Local Eateries Getting Ready for Summer

Some of our favourite eateries have used this round of COVID as a time to reflect and revitalise for summer. We went along to try the Shack and Rock-it Kitchen’s new menus as well as to grab a sneak peek of Iso’s renovations currently going on. 

The Shack is a long-standing icon within the township, so we had to seek their new menu. The menu is packed and displays a wide variety of dishes, and of course, their cabinet remains stacked with goodness! We recommend the Chilli crunch rice with peanuts, lime, spring onion & coriander with your choice of soy-ginger bok choy (vegan) or char siu pork belly. The green juice is also a winner, containing cucumber, kale, apple and lemon – definitely the tastiest green juice we have ever had. 

Rock-it Kitchen has just come out with both new lunch and dinner menus for spring. The establishment has found its feet and nailed a substantial range of dishes, including many new vegan and vegetarian. The crowd favourite and our recommendation dish are the Rock-it Power Bowl, which comes with sesame coated avo, kumara, beetroot, mango, peach chutney, and crispy chickpeas green with a choice of tofu or grilled chicken as your protein. The back deck has also been kitted out with many lights, making it the perfect place to watch the sunset from. 

Iso has been under renovation for the last couple of weeks. We went in for a sneak peek of what’s to come and were not disappointed. The fresh new look will be ready for a busy summer season at the cafe and bistro. Iso is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has worked with local producers for fresh ingredients and have many vegetarian and vegan options on their menu. The dish we recommend is the Crayfish ravioli with pecorino, basil and lime beurre blanc-which looks as great as it tastes. Iso is set to re-open on the 30th of this month. 

Raglan has a great selection of eateries, and The Shack, Rock-it Kitchen and Iso are among these, showing vast versatility and growth during these challenging times. More than ever, it is a great time to eat and support our cafes and restaurants, and these places are providing even more delicious incentives to do so! 

Leilani Goodall

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