Although New Zealand is more than 7,000 miles from the Treasure Valley, you don’t need a passport to get a taste of the island country now that Kiwi Shake & Bake (611 S. Eighth St., on the bottom floor of The Afton) has opened up shop.
On the savory side, the eatery offers hand pies in a variety of flavors like potato and leek, steak and cheese, seafood, bacon and egg, mince and more; sausage rolls; soup; and other items, including “mousetraps,” a signature New Zealand baked dish comprising an amalgam of meat, cheese, veggies and canned spaghetti noodles (seriously) piled on a thick slice of bread.
On the sweeter end of the spectrum, Kiwi has a host of confections, including ice-cream, brownies, carrot cake, “yo-yo’s” (not-too-sweet frosting slathered between two shortbread cookies) and “lolly cakes,” another New Zealand specialty (typically made with malt biscuits and marshmallow-like candy).
If the display cases look like the racks at a designer outlet store after a liquidation sale, don’t panic. Along with the stellar eats and beautifully appointed space, customer service is a focus at Kiwi: In less than 10 minutes, the friendly server/cashier had a fresh hot chicken-and-mushroom pie bagged and ready to go. Half of the pie—tender chunks of chicken and mushroom, and a well-seasoned white gravy all cozied up in a flaky crust—coupled with the dense, buttery cookies and frosting swath of a yo-yo made for a delightful meal for two, which was immediately followed by plans to repeat the experience as soon and as often as possible.
With prices at $7-$9 for a pie and $4 for a sweet, a meal at Kiwi won’t break the bank. Plus, a latte is only $3.50, and the beer and wine list is equally affordable: A bottle of the New Zealand 13 Celsius sauvignon blanc is just $8. So if a trek to New Zealand isn’t in the budget, a trip (or 10) to Kiwi Shake & Bake is a delicious—and much less expensive—alternative. No passport required.