Kaikoura Seafood BBQ

Kaikoura Seafood BBQ is the only other food truck in Kaikoura, in a similar fashion to Nins Bin. Its location at the town fringes is evidently advantageous; they attract a larger crowd despite the lackluster seafood and drab landscape - boring shrubs lining an endless stretch of tarmac. It's a good distance away from the sea so all you see are shrubs, the blue sky above and the grey road ahead. A monotonous, uninspired, and dreary view.

I say, skip Kaikoura Seafood BBQ, and take the short drive out to Nin's Bin instead. It's a strikingly gorgeous drive, the food is markedly better, and the view incomparably breathtaking.

The Grilled Crayfish ($38) had been left on the sizzler too long, resulting in rubbery and insipid flesh. Such a terrible waste of a beautiful crayfish. In contrast, the Garlic Scallops ($9 for half dozen), while minuscule, was perfectly cooked, retaining its plump lusciousness.

The Grilled Fish ($17) was dreadfully undersalted and overcooked; what a double whammy.

The decade-old outfit is more well-staffed, but because there's a much larger crowd here than at Nin's Bin, waiting times for your order will likely hit the 45-minute mark at peak hours.

So much potential, but so regrettably crummy. We were initially tempted to add on the eggy whitebait fritter, but after both duds, didn't want to make it a reverse hat trick.

Kaikoura Seafood BBQ
Open weekdays 11am to 8pm;
Saturday from 11am to 3pm;
Closed on Sundays

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