The Cafe

Nick Arnold, the owner and head-chef at Medici, is passionate about food. The Wairarapa produces some of the best ingredients available in New Zealand and Nick uses these local ingredients whenever he can, producing fine food that is delicious, fresh and innovative.

The café menu offers a wide range of choices from a very generous club sandwich through to five spice crispy pork belly, catering for all tastes and preferences. Choose from the tasty treats in our cabinet or from our varied blackboard menu with daily specials.

The café is loved by locals and sought out by visitors, becoming one of the must-visit destinations in Martinborough and the Wairarapa.

Our café setting is relaxed and inviting, with a sunny, sheltered courtyard if you wish to take advantage of the fantastic Wairarapa weather. Our friendly waiting staff will ensure you are welcomed and looked after.

The dinner menu offers fine dining with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Our friendly, professional service ensures you will always have a great time.

Brunch Menu

  • Bruschetta
    Roasted tomatoes with garlic, basil, grilled flat mushrooms, feta & evoo.
  • Chilli Corn Fritters
    $15 / $4
    Guacamole, sour cream & salsa / Add Bacon or Salmon
  • Classic Eggs Benne
    Spinach + Hollandaise on toasted English muffin, with bacon or smoked salmon
  • Enchilada Wrap
    Spicy Beans, scrambled eggs in a breakfast burrito with guacamole, sour cream and havarti cheese.
  • Farmers Breakfast
    Bacon, kranski sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, oven roasted potatoes and free range eggs
  • Kids Menu
    all $10
    Choice of Boiled eggs and soldiers; kids plate; French toast or pancakes with banana and bacon
  • Medici Bacon and Eggs
    Smoked streaky bacon and eggs on sourdough
  • Medici toasted Muesli
    Fresh fruit, natural yoghurt +honey
  • Spanish Eggs
    Chorizo, tomato, coriander & scrambled eggs on oven roasted potatoes
  • Sweet French Toast or Pancake stack
    Maple bacon, banana, spiced blueberries and cream 
  • Toasted Bagels
    $14 / $15
    Smoked Salmon + capers + cream cheese / Avocado, tomato and bacon

Lunch Menu


  • Breads & Dips
    Fresh baked sourdough with extra virgin olive oil, reduced balsamic, warmed marinated olives and homemade dukkah
  • Caesar Salad
    $17 / $19
    Cos lettuce, crispy bacon, anchovies, shaved parmesan, garlic croutons and a free-range poached egg, with traditional ceasar dressing  /  Add Chicken
  • Medici Club Sandwich
    Smoked chicken, crispy bacon, avocado, tomato & mesculin served with french fries and aioli
  • Minute Steak Open Sandwich
    Premium scotch fillet of beef, with grilled sourdough, caramelised onions, fried egg, chilli aioli and hand-cut chips
  • Prawn & Chorizo Linguini
    $16.50 / $19.50
    Served in white wine cream sauce, with rocket, basil and parmesan cheese
  • Salt & Pepper Crispy Squid Salad
    $16.50 / $19.50
    Served with Asian slaw, coriander, peanuts and lime chilli dressing
  • Thai Red Chicken Curry
    With Bok choy, peanuts, coriander and coconut cream, served with jasmine rice and poppodoms


  • Fries and aioli
  • Medici garlic bread


  • Chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla bean Ice-cream
  • Selection of Gelato and Sorbet

Dinner Menu


  • Medici breads, marinated olives and hummus
  • Roasted garlic with grilled bread and local extra virgin olive oil


  • Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters with chickpea, feta, olives and a tahini salad with tzatziki
  • Chicken Liver parfait with pinot jelly, grilled sourdough, cornichons and a blueberry and onion marmalade
  • Chinese Bang Bang Chicken- Spicy poached chicken, Chinese rocket salad and sesame and ginger dressing
  • Spicy Tom Yam Soup with tiger prawns, squid mushrooms, coriander and coconut milk


  • Moroccan Lamb Tagine with dates and chickpeas. Tzatziki, harrissa and cous cous.
  • Beer Battered Fish and hand-cut chips, served with aioli, malt vinegar, mushy peas and pickles
  • Grilled rib-eye Steak on the bone, with Café de Paris butter and hand-cut chips
  • Medici Risotto of the day- Vegetarian / Seafood
    $24 / $28
  • Roasted, Sticky baby Chicken on a cucumber and red onion salad, served with steamed rice
  • Sides - Rocket and parmesan Salad, Fries and aioli, Green Beans
    All $8


  • Honey Comb and white chocolate parfait
  • Selection of Gelato and Sorbet
  • Tart Tartin with vanilla bean ice-cream