WELCOME TO CAFE MAX

Welcome to Cafe Max, Nelson's only Spanish restaurant and tapas bar. We are from Spain so our tapas are 'the real deal'.

'Venga y disfrute' the authentic flavours of Spain.

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CAFE MAX MENU

  • Menu

    TAPAS - Small Plates

    Pan de Ajo

    Garlic bread. Toasted ciabatta with fresh garlic, grated cheese and olive oil.

    8
    Patatas bravas

    Roughed fries topped with a spicy tomato-chilli sauce and aioli. Probably the most popular tapa in Spain to accompany any drink. (GF)

    9
    Empanadillas de carne

    Oven baked butter pastry envelopes. Filled with beef tomato, onion, olives, egg and our secret spice.

    9
    Porru Tarta

    Leek Tart. A Classic from the Basque Country. Tender leek cooked in a creamy blue cheese sauce enveloped in a pastry case.

    10
    Pollo al Chilindrón

    Sautéed chicken cubes in a slightly spicy red capsicum garlic and herbs sauce. (GF)

    12
    Croquetas de Pollo

    Creamy chicken croquettes.

    12
    Riñones al jerez

    Sauteed lamb kidney with Sherry, garlic and herbs "Jerez Style". (GF)

    12
    Higaditos al oporto

    Sauteed chicken livers with Port, garlic and herbs. (GF)

    12
    Escalivada

    Grilled vegetables. A Catalonian Favourite! Tomato, zucchini, aubergine, mushrooms and red pepper with Romesco sauce.

    14
    Espinacas a la catalana

    Catalan style spinach sautéed in olive oil with garlic, sultanas, pinenuts and feta cheese. (GF)

    12
    Alcachofas con Jamón

    Sauteed artichokes in olive oil with Spanish cured ham, garlic and herbs on a bed of salad greens. (GF)

    15
    Mejillones al ajillo

    Green lip mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, herbs and a dash of sherry.

    12
    Calamares a la romana

    Crispy squid rings served with aioli and lemon.

    12
    Boquerones a la malagueña

    Crispy fresh anchovies "Málaga style" with aioli and lemon.

    12
    Callos a la madrileña

    Stewed tripe "Madrid style" with tomatoes and red wine.

    12
    Sardinas empanadas a la malagueña

    Crumbed fresh sardines “Málaga style” with aioli and lemon.

    14
    Pincho moruno

    Grilled marinated lamb and vegetable skewer. (GF)

    14
    Brocheta de chorizo y queso

    Grilled chorizo, haloumi and vegetable skewer. (GF)

    14
    Berenjena rellena

    Beef ragout stuffed aubergine baked in the oven on a béchamel sauce. (GF)

    14
    Lomo adobado

    Grilled Pork Loin marinated in Spanish "adobo" served with sautéed chickpeas Madrid Style. (GF)

    14
    Gambas al ajillo

    Succulent banana Prawns (3) sautéed in olive oil and garlic with a hint of chili. (GF)

    15
    Carrillera de buey a la cordobesa

    Braised Ox cheeks Cordoba style with wine, raisins and orange peel.

    15
    Rape con pipirrana

    Grilled Monkfish topped with a vinaigrette of diced tomatoes, capsicum, garlic onion and herbs. (GF)

    14
    Vieiras con Jamón

    Grilled Scallops with Serrano ham, served on a bed of salad.

    18
    Espárragos blancos de Navarra

    Four big white asparagus from Navarre on a bed of salad greens, dressed with an emulsion of extra virgin olive oil, Sherry vinegar and saffron. (GF)

    18
    Fuente de tapas variadas

    Tapas platter of grilled vegetables, empanadilla, chorizo-haloumi and lamb skewers, croquettes, calamari, catalan sautéed spinach, olives, feta and crostini.

    29x1, 55x2
    Fuente de charcutería Ibérica

    Tapas platter of authentic Iberian pork (fed with acorns) charcuterie goods and cheese. The only place in the South Island where you can try it! Featuring: ham, chorizo, salchichón, lomo, Manchego cheese, olives and grilled vegetables and bread.

    45x1, 90x2

    La Cena - Dinner

    Pescado con patatas

    Fish and chips. An English classic also popular in 'The Costas': beer battered market fish with salad and hand cut fries. (Also grilled with no batter).

    22
    Bocadillo de filete Ruso

    The Spanish beef burger: Prime beef pattie, Serrano Ham, Manchego cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, relish and mayonnaise. Served with hand cut fries.

    22
    Ensalada de queso

    Grilled haloumi salad with grilled figs, Manzanilla olives, cherry tomatoes, grilled apricots, roasted almonds and seasonal greens.

    23
    Ensalada de pollo

    Grilled breast chicken salad with Galicia blue cheese, tomatoes, Manzanilla olives, cherry tomatoes, grilled apricots, roasted almonds, pear and seasonal greens. (GF)

    23
    Ensalada de salmón

    Pan-fried salmon fillet salad with grilled artichoke, cherry tomatoes, Manzanilla olives, avocado, boiled egg, roasted almonds and seasonal greens. (GF)

    25
    Ensalada de cordero

    Grilled lamb backstrap salad with cherry tomatoes, Manzanilla olives, feta, grilled figs, roasted almonds and seasonal greens. (GF)

    25
    Paella Valenciana

    The most famous Spanish rice dish. Chicken, shrimps mussels, fish and diced vegetables cooked in stock with bomba rice to create an intense and delicious combination of flavours for the senses. (GF) (Minimum 2 people, wait 30-40 minutes or pre-order).

    25pp
    Paella de Marisco

    Seafood paella, featuring banana prawns, scampi, shrimps, musssels fish and diced vegetables cooked in stock with bomba rice to create an intense and delicious combination of flavours for the senses. (GF) (Minimum 2 people, wait 30-40 minutes or pre-order).

    29pp
    Fideus rossejats

    Roasted vermicelli "paella" with chicken, shrimp, mussels, fish and diced vegetables cooked in stock to create the perfect pasta dish Spanish style. (Minimum 2 people, wait 30-40 minutes or pre-order).

    25pp
    Pescado a la cazuela

    Fish of the day prepared in and earthenware dish on a fume with seafood and vegetables. Ask waiting person or see board.

    29
    Solomillo de buey

    Pure Angus eye fillet steak served to your liking with a Rioja wine sauce, hand cut fries and salad. (GF)

    35

    POSTRES - DESSERTS

    Crema Catalana

    Crème brulée: a Spanish invention! With whole cream and vanilla.

    10
    Milhoja de Chocolate en torta de aceite

    Crispy olive oil Seville mille-feuille with chocolate mousse and ice cream.

    12
    Helado de turrón

    Home made Spanish Christmas almond nougat ice cream. Delicious!

    12
    Blanco y negro

    "Black and White" Vanilla ice cream, espresso, shot of silky PX Sherry and biscuit.

    16
    Tabla de quesos

    Spanish Cheese platter: Galicia blue and Idiazábal cheese, with fruit, chutney nuts and crackers.

    24

    POSTRES LIQUIDOS - LIQUID DESSERTS

    Pedro Almodóvar

    Advocaat, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon.

    12
    Noche Andaluza

    Andalusian night: hot chocolate, menthe liqueur and whipped cream.

    12
    Penélope

    Café Americano, Tía Maria and liquid cream.

    12
    La locura de Picasso

    Picasso’s madness: Café Americano, Napoleon brandy and liquid cream.

    12
    Torero

    Hot chocolate, amaretto and whipped cream.

    12

    Disclaimer: There may be extra ingredients in the dishes that are not mentioned in the menu, like nuts in the salads. Please let us know of any allergies or intolerances.

  • Drinks

    Coffee & Hot Drinks

    Espresso

    3.8

    Long Black

    3.8

    Machiatto

    3.8

    Flat White

    4

    Flat White Large

    4.5

    Cappuccino

    4

    Capuccino Large

    4.5

    Latte

    4.5

    Hot Chocolate

    4.5

    Chai

    4.5

    Teas

    Black Tea

    Pomeroy's Breakfast Earl Grey Sun Pekoe

    3.8 for 1 / 4.5 for 2
    Green Tea

    Jade Green Japanese Lime Bai Mu Dan

    3.8 for 1 / 4.5 for 2
    Fruit Tea

    Grans Garden Otago Summer Fruit Lemon Citrus

    3.8 for 1 / 4.5 for 2
    Herbal Tea

    Chamomile Peppermint Rooibos

    3.8 for 1 / 4.5 for 2

    Non-Alcoholic

    Otakiri Still Water 300ml

    3.5

    Otakiri Sparkling Water 300ml

    3.5

    Stoke Lemon, Lime And Bitters From Nelson

    4.5
    Most Organic Juices

    Apple-Blackcurrant Apple-peach Apple-feijoa Apple Apple-orange-mango

    4.5
    Frank's Soft Drinks

    Sparkling key lime lemon & bitters Sparkling tangy blood orange Tangy blood orange Sparkliing ruby red grapefruit

    4.5

    Deep Origin New Zealand Sparkling Water 750ml

    7.5

    Coca Cola

    4.5

    L&P

    4.5

    Schweppes Tonic Water

    4.5
    Pete's Natural Soft Drinks From Nelson

    Lime-onade Orange-berry Lemonade Currant crush

    4.5
    Chia Nutricious Drinks From Nelson

    Blackcurrant & apple Blueberry & apple Orange & passion

    6

    Aperitivos - Aperitives

    Margarita - Margarita: Tequila, Cointreau, and lemon juice

    14

    Pasión Sevillana – Sevillian passion: Cherry brandy and Sauvignon blanc

    14

    El beso de Carmen – Carmen’s Kiss: Cherry brandy and Freixenet sparkling

    14

    Agua de Valencia - Valencia's water: Natural orange juice and Freixenet sparkling

    14

    El sueño de Dalí – Dalí’s dream: Peach juice and Freixenet Sparkling

    14

    Cervezas Y Sidras - Beers and Ciders

    2 Stoke Low Alcohol Beer

    8

    Estrella Barcelona lager on tap 400 ml

    10

    Estrella Barcelona Lager on tap 500 ml

    12

    Moritz Barcelona Lager 330 ml bottle

    10

    Inedit spicy Spanish Lager 750 ml bottle

    22

    Captain Cooker Manuka flavoure Ale from Nelson 330 ml bottle

    9

    Emmerson's hopy Ale 330 ml bottle

    10

    Emmerson's Pilsner Ale 500 ml bottle

    10

    Peckham's Moutere traditional apple cider 330 ml bottle

    10

    Sangría 1L Jug serves 4

    34

    Freixnet white sparkling Sangría 750ml bottle

    30

    Vinos - Wines

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Allan Scott, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

    Glass 9 / Bottle 38

    Pinot Gris

    Allan Scott, Nelson Pinot Gris

    Glass 9 / Bottle 38

    Chardonnay

    Kumeu Village, Kumeu Chardonnay

    Glass 11 / Bottle 42

    Matawhero, Gisborne Chardonnay

    Bottle 55

    Riesling

    Framingham Classic, Marlborough Riesling

    Glass 11 / Bottle 42

    Gewurztraminer

    Seifreid Nelson Gewurztraminer

    Glass 11 / Bottle 45

    Albariño

    Sin Palabras, DO Rias Baixas Spain

    Bottle 75

    Tempranillo Rosé

    Marqués de Cácereres, DO Rioja, Spain

    Glass 10 / Bottle 38

    Pinot Noir

    Kate Radburn, Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir

    Glass 11 / Bottle 48

    Akarua Rua, Central Otago Pinot Noir

    Bottle 58

    Merlot

    Dusky Sounds, Hawke’s Bay Merlot

    Glass 10 / Bottle 35

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Chakana, Mendoza, Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon

    Glass 11 / Bottle 38

    Shiraz

    De Bortoli's Deen Australian Shiraz

    Glass 10 / Bottle 35

    Tempranillo

    Maqués de Riscal Proximo, DO Rioja Spain

    Glass 12 / Bottle 45

    Sardón, DO Vinos de Castilla Spain

    Bottle 60

    Tempranillo-Merlot

    Pedro Pasion, DO Navarra Spain

    Glass 11 / Bottle 38

    Monastrell/Mouvedre

    Ursula, DO Valencia Spain

    Bottle 48

    Grenache-syrah-merlot-tempranillo

    Lasendal, DO Montsant Spain

    Bottle 60

    Cava – Sparkling Wine

    Freixenet brut 200 ml sparkling, DO Cava Spain

    Bottle 11

    Freixenet brut 750 ml sparkling, DO Cava Spain

    Bottle 38

    Noble Riesling

    Seifried Sweet Agnes 375 ml, Nelson

    Bottle 35

    Sherry

    Tio Pepe fino, DO Jerez Spain (75 ml)

    Glass 14

    El Candado PX Rich Sherry, DO Jerez Spain (75 ml)

    Glass 14

    Port

    Quinta de la Rosa Ruby, DO Porto Portugal (75 ml)

    Glass 14

    Quinta de la Rosa Tawny, DO Porto Portugal (75 ml)

    Glass 14

    Licores Y Orujos – Spirits and Liqueurs (30ml serve)

    Martini Bianco

    9

    Christie's NZ Gin

    9

    42 Below NZ Vodka

    9

    Cointreau

    10

    Bulldog Gin

    14

    Hendrick’s Gin

    18

    Presidente Alvear Brandy

    18

    Stolen Gold Premium Trinidad & Tobago Rum

    10

    1800 Tequila Reserva

    16

    McKenna Kentucky Straight BourBon

    12

    Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

    16

    Monkey Shoulder Malt blend Scotch

    16

    Jura Single Malt 10 Year Scotch

    16

    Dalwhinnie Single Malt 15 Year Scotch

    24

    Galliano: Amaretto, Sambucca

    12

    Tia Maria

    10

    Grand Marnier

    12

    Drambuie

    12

    Luigi Francolli Grappa di Moscato

    12
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Hours
Drop by for a coffee, wine or a bite to eat,
for larger groups call ahead to
make a reservation.

Cafe Max
136 Hardy Street,
Nelson, 7040

Phone: (03) 546 8304
Victor Flores, General Manager
cafemax@vodafone.co.nz



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