Unfortunately Les Mills had closed, as there was no power or water to their building, but they confirmed the Ferrymead gym was open, so we got our Boxing Day workout in, albeit with a slightly longer journey at either end. Once we'd worked off yesterday's sins we had planned to grab a bite to eat at the Pita Pit on High Street (thanks to a GrabOne deal I nabbed a while back) so headed back into town. Unfortunately navigation was a bit of a challenge as lots of the streets were closed, and our first two attempts at parking (in the Lichfield St/Ballantynes carpark and The Crossing) were scuppered by people ushering us away. We did manage to find a spot on the street a little further down, though, and wandered down High Street, finding that thankfully (Mr Cake was pretty desperate for his lunch!) Pita Pit was still open.
Pita pit is pretty much like Subway, except with pita pockets instead of bread. One of my colleagues gets his lunch from the Wellington one pretty much every day, but the queues (well, and that I tend to bring my lunch most days since it saves me lots of money!) put me off doing that. There was a small queue for us but since we hadn't tried the pitas before it was good to have a couple of minutes to figure out what we wanted.
The main menu lets you choose the protein - I opted for chicken caesar (i.e. chicken and bacon) and Mr Cake chose felafel - and then you pick your spread, salads, cheese and dressing.
We didn't even get as far as the door before we were both chomping into our lunch, and it was delicious - pretty much spot on for a post-Christmas post-workout lunch - both healthy and very satisfying. The salad was great, the dressings were nice (I would have been happy with a little less but then I'm not a big dressing person) and I was really impressed with the chicken and bacon - it actually tasted like what it was, which is no mean feat for a takeaway. Definitely a recommended option for lunch - it's a bit pricey, up to $10.90 for a large pita, but I'd be happy with a smaller one for every day (I actually didn't finish my large one, and I had just come from the gym). Just watch the dressing doesn't leak out the bottom as happened to me!
And as we ate we got to watch workers scurrying about rolling out emergency tape and scrutinising buildings - not our ideal lunchtime entertainment (we'd definitely prefer the ground stayed put and buildings didn't crumble!) but interesting all the same.
What meals do you have to "recover" from your Christmas enjoyment? Do you stretch out the deliciousness or resume normal mealtime transmission immediately?
Pita Pit is located at 250 High Street, Christchurch, ph 03 377 7485, pitapit.co.nz