I’ve just come back from a week in Queenstown with Sarah (which I’ll tell you more about later – it was sooooo good to be back in New Zealand) so this month’s what’s on my plate comes to you from there.
This isn’t my first time in Queenstown and I’ve told you about other Queenstown restaurants before (try this post); it has, however, been way too long between visits. Anyways, here’s where we ate (and drank). While these posts mightn’t look like it, we did practice some moderation… Most days we either had brekkie or lunch – but not both – and we didn’t eat dessert. Always, though, there was mulled wine…
Vudu Cafe and Larder is still my fave. That could possibly be because I used it as the inspiration for Beach Road Cafe in my Queenstown novels (Wish You Were Here, Happy Ever After and The Little Cafe By The Lake). The queues at breakfast would tell you though that this place is good.
The portions are large enough to set you up for a day on the slopes, but as Sarah and I weren’t skiing, we judiciously didn’t clear our plates.
She had the Vudu Benedict – low and slow-cooked pork belly, poached eggs, potato loaf, apple cider hollandaise, crackling salt and microgreens – and I had curried potatoes served with tomato, poached eggs, labneh and chilli oil with naan to wipe up the yummy juices.
If you’re after a bacon roll, you can’t go past here. It’s quirky, quick, and has a great vibe.
I had a bacon and egg roll and Sarah went for the pikelets with jam and cream.
While we didn’t eat there this time, Fergbaker does a great line in ready-made egg and bacon rolls, and their pastries are great – as is evidenced by the queue. Fergburger does breakfast burgers, but again, be prepared to queue.
If it’s your first time in Queenstown do the Fergburger queueing thing (and yes, it is a thing), otherwise…
Head down to the Steamer Wharf (you can’t miss it) and take your pick of lakeside cafes. We like Pier, Public Kitchen & Bar, and Ivy and Lola’s. I love the vintage bric-a-brac at Ivy and Lola’s – especially this repurposed piano.
This seafood chowder from Ivy and Lola’s was the business on a cold day.
Okay, here you’re spoilt for choice – but you will need to book.
Blue Kanu – Asian Pacific Fusion (Polynasia) with fabulous food and a great vibe. Sadly too dark for decent photos, but everything we had was fantastic. The torched salmon with wakame, pickled vegetables and yuzu; and the Fijian fish kokoda, sago and squid ink crackers with avocado and coconut were stand-outs in an evening of standouts.
White and Wongs. The decor is fab, the cocktail list tempting, and the menu full of Asian street-style food we wanted to try. The crispy soft shell crab was the winner here.
The Bunker. This was our “special” night, and man, was it memorable. Neither Sarah nor I could fault anything about the food or the experience.
We started with a few oysters, moved on to scallops (Sarah) and hare (me) and finished with lamb (Sarah) and venison (me). Just perfect. On the side were truffled potato croquettes and greens.
My tip? Head upstairs before your booking for a glass of red or a cocktail by the fire.
If you’re staying at the Novotel Lakeside or St Moritz, both of these have great in-house restaurants which are surprisingly (for hotels) good. Unfortunately, covid has still left my lungs a tad on the depressed side so we didn’t walk up the hill for St Moritz’s famous lasagne (and lake views) this time, but it is worth tackling the (short but steep) path up.
It’s winter on this side of the world and Queenstown is a winter wonderland – so that means mulled wine.
Pier do one with a cinnamon-sugar crusted rim, but our fave was the one at Captains Bar and the one at The Bathhouse – both of which were made with Mt Rosa Rose.
This trip was very light on in the scone department, but we did share a savoury one at The Bathhouse – which we had with a mulled wine…#asyoudo
Sarah couldn’t leave town without having an ice cream – and rated this one from Patagonia very highly indeed.
Have you been to Queenstown? Any foodie recommendations?