Top service, top food
Ivy & Lola’s offers an inviting, unpretentious and relaxing dining experience. The interesting decor, which includes a wall of old radios and a piano which houses cutlery, gives diners several items to discuss and even encourages a little reminiscing. Adding to the nostalgia provided by the decor is the interesting collection of crockery brought to the table – think ceramic water jugs and old, familiar pieces of china.
Offering something for everyone on all three menus, Ivy & Lola’s serves up hearty fare using delicacies sourced from all over the southern region. On the evening menu, an interesting range of palatetempting entrees ranging in price from $7.50 for Andree’s fresh bread to $22 for half a dozen Tio Point oysters, tempt the diner. All mains are priced under $30, which is very good value for money given the quality ingredients used, generous servings and aesthetically pleasing presentation. With the intention of sharing our meals in order to sample a range of mains, we ordered the three-hour slow roasted rib-eye steak seared with potato gratin, winter vegetables and whole garlic, pinot and thyme jus ($29.90), Wild Fiordland venison mussaman curry with coconut and coriander served with lemon and saffron spiced couscous ($26) and the Cecil Peak Lamb Duo of seared prime cuts and slow-braised ragu with confit garlic mash, chorizo and tomatoes ($29.90). All meals were delicious. The meat was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. We were rather full, but the dessert menu looked too good to pass up so we shared a chocolate fondant ($13). The explosion of warm chocolate sauce, tasty berries and sponge was the perfect combination to complete a beautiful meal.
We received a warm welcome on arrival and attentive service throughout our dining experience. A watchful eye was kept on our drinks and our water glasses were filled before they emptied. If you like good service, I recommend Ivy & Lola’s.
Ivy & Lola’s caters for all ages and offers a varied breakfast, lunch and dinner menu at good value prices for the high quality of the fare. Whether you are looking for a quiet spot to enjoy an intimate meal for two or have a larger group, Ivy & Lola’s offers a setting perfect for all occasions.
Ivy & Lola’s is a welcome addition to Queenstown’s extensive range of dining options. The food is divine, the atmosphere relaxing and staff welcoming. It is no surprise this has already become a firm favourite with many locals. I’m looking forward to the weather heating up so I can enjoy a long lunch outside in the sun at Ivy & Lola’s. If you are yet to visit, I recommend you do – I’ve already been back twice.
I’ll be back: Ivy & Lola’s Kitchen & Bar on the Steamer Wharf, Queenstown