Top ser­vice, top food

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

At­mos­phere:

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.

The Food:

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.

The Ser­vice:

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.

Suit­able for:

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.

The Ver­dict:

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.

Photo: BROOKE GAR­DINER

I’ll be back: Ivy & Lola’s Kitchen & Bar on the Steamer Wharf, Queen­stown

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