Fit for captain’s table
also own Pier 19 on Steamer Wharf, it was no surprise that the food was delicious and the service first class. My husband was very satisfied with his pumpkin and ginger soup ($12), which had just the right whiff of spicy spark to it and was served with warm bread. I chose the salt and pepper calamari as an entree ($15), served with an interesting twist, on a wooden platter board, a delicious chilli aioli drizzled beneath. Very tasty. We found ourselves excitedly looking forward to the blue cod with walnut and lemon aioli as fish of the day. It was 8pm, the restaurant was packed and the blue cod had sold out. Darn! However, a beautiful crispyskinned, pan-seared sea run Stewart Island salmon ($28.50), served with brussel sprouts, fennel, cabbage and pancetta made a tasty second best for me. My husband tucked into the tender salt and pepper calamari served as a main ($24), which arrived with perfectly steamed green beans, courgettes, carrot and broccoli and mint potatoes. This was exceptional. Our English waiter was very eager to please and extremely vigilant in ensuring my meal was totally gluten free, rushing back and forth with instructions to the chef. He couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful. The rustic charm of Captain’s stacked schist stone wall interiors and original polished wooden floors was tastefully offset by dimly-lit candles and walls clad with historic Queenstown photo- graphs. Copper sculptures of fish adorned the walls above the suede booth seating in our corner of the restaurant. It was the perfect restaurant setting. It’s suitable for anyone and everyone, but some cosy alcoves make it perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Captain’s is a winner year-round, with prime outdoor seating in warmer weather and cosy winter dining with a fireplace. Staff were pleasant, professional and efficient, which I believe always makes the food taste better regardless. However, in this case the food stood out on its own and was also reasonably priced. The polished presentation was testament to the top-class operators who run this establishment. We even enjoyed playing ‘Queenstown tour guides’ to our friendly out-of-town table neighbours. A very enjoyable dining experience.