Unique Kiwi dining
With so many delicious dishes on offer we took our time selecting. Elements offers an extensive menu which includes a range of starters, mains, pizza and desserts with a very kiwi flavour. To start, we shared the crispy crumbed Aorangi double cream brie with beetroot and horopito salsa, $9, and were not disappointed. The tasty morsels were delicious and the salsa was tasty offering the perfect appetiser before our main meal. Keen to test the menu we ordered two mains to share; the Canterbury Angus beef eye fillet with horseradish mash, red onion and horopito relish, piko piko and Central Otago pinot noir jus, $37, got top marks and was cooked to perfection. The meal also offered my dining companion and I our first opportunity to try pikopiko, an edible fern shoot, which this fussy diner thought to be pretty good. We also ordered the Rangitikei chicken breast stuffed with cottage cheese, spinach, bacon and macadamia nuts with garlic mashed potato, broccoli and native fern pesto, $34. The meal was tasty, but the chicken a little dry which was disappointing.
Canterbury Angus beef eye fillet with horseradish mash, red onion and horopito relish, pikopiko and Central Otago pinot noir jus. BROOKE GARDINER 627914443 Rounding out our dining experience with amolten chocolate pudding with hokey pokey ice cream and Heilala vanilla cream, $14, was a grand idea. The melting chocolate and ice-cream combination was delicious and perfect to share.
From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we received excellent service from several hotel staff. Our waitress was friendly and offered advice on the menu and also offered to check with the chef when we had questions she could not answer. We were checked on regularly and had our water glasses filled without having to ask. The only aspect of the service which let the restaurant down was the unreasonable length of time we had to wait for our first drinks.
The quiet and relaxed atmosphere at Elements provided the perfect setting to wind down after a busy day at work. Having arrived feeling a bit tired, it took no time for us to feel completely relaxed.
The spacious restaurant, located on the edge of central Queenstown, offers a dining option for groups of all sizes and ages. The atmosphere offers the perfect setting for a date, meeting or get together with friends. The menu is fairly priced for the quality of food on offer and caters to a range of tastes and dietary requirements.
With great food, great service and a relaxing atmosphere, Elements Restaurant is a great choice for anyone looking to enjoy a delicious meal in a quiet setting. The staff were welcoming, friendly and went the extra mile to ensure our dining experience was enjoyable. The menu offers a unique twist on traditional kiwi fare with plenty of choice to suit all tastes. We really enjoyed our meal and would recommend Elements to local residents and visitors.
Elements Restaurant Address: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Earl St. Ph: 03 442 7750 Licensed: Yes. Hours: Breakfast 6 till 10.30am, dinner 6 till 10pm. Rating: Food 3/4, Service 3/4, Atmosphere 2/2
Reviewed by: Brooke Gardiner
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Lava-ly: Molten chocolate pudding with hokey pokey ice cream and Heilala vanilla cream.