Unique Kiwi din­ing

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Food:

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.

The ser­vice:

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 at­mos­phere:

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.

Suit­able for:

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.

The ver­dict:

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

To­tal: 8/10

Re­viewed by: Brooke Gar­diner

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Photo: 627914448

Lava-ly: Molten choco­late pud­ding with hokey pokey ice cream and Heilala vanilla cream.

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