Great food, great wine at The Nose
The Nose is part of Cromwell’s exciting new development the Highlands Motorsport Park. It offers lunch and dinner dining, wine tasting (hence the name) and wine sales. It has its own wine range called The Nose which is produced mostly from the grapes that grow surrounding the restaurant at the park and offers an extensive range of Central Otago produced wines. As there were six of us we decided to share a range of entrees and opted for pork, fennel and chilli meatballs with three dips ($11), blue cheese bruschetta with port and grape chutney ($9), and bruschetta with sauteed scallops, lemon pepper, smoked salmon mousse and baby spinach ($11). We thoroughly enjoyed each entree and they were easy to share. The array of flavours left us looking forward to what our mains had to offer. I ordered the eggplant and ricotta gratin with basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese served with potatoes and beetroot and smoked chicken ($25). The dish burst with flavour and after having difficultly deciding on a dish I was glad I wasn’t left with ‘‘food envy’’. The eye fillet steak served with mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, roast vegetable salad and beef jus ($36) was cooked to perfection and the creamy mushroom risotto with truffle oil, grilled chicken fillets and mascarpone and parmesan cheese ($23) was a hearty and gluten free meal. The tangy coconut cream scallops on the surf and turf ($32) – consisting of a roast pork loin marinated with Emerson with red wine steamed cabbage and roast potatoes — ‘‘melted in the mouth’’. The only small downside was the slow braised venison Osso buco ($24) was served slightly colder than preferred. All the dishes were well presented. The Nose wine cost about $30 per bottle and house pinot noir and pinot gris is also available. If you’re not a fan of The Nose wine the cheapest alternative on the menu will set you back $50. Impeccable. Our drink orders and entrees were arrived promptly and the several questions we had to ask our wait staff were easily answer. The staff were very helpful and seemed to to know a lot about the menu – despite it changing a few days earlier. We were all delighted to be given warm bread before our entrees arrived. The inside restaurant area of The Nose is large and open and there is inviting outdoor seating in the sun and among grape vines. On the night we dined at the restaurant it was disappointing there was no background music was playing and all we had to listen to was chatter amongst the other diners. There is a fireplace situated at one end but as we were seated quite far away from it, it was slightly nippy. A couple of people in my group said they had been slightly distracted by a large television screen playing an episode of Top Gear but I assume it was to add to the motorsport feel of the grounds. This would be a great restaurant to enjoy a meal with a group of friends, large or small and is also a perfect place to hold a function. With a very competitively price lunch menu it would be well worth the short drive from Cromwell for a midday bite. The food and service was fantastic and I will no doubt be dropping in to taste the lunch menu.
Fantastic food: The Nose Cafe, Restaurant and Wine Adventure at the Highlands Motorsport Park.