Ser­vice:

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

Food:

An ar­ray of mixed boards, crispy fresh sal­ads and wine were sit­ting on other guests’ ta­bles when we ar­rived. It was warm, bor­der­ing on hot on an early spring day sur­rounded by quin­tes­sen­tial Cen­tral Otago views, vines, farm­land and craggy hills. We de­cided against en­trees based on the gen­er­ous far­m­gate board serv­ings. That said, the rab­bit ril­lette ($12.50) and goat’s cheese souf­fle ($12) sounded re­ally good. We or­dered a far­m­gate board ($50) and North­burn Sta­tion merino ($28) with glasses of North­burn pinot gris ($8.50) and pinot noir ($13.50). Both were de­li­cious, with stand­out juicy ten­der lamb and Akaroa salmon. The se­lec­tion board in­cluded amerino ter­rine, the salmon, chicken liver and thyme pate, mus­sels with salsa, North­burn pick­les and chut­neys, White­stone cheeses, farm-baked bread and spreads. All lips­mack­ingly de­li­cious. The slow-cooked lamb shoul­der and smoked short-ribs were served with wild thyme pota­toes, greens and a pinot jus. The lamb was ex­cep­tional, ten­der, juicy and flavour­some and cooked to per­fec­tion, nicely matched with a glass of the sig­na­ture pinot noir. The far­m­gate kitchen is sup­plied with or­ganic pro­duce from the on­site gar­dens, pro­duc­ing sea­sonal veg­eta­bles and fresh touches for many of the dishes. Great. Seat­ing is avail­able in­side and out, it was warm­ing up so we were seated out­side with a view to Lake Dunstan, vines and the farm. Our wait­ress was at­ten­tive and thor­ough, ex­plain­ing the dishes and their prove­nance. The cof­fee be­fore­hand was very good. At the end of the meal, with al­most ev­ery­thing ex­cept the cheeses pol­ished off, we were given a take­away box of bits for later. It was hot though and it might be an idea to of­fer more shaded seat­ing, an um­brella or sun­screen for cus­tomers.

At­mos­phere:

It’s a re­laxed vibe and a venue that of­fers great value ca­sual up­mar­ket din­ing. The venue is also ideal for par­ties, func­tions and wed­dings given the set­ting and its am­ple photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. With views to Lake Dunstan and the Pisa Range, the sta­tion has one of the best out­looks in the dis­trict.

Verdict:

Amust-do Cen­tral Otago lunch stop.

De­li­cious: The far­m­gate board.

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