The Boat Shed and Cafe at Frankton marina has one of the more enviable locations for a coffee or a bite to eat in Queenstown. Steeped in Wakatipu history, its walls are hung with New Zealand Railways memorabilia, original fittings are incorporated into the decor and its maritime history is evident and abundant. Inside a cosy entranceway there are a few tables and lots of history on the walls while lakeside there is a bright, airy dining room with great views of the marina and Lake Wakatipu. Outside on the deck is one of the best places to relax and enjoy a meal in town, provided the summer weather behaves.
The Boat Shed opened in 2012 and our reviewer was less than impressed with some of the service first time around. Restaurants do need a bit of bedding-in to sort out any problems and that seems to be the case. We were given a window seat with a view and were looked after throughout the meal. We thought the kitchen should have checked the burger before sending it out though. It’s casual dining and, unusually, pets are welcome so if you’re out walking the dog you can stop by for a coffee and a bite.
Very good. We ordered hummus with oil and sourdough bread ($6.50), lamb skewers (12) for appetisers, chicken stuffed with chorizo and feta on creamy mash ($20), a venison burger with roasted chutney, cheddar and salad in a brioche bun ($18) and for dessert a lemon tart with fresh fruit ($12). The appetisers were great, lots of flavour and a hint of spice. The lamb skewers, with lemon couscous, were really good, cooked perfectly and very tender. The standout