Re­vamped Sher­wood hits right spot

Good food, friendly ser­vice and the right am­bi­ence make for de­light­ful dining

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

At­mos­phere:

On ar­rival at the restau­rant I was charmed by the colour­ful out­door lights. Once in­side I re­alised there was plenty of room for both large and small groups and plenty of dif­fer­ent ar­eas to dine in, such as at the bar, in front of the fire, or on a lower level where in the day­time there is a stunning view over­look­ing the lake. While they did not take bookings over the phone, I would ex­pect there would not be many times they would have to turn peo­ple away. I loved the stylish decor of the restau­rant which fea­tured a large ob­long bar un­der am­bi­ent light­ing. The bath­rooms were yet to un­dergo trans­for­ma­tion so the dated style gave an in­sight into how much work had gone into the up­grade.

Ser­vice:

Right from when we walked through the door the staff were friendly, help­ful and at­ten­tive. The bar­man spent time telling us about the wine list and eas­ily an­swered our ques­tions – such as ‘‘what is or­ange wine’’. For those of you who don’t know – it’s made from white wine grape va­ri­eties that have spent more time in con­tact with grape skins.

We were shown to our ta­bles in front of a fire and the menu was ex­plained to us, in­clud­ing that it was de­signed to be a communal The cayenne sauer­kraut, kohlrabi salad and the risotto. dining ex­pe­ri­ence ‘‘like at Grandma’s house’’.

Our meals were brought out promptly and checked on sev­eral times. My friend even scored a free glass of wine be­cause it was the last of the bot­tle and they were not com­fort­able charg­ing for it.

Food:

Most meals came in two op­tions, small or large. We opted for the house smoked al­monds ($6), cayenne, sauer­kraut ($8), a small kohlrabi salad with Mt Rosa cheese, popped ca­pers and cav­al­onero ($14), small fish of the day (blue cod $18) and a carnaroli risotto with tar­ragon, lab­neth, pea shoots and pea ($22).

I’ll have to ad­mit, I have never had such tasty al­monds in my life. I ac­tu­ally did not know they could taste that good! The sauer­kraut had a kick of spice to it and was a lit­tle bit more crunchy than other sauer­kraut we’d tried. The kohlrabi salad fea­tured cav­al­onero – which was a type of kale. The fish was cooked per­fectly but a grisly edge could have been re­moved be­fore it was served. With my first bite of the risotto I thought it was go­ing to lack flavour but it proved to hit the spot and had the per­fect tex­ture for the dish. How­ever, it could have been served slightly warmer.

For dessert we chose an av­o­cado, raw ca­cao and fresh berries tart ($14) and a pear, vanilla and Cen­tral Otago honey cake ($12). They both had the per­fect amount of nat­u­ral sweet­ness.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing our meals and get­ting up to leave, I re­alised it was the first time in a long time I had de­voured a three course meal and was not left feel­ing overfed and groggy and swear­ing to hit the gym for the next five days.

Ver­dict:

With­out a doubt I will be adding the Sher­wood as a ‘go to’ place to eat, drink and en­joy en­ter­tain­ment. The Sher­wood is a per­fect retreat away from cen­tral Queen­stown but also within a short drive.

The restau­rant has its own dual slalom bike track, a yoga, pi­lates, mas­sage and med­i­ta­tion teacher and pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment sev­eral nights of the week. While the price of food and wine could creep up – the Sher­wood is a great place to share the smaller size meals with friends and get a taste of ev­ery­thing.

Ad­dress: 554 Frank­ton Rd

Phone: 03 450 1090

Li­censed: Yes

Hours: 8am till late.

Re­viewer: Che Baker Rat­ings: Food: 3.5/4. Ser­vice 4/4. At­mos­phere 2/2. Av­o­cado, raw ca­cao and fresh berry tart and pear, vanilla and Cen­tral Otago honey cake.

The Sher­wood Gold­field Heights en­trance.

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