Revamped Sherwood hits right spot
Good food, friendly service and the right ambience make for delightful dining
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.
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.
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.
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
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.