Good Food Guide - - Marlborough -

Housed in a her­itage build­ing on Nel­son’s main drag, Hop­good has been go­ing strong since 2005 and last year, own­ers Kevin and Jane Hop­good ex­tended the restaurant into the neigh­bour­ing space, cre­at­ing a sep­a­rate bar area. Head chef Aaron Bal­lan­tyne turns out in­ter­est­ing, ex­pertly ex­e­cuted bistro dishes, with the fo­cus on su­per-fresh, lo­cally sourced sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents. You might start with plump scampi with crumbed cau­li­flower and artichoke salsa in a le­mony dress­ing, then move on to per­fectly cooked An­gus beef fil­let with onions, mush­rooms and a pi­quant salsa verde, fin­ish­ing with honey-roasted pear with gin­ger­bread, wal­nut gra­nola ahnd but­ter­milk ice cream. Knowl­edge­able, wel­com­ing staff will guide you through the solid drinks list, with a wel­come se­lec­tion of half-bot­tle op­tions.

284 Trafal­gar St, 03 545 7191, hop­goods.co.nz Din­ner Mon-sat; mains $36-$39

IN BRIEF Next-level bistro fare with a strong sense of place

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