SHER­WOOD

Good Food Guide - - Central Otago -

Sher­wood is one of those rare places that feels like home and a spe­cial treat at the same time. Form­ing part of a quirky­cool ho­tel and well­ness/yoga re­treat, the restaurant, like the whole com­plex, has made use of up­cy­cling and sus­tain­able de­sign to cre­ate an invit­ing and warm space. Wait­staff are pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cates of Sher­wood’s sus­tain­able ethos, knowl­edge­able about the prove­nance of the in­gre­di­ents and the in­ter­est­ing wine list. On the face of it, the food of head chef Kane Bam­bery (ex Roots and Am­is­field) is sim­ple and homely, but don’t let that fool you. Dishes like pan­fried tarak­ihi with an umami­bomb of cau­li­flower and squid ink puree, ac­com­pa­nied by a del­i­cately dressed salad of radish and cel­ery, are beau­ti­fully bal­anced, sat­is­fy­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing.

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