Cuisine - - TRAVEL -

Should you be able to pull your­self away from the com­fort of Eichardt’s and want to ven­ture out for a bite, here are our rec­om­men­da­tions for more top ex­pe­ri­ences in and around town.

AMISFIELD BISTRO A short drive out of town but def­i­nitely worth the trip. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Vaughan Mabee in­vents New Zealand haute cui­sine with a level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion, tech­ni­cal wiz­ardry and im­pec­ca­ble de­liv­ery, tak­ing hum­ble food mem­o­ries (Vo­gel’s bread, Goody Goody Gum­drops ice cream, paua pies, a sim­ple fei­joa) and rein­ter­pret­ing them in con­tem­po­rary and clever ways. / amisfield.co.nz

BOTSWANA BUTCHERY Vel­vet-up­hol­stered arm­chairs, quirky, meat-cleaver door han­dles, lush wall­pa­per and lots of fire­places – great for an Otago win­ter – make Botswana Butchery a very wel­com­ing spot on the Queen­stown water­front. Set­tle down on the lake­side ter­race or sink into big leather so­fas, and put your­self in the hands of ex­ec­u­tive chef, Thomas Barta, for a menu se­lec­tion that’s truly stu­pen­dous. /botswanabutch­ery.co.nz/queen­stown

RATA Rata oozes the essence of New Zealand, warm and re­laxed, yet el­e­gant and served with a pinch of fun. Co-own­ers Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton have hit the sweet spot, serv­ing up thought­ful food brim­ming with in­spi­ra­tion from the south­ern land­scape. / rata­din­ing.co.nz

FISHBONE Con­sis­tently busy, con­sis­tently fresh, Queen­stown’s Fishbone has been a con­stant for years in a fast-chang­ing re­gion. Owner-chef Dar­ren Lovell sources the fresh­est fish as close to home as pos­si­ble and his own Fishbone Farm grows much of the pro­duce. / fish­bonequeen­stown.co.nz

SHERWOOD An uber-cool eco-ho­tel, yoga and well­ness re­treat and restau­rant, Sherwood is built on the premise of a re­spect for na­ture and sus­tain­able prac­tices and this whole­heart­edly car­ries through to the restau­rant. The bio­dy­namic kitchen gar­den sup­plies more than 60% of the veg­eta­bles and herbs used in the kitchen and some oth­ers are for­aged lo­cally. / sher­woodqueen­stown.nz

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