FLEURS PLACE

Good Food Guide - - Canterbury -

There are few restau­rants in New Zealand where you can watch a fish­ing boat berth along­side and its catch taken straight into the kitchen to be cooked and served. Fleurs Place has be­come a leg­end for its spank­ingly fresh seafood and its quirky re­cy­cled tim­ber build­ing on the wa­ter’s edge in the sleepy fish­ing vil­lage of Mo­er­aki. The warm hospi­tal­ity of Fleur Sul­li­van (above) and her in­sis­tence on lo­cal and sea­sonal food sim­ply but deliciously pre­pared are key to her suc­cess. Not to be missed is her fa­mous rich, toma­toey seafood chow­der served with chunky home­made bread, or the kaimoana plat­ter of smoked and marinated del­i­ca­cies such as blue cod, queen scal­lops, cock­les and deliciously moist smoked eel. More ad­ven­tur­ous din­ers might try that south­ern Māori sea­sonal del­i­cacy, mut­ton­bird (tītī).

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