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).