This is a wonderful small place, so do yourself a favor and book ahead to dine here. The food is well-prepared, nicely presented, tasty, and the ingredients are top-notch (fresh and local). The service was friendly, helpful and non-hurried. The wine list, though not extensive, offered an excellent selection by the glass, offering an opportunity to try wines from various New Zealand regions without having to invest in an entire bottle (which you could also do). The setting is casual and the decor is homey; this feels like a cozy neighborhood family-run establishment that's miles away instead of just minutes away from bustling and busy downtown. But it IS just a few minutes drive from the Esplanade, just off the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road, up Fernhill Road in a tiny strip mall; parking was right in front or on the street. If walking, it would be a long uphill walk, which wouldn't be fun in bad weather. We started our meal with a shared small pizza with blue cod, chili prawns, lots of cheese, and a lemon wedge on the side for added kick. Good crust. For my main, I ordered the duck confit on a bed of mesclun with puy lentils. It was delicious and done to my tastes, however, as I had gone on a hike earlier and had skipped lunch, there wasn't enough duck to satisfy my hunger for protein and I ended up making myself a snack a few hours later. My husband was very pleased with the venison loin with mushroom risotto (high praise as he grew up eating his Italian mother's risotto, we also regularly dine on venison at home). My husband had a glass of Vinoptima Gewurtraminer with the pizza, and Two Paddocks Pinot Noir (not the Picnic, but the regular Two Paddocks) with the venison. I had a glass of Drumsara Pinot Noir. We would definitely return on our next visit to Queenstown. Don't expect fancy, complicated preparations or innovative cuisine--this isn't Amisfield (which is also wonderful, but on a whole other level). The food here is non-pretentious, like that of a highly skilled home chef with a great palate or like fine bistro food.
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