The owner of the Te Anau B&B where we stayed mentioned that many of her guests had enjoyed Redcliff Restaurant. We walked in early on a Saturday night without reservations and we were seated right away as the place was nearly empty. A half hour later, it started to get busy. We were wary of ordering too much as when we entered the restaurant, we couldn't help but see into the kitchen, where two young men (they looked like teen agers) were behind the stove. This made us skeptical, as we were already on-guard, having had a bad expensive meal in Queenstown a couple of days earlier. So we only ordered two mains, even though we were hungry as we had hiked up to Key Summit earlier in the day and hadn't eaten since breakfast.
Our worries were unfounded. We had two excellent meals here--so hearty and delicious. My husband had the Wild Goat Goulash served with herb bread dumplings. I had the Fare Game Wild Hare Backstrap served medium rare atop a crispy parmesan cased mushroom & truffle oil barley risotto, with wilted greens & baby beets. The strips of hare were perfectly done, absolutely tender, and the risotto was creamy and luscious. We each had a glass of 2009 Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir, which was as good a value as the food.
Even though we only ordered mains, we left satisfied. The restaurant is small, charming, and casual, but would also make a nice spot for a romantic meal. Wish we could go there more often. We would be regulars. A wonderful restaurant that excels at serving game meats.
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