There are not many places to dine well n Te Anau but this is most definitely one of them.
The restaurant is a purpose built but doesn't look like it. In fact it looks more like a villa from the 1900's. There is a spot outside to dine which has a view out over a park towards the lake so being one street back does not obscure the view.
The restaurant has a focus on game with hare, venison, mutton bird, goat as prime beef and lamb all on the menu. I had the manuka smoked salmon to start which was obviously done on site, not the usual supermarket fare and to follow the Southland wild venison. Both dishes were exceptional.
Their wine list left a bit to be desired but covered all the mains things you wanted. A feature was to be able to do a tasting of the three pinot noirs that they have on with dinner.
Staff were friendly enough but it was obvious that the hostess did not have much experience and it showed with her down on the farm but very friendly demeanour. The rest of the staff carried things off well and we had a great meal.
Definitely book ahead, we booked the day before and there were no 7pm slots left and it was the off season.
Well worth it!
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