Being a foodie and wine enthusiast who lives in Queenstown certainly has it’s perks, besides the beautiful scenery of course. At home I keep things quite simple when cooking but draw inspiration from dining out and i’ve made sure that hasn’t fallen to the waist side since becoming a Mum.
I am inundated with messages regarding where to wine and dine or what to do in Queenstown that is both family friendly but also the ideal date night (kid free) in Queenstown. Seen as i’m often found wine and dining i thought i would include more reviews on Queenstown. Where to eat, what to do, family friendly cafe’s, date night dinners and Mum pamper days – stay tuned for it all.
Naturally the first place to review is where Sam and I went on our first full date night away from Mason (our 11month old son) only a few weeks ago.
We arrived at 6pm and were shown to our table, sitting outside the cottage on the decking surrounded by the beautiful gardens. On arrival we enjoyed an Akarua 2011 Vintage Brut Champagne, which definitely set our evening off to a good start!
Sitting outside on a summers day at Akarua is picturesque, the restaurant is set up in an old restored cottage, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a courtyard with the wine cellar tasting. Bean bags sit alongside the greenery (ideal place to perch with the children and enjoy a glass of rose at lunch.) Down the back is an adorable shed with baby books, toys and a sandpit just next door. If your child is old enough to self entertain then this will be your new Saturday long lunch spot! (see you there girlfriend)
It was a lovely evening to sit outside and soak up the golden hour. We had a delicious x5 course meal varying from beetroot sponges to duck and finishing with deconstructed berry cheesecake. The wine was beautiful, my go to favourite is the Akarua Rose it is heavenly and the bright berry colour is screaming out for a cliche boomerang vid.
The evening was perfection and we went home very satisfied after a mouth watering meal, beautiful wine and romantic child free banter.
We have dined here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and ALL occasions have been beautiful, this is the spot for a long lunch ladies!
CUT TO THE CHASE – RATE IT or HATE IT?
CHILD FRIENDLY: YES this place is designed for Mum’s who like wine. Sandpit, garden and bookshed all provide entertainment for the kiddies from all ages. My only tip would be if it is raining it isn’t the best spot for children as the inside dining area is quite small and not a lot of space for the children to run around free. There is also a children’s menu with great options from spaghetti bolognese to a healthy lunch platter. YES there is a baby change table too! 9/10
FOOD: The dinner was delicious and the evening was romantic. Also taking into account the previous dining occasions this is a WINNER 9/10
WINE: Akarua is a well known winery and the combination of their wine and Artisan Kitchen Catering (a local Queenstown catering company) is a match made in heaven. The rose will not fail and of course you can’t go past a local Central Otago pinot noir. 9/10
LOCAL MUM TIP: If it is a beautiful day ask for the table to be in the shade on the grass like we did and Mason could roam around crawling on the grass while we sat at the table.
ROMANTIC DATE ? YES YES YES . Obviously a day date however if you are a mum like myself thats your kind of date now days. 10/10
What to order for Breakfast: Having dined here for breakfast if you are a savoury gal like myself, the mushroom with polenta is heavenly if you need a little sweetening up order the waffles.
What to order for Lunch: The lamb shoulder to share between three will easily fill you all up with your choice of sides. The meat will melt in your mouth it is heavenly. The cheese platters are also served with incredible condiments and cheese of course.
All in all, no matter the occasion family day out, child free date or a long ladies lunch you will be in heaven.
Enjoy and have a wine for me please