We have been meaning to dine her since it first opened. A double birthday celebration gave us the perfect excuse. Pre-dinner drinks at the cute bar next door was the perfect start to an amazingly differant evening out in Lyttelton.
Welcomed warmly by Christie we were seated at the only window table. The restaurant is simple in its decor, polished wooden floors, white walls perfect for small artworks and in the centre a still they use to create herbal concoctions. We have pre-arranged the 8 course degustation by telephone with Guilio and forgo the wine matches for a bottle of Black Estate Chardonnay and an organic beer for our youngest son.
An appertiser of the most delicious choux pastry arrives hot from the oven. Its amazing! A cheesy cloud of perfection.
Over the next two hours we feast on incredible food combinations. Each dish explained in detail. Edible herbs, leaves and flowers from the restaurants garden. Fish caught from the harbour. Foraged or local produce all lovingly prepared.
Standout dishes for me were Labne with baby broad beans misted with thyme. An silky smooth asparagus custard. Pumpkin gnocchi like no other I have tasted, heavenly light with an delicious cream sauce perfectly balanced with fresh herbs.
House made cracker pillows and sourdough punctuated the first half well.
We order a bottle of House of Ball 'The Merger' a blend of pinotage and tempranillo which is new to us and goes brilliantly well with aged beef with cauliflower that follows. Groper next and slow cooked Lamb neck with an intense spinach and potato puree.
Two desserts one of poached rhubarb followed by a house made ice cream. Both are brilliant. A lovely Semillion dessert wine for my husband and I and a Valdaspino for my eldest son rounds our evening off.
It's not cheap but worth every cent. Portions are perfect. The skill the innovated kitchen exhibits is what you are paying for. Service is sweetly attentive, informative and graceful. An evening to treasure.
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