If you’re heading down to the powdery slopes of Queenstown this winter, reward yourself with an amazing meal at one of the city’s finest restaurants, before having a few tipples later in the evening!
Finz Seafood & Grill
Phone: 03 442 7405
Finz Seafood & Grill has always been a popular choice with Queenstown diners and now, with an interior revamp, a new menu and a new head chef, Finz is set to attract an even bigger audience. Finz has a great location right on the waterfront and diners can watch the Earnslaw head off on its evening cruise and keep an eye on the people strolling along the Steamer Wharf. Finz is a busy and bustling but not frilly or fussy – just warm, friendly and professional. All the ingredients used to create Finz’s tasty seasonal dishes are selected by Chef Nick Van de Waater and his talented kitchen team. Fish ‘n’ chips may be Finz’s bread and butter, but do try and branch out when you’re there! Check out the salt and pepper squid with homemade aioli to start, then try and decide between Monkfish wrapped in bacon on green beans, oven-roasted tomatoes with a salsa verde or a mouthwatering 400g of prime rib-eye on the bone. This is char-grilled and served with café de Paris butter and hand cut chips! Too many decisions with a menu that is a good balance between fresh fish and seafood and hearty lamb, beef and duck dishes.
Phone: 03 441 8527
Wai has proudly been serving up Queenstown’s finest dining for the past 10 years. The restaurant has an unrivalled location on the waterfront in Queenstown and not happy to sit back and let the view do all the work, Wai has become a truly stunning culinary destination where you will find world class cuisine and exceptional wines. A passionate kitchen team, lead by co-owner and chef Martin James is backed up by Stephen Clayton and Justin Craig, who have worked together for almost eight years – something unheard of in the Queenstown restaurant scene! Simple may be stretching the imagination when you see Wai’s dishes come out. The tuna mayonnaise sandwich is delish! Fresh yellow fin tuna is encased in crispy bread accompanied by soft-boiled quails eggs, mustard aioli and Dijon mustard cream. For the main event, try the Fiordland groper with the dainty curls of crispy squid, or the robust grain-fed rib-eye of beef served with a slow braised oxtail in a polenta wrap. Make sure you book at this exquisite location to avoid disappointment.
Phone: 03 442 7300
Once you’ve feasted on Queenstown’s finest, you’re sure to have worked up quite the thirst! Whether you’re in for an early drink in the courtyard or an all-out, late night party, Barmuda is the place to be. Barmuda is an opulent establishment with a central bar for partygoers with lots of hot tunes and a plush lounge for the more relaxed of patrons. With cold nights upon us, take a spot by the roaring fireplace in the courtyard to keep warm and feel great. If you’re in for the long haul, they are open from 3pm every afternoon, the huge courtyard is where you should be to catch the last of the afternoon warmth – just in case the mountain is too much on any given day! Visit the bar and ask the bartender for the cocktail of the week – it’s currently a “passiontiki”, a bitter-sweet combintion of campari, rum and passionfruit topped with lemonade… it’s tempting us to get on a plane right now! With a great atmosphere, skilled staff and delicious drinks, Barmuda is just the place to go after a day on the slopes. We know you’ll love it.