The weekend before last we were down in Queenstown. You may remember this from my Wednesday post when I may have been a tad excited.
The reason for the visit was the in-laws (not technical, no ring on this finger…just sayin’) were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, as well as both of their 65th birthdays that have happened over recent months.
It was a fantastic weekend of food, wine and adventures, and awesome to see Queenstown in Winter after my last visit their in April 2011. I’m gutted it didn’t snow while I was there (I’ve never been somewhere while it was snowing) but we’re going to go back next year. One day!
Here’s a quick overview of some of the nommier eats:
VKnow restaurant - 2nd best restaurant according to Trip Advisor, an eccentric host, but delicious food (and hilarious bathroom…)
Entree - venison, parmesan and caramelised onion bruschetta
Main - wild venison, seared on mushroom risotto and steamed green beans
Dessert - Real chocolate ice cream sundae
Provisions - a cute wee cafe in Arrowtown, an old miners town that is a must visit. It’s gorgeous scenery and great food. Provisions are best known for their sticky buns. They make loads every day and sell out early - so get in quick for these things and buy multiple cos you’ll want to. But you may get sick after a couple, so exercise restraint and just make daily visits. Raisins on the inside. Caramel sauce and almonds on the outside. Delicious.
Pier 19 - a bit of a fancier restaurant, but honestly not the best. Food was good, service was blah.
Main - Pan seared duck breast, fondant potato, red cabbage, star anise plum sauce. The only downer was the final bite being star anise.
Dessert - Chocolate parfait, passion fruit and hazelnut ice cream
Fergburger - it really needs no introduction or recommendation. Best burgers ever. Massive. We ate at 3pm and didn’t have dinner until 10pm. They open for crazy long hours, but expect a queue at every time of day. We waited about 30 minutes for our burgers and they never slowed down. Epic.
Meal - Photo does not do size justice. Imagine the size of your head. There you go. This one’s probably more a ‘man burger’ but it sounded too delish to pass up. It’s the ‘Mr Big Stuff’ - 1/3 pound beef, melted cheddar cheese, american streaky bacon, bbq sauce, salad and aioli. OMG.
Yep, I totally and completely (on purpose) fell off the diet wagon. Not one regret.