It’s food time again folks.
Starting on second week, me being myself, has gone a lot more aggressive on food. While not specifically hunting for anything, my focus has been on seafood (especially crayfish/lobster, oyster, whitebait), steak, ribs and lamb. Once in a while, the craving for Asian food comes along. Here’s food from the past 10 days. The highlight must be the crayfish at Kepler. I wish I had two of those!
KEPLER – TE ANAU | Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $$
Very nice restaurant in a small town en-route between Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Had the crayfish special, which is excellent. Was seriously considering a second plate but they’re closing. The Vavasour sauvignon blanc was also an excellent pair. Very well priced.
The next day I had a big breakfast at Olive Tree which has good portion and pretty reasonably priced!
OYSTER COVE – BLUFF | Rating: 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $$
Bluff is the oyster capital of NZ, so I drove all the way there to sample them at Oyster Cove. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my facts right, and it’s not oyster season, so there’s no natural oyster. Settled for the battered oyster, which was ok. Quite pricey though.
WONG GOK – DUNEDIN | Rating: 🙂 | Pricing: $
I was craving for rice, so saw this Chinese restaurant near the Octagon in Dunedin and tried it. Had mapo tofu rice (duh!) and the Chongqing spicy chicken. Food was mediocre, more like one of those quick fast food type. The Chongqing spicy chicken was a disgrace. This is probably one of the top dish in my list, having tried this in numerous places in Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu with my favorite being Xiao La Jiao in Hong Kong.
SHAWTY’S – TWIZEL | Rating: 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $
Salmon supposedly one of the key produce in Mt Cook, so I had a salmon pizza here in Twizel en-route from Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook (I got spare time, you don’t actually stop by Twizel between Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook). It’s suprising quite nice, though I must say, nothing beats a pizza with all sort of meat topping you can find. Good pricing though.
POPPIE’S – TWIZEL | Rating: 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $
Had lunch here on the way to Fox Glacier from Mt Cook. Was craving for rice, so had an Indian lamb curry. Was actually very good, save for the lack of spiciness. I found that it’s very difficult to find a decent spicy curry in western countries, usually they’re really toned down. The coffee here is very good too.
OLD MOUNTAINEER – AORAKI/MT COOK | Rating: 🙂 | Pricing: $$
There’s only a handful of restaurant in Mt Cook, and not wanting to eat in the hotel, I went to this restaurant which is highly regarded. Had the salmon steak, which was so so, perhaps because it’s too salty! This is also the first dinner where I started to have desserts. Apple crumble with ice cream, sinful!
WHITE PUB – FOX GLACIER | Rating: 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $$
Was craving for steak / ribs, but when I sat down, I saw whitebait on menu and ordered it as entree. What do you know, it’s a big plate of whitebait fritter, on top of the short ribs / eye fillet combos!
THE LANDING BAR & CAFE – FRANZ JOSEF | Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $
The best whitebait fritter! Wish I had a second plate! Very reasonable price.
OCEAN VIEW – HOKITIKA | Rating: 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $$
I was hoping to maximize and have whitebait as often as I can while I’m on the west coast. They run out unfortunately so settled on rib eye. Very good. Sticky date pudding was probably the best dessert I have on the road so far.
PEGASUS ARMS – CHRISTCHURCH | Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $
Got in Christchurch quite late and this place is recommended by the cute receptionist at YHA Christchurch when I asked her about good place for ribs. Turn out they have no ribs. No sweat, got the lamb shank instead, and oh I was rewarded handsomely. It’s soooo good! Service was excellent too.
TUTI’S – KAIKOURA | Rating: 🙂 🙂 | Pricing: $$
Found this Indonesian owned restaurant. Highly rated. Was looking for crayfish, but they’re out, damn I was looking forward to crayfish for the whole day. Settled for curry seafood. Bit sweet like Japanese curry, but I can still taste a hint of Indonesian “kari”. Ended the night with a mango cheese cake for dessert.