Monday, July 20, 2009

Comfort Food

We recently enjoyed a delicious supper on a cold evening at Riverstone Kitchen, located on the main highway ten minutes north of Oamaru.

This restaurant had been recommended by several people we knew. It's also a New zealand Cuisine Magazine prizewinner for 2008 (runner-up best regional casual dining). The judges said:

"Many chefs pay lip service to using the best local ingredients, but Bevan Smith carries it out with the help of his own garden and orchard and North Otago’s bountiful produce. It’s worth strolling through the garden to see what’s likely to be on the menu – perhaps fennel salad with peas, sheep’s feta and lemon, or Jerusalem artichoke soup with bacon, truffle oil and toasted ciabatta."

Pictured above is the pannetoni (Italian bread and butter pudding) with berries and vanilla bean ice cream, and the Whitestone cheese, quince paste with oat biscuits.

The restaurant is set on a farm and they grow and sell their own produce as well as sourcing the best ingredients from elsewhere.

Highly recommended. We were warned to leave plenty of time to enjoy the ambience, and so we did.

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