Queentown & Arrowtown Cuisine
When it comes to cuisine, visitors are spoilt for choice. We decided to gain an insight into, not only the most desirable food, but also local tips to make your experience in Queenstown and Arrowtown unforgettable by detailing the range of mouth watering delectables available.
Located on the lake end of Searle Lane in central Queenstown is this tasty Taqueria. Beginning in a small fishing village in Mexico, a man renown as a legend for making fresh, high quality tacos passed on his knowledge of making the best Masa Tortillas to village members.
One early morning while fishing, the sky darkened and a great Pacific storm rolled in. He was taken on an uncontrolled month long journey across the mighty Pacific. When the storm finally cleared, he drifted with a current for many days, eventually washing up on an unfamiliar coast line. Very tired and weak, he desperately searched for a Taqueria to replenish himself.
Approaching the nearest eatery, he realised he was no longer in Mexico. He had landed on the shores of New Zealand, where there was no Taqueria. Through meeting the generous local people of the land, who introduced him to its vast and abundant fresh food, the Taco Medic came up with an idea of blending the best of the two food cultures. With this glorious epiphany, a menu was born. It just so happens, that he has started this revolution in the majestic town of Queenstown.
Taco Medic’s style of food business aims to sit right in a little sweet spot in the industry called the fast casual segment. This has a focus on offering people an alternative to the traditional fast food or slow over the top high end restaurant. It offers the best of both worlds with the best aspects of each to create the highest quality artisan product in a casual, speedy, and interactive way. Meat is slow cooked before service and fresh fish and tortillas are cooked from raw to order. The tacos are then loaded with fresh cut fruit and vegetables and drizzled with their secret tasty sauces to ensure your taste buds experience a Mexican fiesta.
One of Queenstown’s most elegant restaurants offers incredible lakefront views and an incomparable ambience feel within the historic Archer’s Cottage. Botswana Butchery provides a beautiful dining setting that can cater to groups of two to 30 people. The highest attention to detail is achieved with the constantly changing menu based on seasonal produce while maintaining their classics of merino lamb shoulder and whitebait.
Botswana Butchery’s consistency mixed with uniqueness has developed their reputation in preserving their popularity since opening in August 2008. Just under two years ago Botswana Butchery took it to the next level with the release of a recipe book so that they can whip up the delicious dishes at home.
From the meat cleaver logo to the blazing log fires and the exceptional service, this is the perfect outing of family or friends. Many online reviews state that it is a “must do in Queenstown”.
With many Queenstown visitors lining up for the famous Fergburger, the neighbouring delicious Fergbaker & Mrs Ferg are not as well known but are equally as good. Fergbaker and Mrs Ferg open at 6am with the smell of freshly baked croissants wafting from the doors of Fergbaker. The most mentioned highlights from reviews includes pies, boston creams and the best hokey pokey ice cream.
Taste the light flaky pastry casing the unique selection of pies flavours on offer. The family will love the options available therefore head on down anytime of day as there is something for everyone.
Slow Cuts dishing up fast food in slow motion. There are rotisserie chickens, burgers, ribs, smashed fries and a good small list of local wines. Head on over a cold winter’s night to be welcomed into a warm retreat and fill your stomach with the great selection of comfort foods.
With an average of 4 1/2 stars based on 230 Tripadvisor reviews and being named as the People’s Choice Winner in The Queenstown Battle of the Buns 2017 (ZM), this is a high calibre fast food adventure not to pass on.
La Rumbla is open from 4pm until late, Tuesday to Sunday serving craft cocktails as well as craft and local beers and welcomes bookings and walk ins from 1 to 100. The wine selection also deserves a mention as staff take a lot of time to create the best local and international wine list with a nod to Spain.
The food and drinks list changes regularly while retaining the local favourites of ceviche, beetroot and goats cheese toastadas, homemade chorizo and our seasonal meat dishes. The locally owned restaurant is run by a friendly team of hospitality professionals who love bringing a great night out in Arrowtown.
Situated at the front of a quaint alleyway in historic Arrowtown, Saffron Restaurant is a dining experience not to be missed. A stylish upmarket bistro showcases exciting flavours through modern New Zealand cuisine alongside a sophisticated array of beverages.
Each evening Saffron offers a 3 or 5 course Chef’s Tasting menu, also including an amuse bouche and palate cleanser (5 or 7 courses) – trust the chef style, priced at $95 and $140. The knowledgeable staff can also match wine to theses menus. As well as a $39 a head early evening option that is a two course meal, selected from a limited menu, before 7pm.
Saffron prides themselves on offering a warm and thoughtful experience no matter the occasion. You can hire the whole restaurant and we can create the perfect space for your function, wedding, engagement or party and is perfect for your next business presentation.
Centrally located in the middle of historic Arrowtown is The Fork and Tap. With charming ambience, a large selection of NZ craft beers, excellent wine options and great food, it is the perfect place for the whole family.
On Wednesday evenings they have an Irish Band comprised of local musicians who play and have gain a local reputation over the years. The Fork and Tap pride themselves on their locally sourced seasonal menu as well as the diverse range of ales, ciders and Central Otago Pinots. During the summer months they have a Sunday afternoon Music Session in the large Garden Bar featuring jazz, acoustic sessions and more.
What are you waiting for? Book your Amazing Accom holiday home and immerse yourself in the incredible cuisine Queenstown and Arrowtown have on offer, all year round.