My dear dear Sherwood has just unleashed their new Autumn lunch menu on Queenstown and I toddled off to try it. With three babies in tow I had images of food spread up the walls but the staff were amazing and the babies, well the babies loved the food too!
One of the delights about the Sherwood is their ‘veggie patch goals’ just outside the window. Abundant with plants and veggies all ready to leap on your plate and into your tum. Whatever can’t be scavenged from the patch is as local as it can be. Local produce and food you can actually see. Wander round the patch after you’ve eaten and look at what you’ve devoured.
We began with a slightly spicy (virgin) bloody Mary alongside potatoes, coconut yoghurt, dill, pickle, pac choy and wild apple. Crisp, tangy and the coconut yoghurt a refreshing new change to this potato salad.
Sherwood garden leaves, tomatoes, smoked buffalo mozzarella, pesto and amaranth leaf. Roasted whole leather jackets (fish dontcha know- we even had a bet), hand cut chips (more more more more of those), BBQ Cardrona lamb belly on the bone (lick your fingers clean my friend), fermented cabbage and fennel slaw, figs, candy walnuts (I wanted a whole bag), pear and kombucha.
Lions and tigers and food…oh my!
To finish we devoured Sherwood custard (a little like creme brûlée) with lavender alongside hazelnut truffles. These were HUGE and completely delicious, crunchy and slightly bitter with the dark chocolate.
Coffee. Mouth wiped clean. Done.
Sherwood have AGAIN cemented their unique talent in the kitchen firmly in my lunch brain. It’s fresh, without heaviness and so delicious to learn about some new kai. Some new ways of cooking and putting different things together just in time for my favourite season of the year.
I implore you to get yourself out there and meander the grounds, sit in the teepee and nestle in the knowledge you will be satiated with all the food groups sorted.
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I was invited to try the new Autumn lunch menu by the Sherwood. But as always, if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t write about it.