I love Spring food. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about stodge when it comes to Winter. Keeping warm and carbohydrates frequently appear on my plate but moving into lighter dishes just does it for me. Salads, meats, cheese, fresh tomatoes and white wine. Oh yes.
So when I went to try out Jacks Point’s new Spring menu I ran up and down dale (that’s up and over hills to anyone not from oop North) to taste, sample and quaff.
The new menu is delicious. (As I thought it would be). Jack’s Point are doing a really really good job of turning their restaurant into somewhere you will drive out of town for. The views are to die for, there’s plenty of space for your kids to run around and it’s not too far a drive to feel like you’re on holiday. And I love feeling like I’m on holiday, so I was sold.
We sampled some of the taster and main menu with some smoothies to go alongside, all wrapped up in the blazing sun keeping us toasty. Perfect.
I chose the Otago Merino lamb with garlic and asparagus which was delicious and presented on a huge wooded board (the waitresses there must develop huge muscles), but it totally added to the whole experience of the dish.
Friends then tried Wild Hare Confit, pinot noir grapes and seed crackers. The thing we couldn’t work out was how do they get grapes and raisin’s on the same branch? Ah to be a chef. (Actually to be able to cook something other than chicken would suffice). Alongside the Hare we ordered a side of twice cooked chips. This portion is enough to feed two and their grannies. It’s huge and moorish. Thus when we left, they had to roll me down the long corridor.
They also have a large list of smoothies that taste amazing and look like the sunshine was added to them. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. All set around the backdrop of The Remarkables, which are, um, remarkable. But, honestly, I overheard so many commenting on what a beautiful space it is out there. So peaceful and delightful. Food, sunshine, views and friends. What more could you ask for? Oh there’s also 3,000 Acres of land to peruse, a golf course, kids play area, mountain biking, walks, fishing. They host a running series, triathlons in summer (are you tired yet?). So there’s no reason why you wouldn’t find something out there for you.
Jack’s Point Spring Menu now available
03 450 2050 ext. 3