I’ve recently had a wonderful few days in Arrowtown where our daughter Kate got married to Matt in the tussock over-looking Lake Wakatipu at Jack’s Point.
As we unwound after 48 hours of celebrations, we managed to have two of the most chilled, delicious meals I’ve had in a long time. One of them at @Smithy’s Smoke House at Millbrook Resort in the evening and the other at @Wet Jacket Cellar Door for brunch.
Smithy’s Smoke House
Huddled with a blanket over my legs the flames in the teepee shaped fire-place danced as we enjoyed the ambiance of this relatively new Millbrook eatery. Adjacent to the Millhouse, it’s a lovely part of the resort to have an intimate tapas snack or a night-cap.
The alfresco dining venue is open from 1.00pm to 10.30pm and has an impressive selection of whiskeys, but their wine list and other beverages aren’t bad either. The drinks are served from a quaint, small shack in keeping with the historic past of Millbrook when the resort was a wheat farm and mill.
We managed to sample a good few of the tapas on the menu, delivered hot from one of the resort’s kitchens. Our dinner selection included Baked Potato Skins, Steamed Prawn and Pork Dumplings, a delicious Confit Duck Roti and Pork belly Bao Buns… not a lot of greens, but what the hell!
Wet Jacket Cellar Door
Not that I was hungry the next day, but we were meeting the newlyweds so we were pretty excited for yet another de-brief! Outside, adjoining wool shed that was once part of the Bendemeer Station is a delightful grassed area with bean bags, chairs and a few table.
To complement the Wet Jacket wines and craft beers they have commandeered food trucks to provide food for their clients. On the day we were there Chef Sam Campbell was cooking and what a treat it was. The boys had Pork Katsu Sandos sandwiches. The crumbed pork schnitzel was loaded with homemade kimichi, katsu sauce and QP mayo… absolutely sensational. For me, I went for the girl food and had a grain bowl with quinoa, brown rice, black wild rice, toasted buck wheat, plus chickpeas, eggplant, corn, feta and a delicious pomegranate dressing.
There was talk that Sam could be doing something a little more permanent at Wet Jacket so watch the space. How good will it be for us to roll down the hill from our new home at Bendemeer.