It’s no secret that I love to eat and I’m willing to travel around the country to find the best food on offer. I was recently invited to Queenstown with Miss Lucy’s to celebrate their first birthday and to try everything on their new winter menu. Basically, it was my ultimate weekend away.
Miss Lucy’s is a rooftop restaurant and bar on Camp Street, above Jucy Snooze. Queenstown is an expensive city, so it’s nice to have central accommodation options that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Plus, the view from my room was all snow-capped mountains.
The restaurant itself is a ‘grammer’s dream, with peachy pink walls and the most photogenic drinks and dishes I’ve ever seen. The year-round balcony is ideal on a winter’s day, when cosied up next to the roaring fire with s’mores and a hot chocolate in hand. They even have blankets, perfect for rugging up when the temperature drops.
In terms of the menu, it’s impossible to narrow it down, so I’m going to tell you all about my (many) favourite dishes: the halloumi mac and cheese is a showstopper and the jalapeño poppers are perfect if you like a little kick. Mushrooms are in season, of course, and they feature heavily on this new menu. The mushroom dumplings are incredible as is the vegetarian (mushroom) pizza.
If you’re a meat lover, you don’t want to miss the spicy lamb pizza. For drinks, they’ve created a pink gin that rivals every other one I’ve tried (and if you know me, you know I’ve done my research!) If you’re wanting a dessert drink, the chocolate martini (made with vodka) is another must-try.
For dessert, they have the most amazing warm (!) cookies, perfect for dipping in hot cocoa, I should add. Oh, and they’ve managed to create delightful vegan s’mores. My advice is to grab a pal, sit by the fire and dig in.
After a big night celebrating Miss Lucy’s first birthday, I dragged my tired bones to Bespoke Kitchen for a late breakfast. Craving some vegetables, I treated myself to their bespoke bowl, which consists of fried cauliflower, organic brown rice, crispy tofu, daily greens, coriander, pickled radish, tamari seeds, tahini and peanut sauce. It was exactly what my body was craving after one too many chocolate martinis.
After meandering through the Botanic Gardens and even stumbling upon an ice rink (how magical!) I stopped into Cookie Time to try their s’more cookie sandwich (yes, s’mores two days in a row…) What can I say, I’m a s’more addict.
Since this was a food research trip, I headed to Yonder for one last meal before my evening flight. I’ve written about my love for Yonder in the past (it’s actually where I’m drafting this blog post and a favourite coworking spot among locals…) and I was pleased to see a few updates to their already solid menu. I ordered a beetroot latte and their vegan butty. Served with kumara crips and tofu, it’s better than the bacon version.
Queenstown is one of my favourite winter destinations and these enticing menus have me dreaming of a return visit already. Where do you love to eat in New Zealand’s adventure capital?
Photos by Sophie Piearcey
My Queenstown weekend was a press trip with Miss Lucy’s, but as always, all words and opinions are my own.