We decided to pop by Mt Difficulty initially thinking that we would pick up some bottles of wine to take back home.
As we arrived Mr Wasabi went straight to the restaurant asking if there was a free table. I was taken back as Mr Wasabi originally did not want to lunch here when I had asked him earlier. But then I was not going to complain.
We managed to get a table but there was a 10 minute wait which did not bother us as we decided to do some wine tasting to fill in the time.
Mt Difficulty overlooks part of their vineyard and onto the Otago valleys.
Fish of the Day w Queen Scallops, broccolini, gourmet potatoes, citrus creme fraiche sauce – the fish of the day was butterfish, one of my favourite fish which was the soul thing that attracted me to order this dish. I managed to swap the gourmet potatoes out with some salad instead. The fish was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Good number of scallops but they were relatively small.
Seafood Pasta – Linguine pasta with Cloudy Bay surf clams, prawns, green lipped mussels, calamari, preserved lemon, mixed capsicums & Parsley – this dish came out as a broth rather than a sauce which was very interesting. the preserved lemon gave the broth a strong sour flavour to the dish which in our opinions not very tasty. The dish was dominated by a lot of red and yellow capsicum.
Not fully reading the menu we were a bit disappointed in seafood pasta dish. The watery sour broth did not do it for either of us. Apart this dish everything else from the service, the wine and the views were magnificent.
Will definitely return in the future, as I tend to rotate vineyards to visit.
Location: Mount Difficulty, Kawarau Gorge, Otago, New Zealand