Escape the crowded city for a splendid dining experience with spectacular views.
WORDS Vanessa Ortynsky
PHOTOGRAPHY Charlie Jackson
With arguably the best views in Lyttelton, Fisherman’s Wharf also serves up some of Christchurch’s freshest seafood. Drawing in both tourists and locals, the restaurant has reincarnated from a fine-dining establishment to a more casual space. As we stepped into the panoramic established on a sunny Sunday afternoon, we felt as though we were setting off on an adventure.
The seafood-centric menu has an array of options to satiate all levels of hunger. Opting for mouthwatering scallops wrapped in bacon to start, we followed with the catch of the day, which happened to be blue cod. The mains – pesto-crusted blue cod, served on top of shell pasta and pan-fried blue cod with herbed potatoes – did not disappoint. The food was beyond delicious and the waitstaff attentive.
The restaurant is serious about seafood. If you spy a fishing trawler enter the harbour, there is a good chance it’ll be supplying its catch to the kitchen the very same day. Watching your meal come in is a novel proposition and something that makes the Fisherman’s Wharf a genuinely unique experience.
Perfectly suited to a leisurely weekend lunch, Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t meant to be a hurried experience. Instead, guests are encouraged to take their time and marvel in the sights and sensations. Bring along an old friend you haven’t seen in a while and spend a couple hours catching up over delectable seafood paired with quality wine. You’ll feel time slip away in this charming seafront institution.
Fisherman’s Wharf is also the ideal place for a special date or to take out-of-town guests. Much like Lyttelton, it’s a charming spot that should be on everyone’s list. From now on, it’s where I’ll take international loved ones who are yet to experience the beauty that is Lyttelton.
Fisherman’s Wharf • Norwich Quay, Lyttelton • 03 328 7530 – Wed-Sun 11.30am-9pm • fishermanswharf.nz