Wai Waterfront Restaurant - Queenstown, New Zealand - The bottom of their menu reads "Serious about food? Passionate about Wine? So are we! After an evening there, I would say they are Serious about their food and passionate about wine. The evening, the dinner, the whole experience was Bombastic!
Upon recommendation from Mel, the General Manager of The Spire Hotel, we had the front desk book us a table so we could try Wai's dégustation with wine matches menu.
A short walk from The Spire Hotel, Wai (Maori for "water") Waterfront Restaurant is located on Steamer Wharf just feet from the unrivaled Lake Wakatipu with gorgeous mountains completing the view.
Dinner was no less spectacular. The menu consisted of Caprese Salad, Pacific Oyster Trilogy (best oysters I've had in ages), Ceviche of Salmon and Scampi, Quail Spaghetti Cabonara, New Zealand Duck Breast, (matched with Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir, bombastic), Huntington Brie and a melt in your mouth Chocolate and Caramel Tart for desert. And if that wasn't enough, the wine matching (using all New Zealand wines) was bombastic. If just reading about their menu doesn't make you hungry, nothing will.
Service was perfect (thank you Kim), as was the atmosphere. The prices were very affordable too, especially since they specialize in (and having mastered) Seafood, Oysters and New Zealand Beef and Lamb add on a great wine list and you cannot go wrong.
When you are in Queenstown, there are two places you must dine, The Bunker and here at Wai Waterfront Restaurant.
Reservations highly recommended, especially for outside and window front tables.