There may be people who will object to fusion cuisine in principle, but I think this bistro could change some minds.
Francesca’s Italian Kitchen left an impression on us, but kika blew us away.
Walking into Francesca’s Italian Kitchen in Wanaka was like stepping into an osteria in Italy itself. The country-style wooden furniture, at once humble but homely, is contrasted against glass jars of various shapes and sizes that hang from the ceiling to encase the light bulbs within.
Tekapo might be little more than a stopover for some, but there’s lots to see both in the day and at night.
And the sunrise here is stunning.
The owners Kimm and Bruce, together with their children, run this family business as a destination dining experience for people in the area.
Our lunch stops were much more memorable than our dinners but to be fair, Wairau River Wines and Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen had set the standards really high.
Having lunch at a winemaker’s restaurant never disappointed, but dining in a vineyard setting makes the experience much more special.
We came here to celebrate our first anniversary and as they say: happy wife, happy life.
Amidst the concrete jungle of City Hall is a conspicuous newcomer to the area’s dining scene. The Botanic stands out against Raffles City’s façade almost like it’s too biophilic for the shopping mall’s dull grey exterior, as if it would be better suited for a spot in the likes of Dempsey Hill or the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Le Binchotan is proof you don’t need to be smack in the middle of a high foot-traffic location for your business to thrive.