HEARD By Industry Darling @industrydarling & Ben Anderson
I’m sure in another life I was European. I love everything about European culture, the languages, the fashion and most importantly the food. So, on a recent trip through Hanmer Springs outside of Christchurch, New Zealand, when strolling down the main street of Hanmer Springs, we came across No.31 a cosy little European restaurant that just screamed eat here!
Walking in through the heavy wooden door, you’re welcomed by a warm fire and a friendly smile from the hostess. Shown to our table by the window, No.31 is a soft candle lit restaurant that has that perfect romantic feel.
Surrounded by couples each adrift in their own romantic bubble, the only thing to snap them out is when a table is being served and then all eyes are on the beautifully plated food and just like us thinking I should have ordered that.
Looking over the menu, we opt to start with Grilled Scallops a top Saffron Risotto with Lemon Foam and a Spice Rubbed Duck Breast teamed with a Cranberry and Kale Salad. Followed by Fillet of Angus Beef served with Pommes Anna, Spinach and Grilled Prawns with a Red Wine Jus. And what visit to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a tasty bit of lamb. A four-point New Zealand Lamb Rack to be exact with a Mushroom Herb Crust, Red Onion Jam, Polenta Chips, Whipped Feta all with a side of Rosemary Jus and Black Olive Crumble.
To put it simply the meal left us wanting for nothing… except something sweet that is, but we won’t bore you with those details and let you find that out for yourself.
If New Zealand wasn’t enough of a draw card already, Hanmer Springs does not disappoint if only to stop in to sample the menu at No.31.