Lake Wanaka Centre
89 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Local Legend'This will change your life.'said owner Pete as he poured my glass of Pinot Noir, one of Central Otago's top exports. A little like the experience of dining at White House, one of the area'smost loved eateries. Housed in a 1930s Art Deco building, with books scattered all over, bills tucked in old pomodoro paste tins, chalked up menus and a wine list to rival any Michelin starred spot (Pete is a self confessed wine 'expert') dining here is all about eating seriously good food in a scatty and homely environment. Locally sourced is not a marketing buzzword here, it's a natural way of shopping and cooking - my dinner of fresh mackeral was adorned with prunes from the Martin Orchard plum trees. The arty and long time residents love it, the authenticity and ambience making it a place to relax with a small group and enjoy, well, a bloody good dinner and bottle of wine.