I thought my best choice of restaurant in Queenstown that me and my friends dined at would be the establishment that will fix my rice-deprived anatomy. Yeah, unlike the Philippines, rice is not a staple in New Zealand and my few days of stay in that fresh country made me yearn for it. I know that I get all grumpy and grouchy if I don’t have rice in my meal for a couple of days.
But surprisingly, the best and finest food establishment I encountered in my recent New Zealand adventure was that of Winnie’s Gourmet Pizza Bar. Located at The Mall in Queenstown, Winnie’s is a relaxed and casual part-bar and part-restaurant kind of a joint. I loved the ambiance because it is not plush, ritzy and intimidating.
What particularly made me love this restaurant was the food. Their gourmet pizza was really outstandingly delicious! And with a quick look into their pizza selection, I can tell that their pizzas were not just the classic types but instead seem to embrace various flavors around the world. I noticed some Thai inspirations, a Moroccan fabrication, a Hawaiian motivation and some Mexican creations.
With limited tummy space, my friend Denton was smart enough to order one large sized pizza in which each half is of a different flavor. We settled for the Montanara, which I consider to be the sinful half of the pizza and the Zucha for the wholesome and healthier half. Both are gluten-free by the way.
Zucha according to my happy taste buds got some roasted pumpkin, olives, some feta cheese, capsicum and toasted almonds. The blending of these flavors above the crunchy pizza crust, pizza sauce, Parmesan cheese and parsley brings magic to ones palette!
Montanara according to our gracious waitress was the most popular among all their pizzas. That is why we ordered for it. And from the first bite of this delectable creation, I knew that the waitress knows what she was doing. This is actually the first time that I have eaten a pizza in which you would have to spread pistachio sour cream on it. A mound of this yummy cream is actually placed at the middle of the pizza!
The Montanara toppings which consists of chicken fillets, brie cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spring onions and sweet chili sauce, no doubt, was absolutely delicious. It’s one pizza that gives me a reason to return and revisit Queenstown. The taste was just marvelously unforgettable!
Aside from the pizza, we also ordered the succulent chicken wings which surprisingly was not oily and so tasty and crunchy. And to add a Kiwi flavor in our meal, we of course ordered New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels. Winnie’s freshly steamed NZ mussels in shallots, capsicum, white wine, cream and sweet chili sauce was one of the best in Queenstown. I can say this because in almost all restaurants that we dined we always seem to order NZ mussels. And Winnie’s version was always our basis of comparison.
With all these superlative thoughts, accounts and narratives about Winnie’s, I guess, I can really say that it is one of the must visits if you happen to be in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Winer ang tami ko sa Wini’s!