Winning cafe gives good game
Restaurant awarded Travellers' 2013 ChoiceLOUISE BERWICK AND COLLETTE DEVLIN
A Te Anau restaurant that contracts a hunter to shoot its meat has been voted one of the top 10 eateries in the South Pacific.
Redcliff Cafe was judged eighth best restaurant in the South Pacific region by tourists who rated the eatery on the Tripadvisor website.
The placing gives the southern restaurant the title of Travellers' 2013 Choice.
The restaurant was one of only three in New Zealand to make the list, the others being eateries in Nelson and Auckland.
Owner Megan Houghton said the restaurant employed a hunter to collect local produce such as wild hare, wild deer and wild goat.
Fare Game, an Invercargill business owned by hunter Callum Hughes, supplied the fresh game several times a week.
He hunted wild goat and hare in Central Otago, while the wild deer came from the Fiordland mountains.
Redcliff chefs prepared dishes such as wild hare back strap, wild goat goulash and wild venison, served medium rare, with manuka honey-roasted kumara.
Ms Houghton said the hare was delicious because it lived off wild thyme.
"You don't usually cook this type of food at home, which is why it is so popular."
The award came as a huge surprise and was "a little overwhelming".
"Even just being No 1 in Te Anau on Tripadvisor is a good accolade.
"Things are really on a high for us at the moment."
Ms Houghton said it was the restaurant's unique menu of wild food and good service that continuously secured them good ratings on the website.
She has owned the cafe with chef Ryan Murray for the past 15 years.
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