ADDRESS:   42 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
SET MENU:   $89pp five courses
CONTACT:   03 926 9770
SCORE:   16.5 / 20

“Our aim is to give you a full dining experience, rather than just feeding you,” says head chef and owner Sam Gasson. And here in a refurbished heritage building in the heart of Dunedin’s trendy warehouse precinct, he does just that. This unpretentious food boasts some remarkable flavours and there’s no shortage of ingenuity with ingredients. East often meets west in Gasson’s hands: a combination of French and Japanese cooking is at the heart of his creations. Included in the lineup, depending on the season, is beautifully pink wild Fiordland venison on cabbage purée with fermented tamarillo, crunchy baby carrots, carrot powder and a scattering of mizuna leaves. Some unusual boutique producers feature on the small but well-considered drinks list. Local produce influences the constantly evolving menu.

IN BRIEF The full Ōtepoti complement: edgy and exciting