The Riverstone Kitchen
A little bit of the Restaurant business history in here. In about 1765, a Parisian “boullion-seller” named Boulanger wrote on his sign: Boulanger sells restoratives “fit for the gods”…This was the first restaurant in the modern sense of the term. Boulanger was followed by Roze and Pontaille, who in 1766 opened a Maison de Sante (house of health).
Establishments set along the road to cater and take care of the travelers, giving food and lounge. All this applies to The Riverstone Kitchen, a massive operation in the Otago region. We stopped at our second meal of the day only an hour after eating at Fleurs Restaurant because both were too close and in our way to the Moeraki Boulders since we wouldn’t come back that way being Christchurch our next destination. This place may come to you as a tourist trap because there are so many things going on there: the restaurant, store, gardens, and a castle, Yes! A castle. Seems to have a pretty solid local clientele.
It is not your Michelin guide-like gourmet experience, but they are efficient, the food has quality and presentation, and you can buy good bread, cheese, and other delicacies to take home.
The Fish & Chips were well prepared, and the Lime tart with Strawberry sorbet was superb. Simple, good quality and convenient. The menu goes beyond that but since we had just eaten our possibly “best meal in this trip,” we played it light thinking of dishes we could share.
A good Pit-stop.