Estate Restaurant Grand Re-Opening October 12th 2017
After a fabulous summer season, Tantalus restaurant wrapped up for a winter break on July 9th to allow renovations to our kitchen. Staff took off in all directions while Carrie and Campbell hunkered down to oversee construction, jumping off the rock for a sanity break now and then to indulge. They completed a marathon of degustations at The French Café, The Grove and Sake Bar Nippon in one week, gaining a few pounds, promptly burned off and lying in the ashes of resource consenting mania.
After only 10 months of wooing guests, Tantalus Restaurant was named in Metro’s Top 50 and named in Cuisine’s Top 100 restaurants in New Zealand. Champagne was devoured!
Our kitchen team flew to warmer climes: Paul spent hours flip-flopping along rocky shores in his Havaianas to eat local calamari in Corfu and swimming into shore with a backpack as disguise from super yachts moored in Paxos. Tino conquered the Romans, taking in the Amalfi Coast, Montepulciano, Florence, Rome, Venice, venturing over to Nice, Monaco and the Isle of White. Pancho went diving in the tropical waters surrounding Ko Tao in Thailand and dropped into the Sunshine Coast for more R&R. Rose studied whiskey and its health giving properties in Scotland, devouring Paris and London.
Front of House staff dispersed: Kristin went skiing in Argentina. A whirlwind of roadtrips, asados and dulce de leche filled facturas, washed down with wine and mate tea. Jason reconnected with family, friends, smugglers and pirates in his home-town of Truro in Cornwall and popped over to Paris for a blast of summer. Charlie and Emilia drifted south, road-tripping the winter highways, discovering the beauty of Queenstown surrounds. Jess, Laura and Sean stayed put to organise the chaos of closedown and we travellers wished them well. We had already waved goodbye to many of our wonderful team.
The Cellar closed their doors: Clare drowned in culture, bicycling like a native in Paris with side trips to London, Venice for the Biennale and Bordeaux, spending two entire days at the new wine museum La Cite du Vin – a jaw dropping and thirsty experience. Jing flew home to family in Guiyang City in China, holding his wife and daughter close, feasting on Mum’s cooking.
Life changes fast in our office: Mikalina’s man organised a private event for her, proposing marriage and whipping her off to Phuket to indulge in deliciousness. Tayla managed to escape briefly to Mt Ruapehu to toss snowballs at her sister. She kept Julia sane, making sure she was fed and protected from invading building madness. Julia’s tummy grew with her third baby tapping away while she continued to sort out our finances and admin. Our first Tantalus baby is due, very appropriately, on Labour Day and Parul has stepped into her shoes with aplomb.
We’ve all returned to our perfectly pruned vineyard under the care of Chris and his team. No rest for our sake-making viticulturist Dad. They’ve taken over the management of Te Whau vineyard and Chris is loving those steep slopes – eh Chris! Alex has begun his Masters of Wine 2 year studies and does not have a life outside of wine, wine-making, beer brewing, apiary tending.
ALIBI BREWERS LOUNGE snuck OPEN it’s hefty doors and is pouring beers, cocktails, wines and serving shared plates from 12-8pm Thursday to Sunday. Bernard brewed up a storm in preparation for your appreciative beer palates, so come on in and discover the darkened interior of our speakeasy lounge.