Now I know you haven’t been hiding beneath a rock for the past ten years so chances are you’ll have heard of this little gem of a restaurant on the South Island’s east coast: Fleurs Place (no apostrophe; apparently it’s implied!). Nestled on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in a tiny fishing village, the ramshackle yet endearing little eatery feels like somewhere you could hang your hat; cosy, inviting and oh so memorable. And as for the food… if you think you’ve had fresh fish, think again! Fleur’s daily menu changes based on that morning’s catch from the local fishing boats. Picture blue cod, gurnard, sole and groper with abundant fresh vegetables and your choice of sauce. Of course, there are plenty of other options for the less-pescatarian amongst us. This foodie institution is a must-visit on your trip around New Zealand.
Awards: Numerous, including Best Café, 2007; Cuisine Food Legend Award 2017; Cuisine Top 100 2018, and more. But who needs awards when you’ve been personally endorsed by food writer Rick Stein?
Signature dish: Fresher-than-fresh fish, and a local delicacy called muttonbird (titi) which is something of an acquired taste but possibly one of your only chances to try it.
Unique points: The location is hard to beat, and don’t be surprised if Fleur herself stops by your table for a chat.
Star Rating on TripAdvisor: 4.5
Dine at Fleurs Place with MoaTours
Our 7 day Otago Farmhouse Gardens tour in spring include brunch at Fleurs.