With arguably the best views in Lyttelton, Fisherman’s Wharf also serves up some of Christchurch’s freshest seafood. Drawing in both tourists and locals, the restaurant has reincarnated from a fine dining establishment to a more casual space. Two important things haven’t been compromised in the recent change, however, with the quality of the food and the service of the waitstaff both remaining excellent. As we stepped into the panoramic established on a bright and clear Sunday afternoon, we felt as though we were setting off on an adventure.
The seafood-centric menu has an array of options to satiate, with options for light meals including a traditional Thai tom yum broth, flavoured with aromatic coconut, chilli and lemongrass and your choice of fish, prawns or chicken, as well as a classic fisherman’s pie topped with a crunchy bread crumb and parmesan crust. The mains offer yet more in the way of seasonal marine fare, including fresh, pan-seared salmon, crisped to perfection, and a seafood plate consisting of fish, scallops, prawns, mussels and squid cooked in lemon and butter. Yes, this restaurant is serious about their seafood. If you spy a fishing trawler enter the harbour, there is a good chance it’ll be supplying their catch to the kitchen the very same day. Watching your meal come in is a novel proposition and something that makes dining at Fisherman’s Wharf a genuinely unique experience.
Perfectly suited to a leisurely weekend lunch, dining at Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t meant to be a hurried experience. Instead, guests are encouraged to take their time and marvel in the sights and sensations. Bring along an old pal you haven’t seen in a while and spend a couple hours catching up over delectable seafood paired with a quality wine. You’ll feel time slip away in this charming seafront institution.
Fisherman’s Wharf is the ideal place for a special date or to take out of town guests. Much like Lyttelton itself, it’s a charming spot that should be on everyone’s list. From now on, it’s where I’ll take international loved ones who have yet to experience the beauty of the harbor-side town.