We discover a new crowd pleasing waterfront eatery just in time for summer.
There’s no doubt that Princes Wharf tops the list as one of the most charming waterfront destinations to wine and dine. Its recent reinvigoration includes a freshly minted and smaller Euro, the arrival of specialised cocktail and whisky bar Coley & Punch and now an international style eatery that’s set to lure in the crowds – The Culpeper.
The vibrant restaurant exudes a breezy seaside atmosphere with its cane furniture, wooden shutters, palm tree accents and sweeping verandah perfect for an afternoon revelling in the sun with a delicious libation in hand. With Nourish Group’s new Executive Chef Gareth Stewart and The Culpeper Head Chef Nigel Reid at the helm, the menu is designed for sharing and draws inspiration from flavours from around the globe.
With a grand charcoal-fired barbecue grill and rotisserie sitting pretty at the front of the open kitchen, expect to see influences from America’s deep south, employing a low and slow, smoky barbecue cooking method. Take for example the rose veal short ribs with tamarillo and chilli ketchup or the First Light Wagyu beef brisket, dry cured in salt and pepper rub and smoked overnight. For those who are after fresh and zingy, you’ll see Asian inspired dishes feature, including the crab and kimchi hushpuppies, line caught fish with green papaya and nam jim dressing, and an oh-so-delicious barbecued crayfish with madras spice and lime pickle.
Flaunting a vibrant fusion of flavours, The Culpeper is another highly desirable harbourside destination that has arrived just in time for summer’s notorious carousing. If you’re after a hit of flavour, waterfront views, and guaranteed good vibes, make this destination your next port of call.
147 Quay Street
09 320 4373