Hi readers let me introduce myself. I’m Restaurant Ronnie and this is my first post as the resident ‘foodie’here at Keeping Up With NZ so I hope you like it. I will be bringing you lots of goodies from restaurants all over New Zealand so watch this space.
If restaurants are like friends then Hopgood’s Restaurant & Bar in Nelson is my best mate.
We arrived to a warm reception and were quickly taken to our table. The vibe was upbeat and the wait staff were friendly and knowledgable. The restaurant itself is a reasonable size with a cozy feel. The tables are not too close together which allowed a noisy bunch like us to have a good old chin wag and not annoy the other diners.
The wine list is comprehensive and there are plenty of local wines so there is something to suit everyone. We all enjoyed the Tohu Rore Reserve Pinot Noir 2010, which is produced in Marlborough and has a lovely complex fruity/earthy notes with a lovely smooth texture. We also had Amisfield Pinot Noir and the Villa Maria R&D, both delicious drops.
Now here comes the good part. We ate from the exquisite Spring Menu where the food is local and is of superb quality.
I started my meal with a crispy duck salad with red wine prickly pear, honey roasted yam and hazelnuts. The starters are generous in size and my duck was melt in your mouth stuff. The combination of flavours hit all the right spots. My fellow diners enjoyed their starters and devoured them with great gusto and there was silence at the table for all of 5 minutes while we tucked in.
For my main I decided on the slow cooked lamb rump with Jerusalem artichokes, borlotti beans, bacon and kale, once again a very generous plate. I am not a big fan of lamb in restaurants as I have often been disappointed however Hopgoods produced a perfect dish. The lamb was tender, juicy and I couldn’t fault it, absolutely delicious. It makes you appreciate the art of slow cooking meat. Brilliant!
The best was still to come as the event that really sold me on this place was the dessert. The panacotta for me totally blew my mind. I was lucky enough to be dining with four other people so I got the opportunity to devour some of their dessert too. They were all truly delicious and I would go back just to try the entire dessert menu!
Overall Hopgood’s gives an AHHMazing dining experience from the fantastic food to the great staff. What more can you ask for. Good quality local Nelson product and hospitality.
Starters are $21.50
Mains start $33.50
Deserts range from $7.50 to $14.5
Wines prices start from about $35 per bottle but many are sold by the glass.