Hospitality Business Magazine

Restaurants serving best Beef and Lamb revealed


The new Beef + Lamb NZ ambassador chefs (l-r): Alistair Forster, Scott Kennedy, Steve Beere, Shaun Clouston, Daniel Hill.

The 2017 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award holders were have been announced with 162 restaurants joining a group of 3,150 previous recipients who have earned the nation’s longest running culinary accolade since the awards began 21 years ago.

Over the past few months, culinary trained assessors have been scouting out restaurants serving only the best beef and lamb dishes to determine the annual Beef and Lamb Excellence Award holders.

The awards attracted over 200 entries with over 400 beef and lamb dishes being assessed on taste, presentation, degree of cooking and overall appeal, over a three-month period.

The 2017 recipients have been awarded a gold plate to mark the success of their beef and lamb dishes and to ensure diners they can expect an experience second to none.

The following five chefs were also announced as 2017 Beef and Lamb Ambassador Chefs, after excelling in the assessment process:

  • Steve Beere from Mint Restaurant, Napier
  • Shaun Clouston from Logan Brown, Wellington
  • Alistair Forster from Mahana Estate, Nelson
  • Daniel Hill from Pitches Store, Ophir, Central Otago
  • Scott Kennedy from Nero Restaurant, Palmerston North

The five chefs presented their skills at the reveal event which was hosted by sporting stars Lisa Carrington, Sarah Walker  and Eliza McCartney,  at Quay Project, Britomart Auckland. The chefs served over eighty food writers, media and industry heavyweights a signature beef and lamb canapé dish.

Shaun Clouston of Wellington’s Logan Brown is proud to be representing Beef and Lamb as an ambassador for the fourth time.

“Beef and lamb dishes are a staple on my menu, to showcase versatility and the beautiful flavours, I typically use two cuts for each dish, a first class cut and a secondary cut.”




à Deco, Whangarei

Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell

Jimmy Cook’s, Paihia


Annabelles Restaurant, Auckland

Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana

Auckland Waitakere Estate, Auckland

Cable Bay Vineyard, Waiheke Island

Casita Miro, Waiheke Island

Cibo Parnell, Auckland

Cuff Café, Auckland

DeBretts Kitchen, Auckland

Grand Millennium Brasserie, Auckland

Hectors Restaurant, Auckland

Jervois Steakhouse, Ponsonby

Manly Bar & Grill, Whangaparaoa

MASU, Auckland

Nuffield St Café Bar & Bistro, Auckland

Oyster and Chop, Auckland

Plume, The Vineyard Restaurant, Matakana

Regatta Bar & Eatery, Takapuna

Soljans Estate Winery, Auckland

Sunset Restaurant & Bar, Auckland

Te Maroro Restaurant, Auckland

The Clare Inn, Auckland

The Square, Auckland

The Sugar Club, Auckland

Wellingtons Restaurant, Auckland

Zest, Auckland


Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton

Agenda, Hamilton

Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar, Cambridge

Bluestone Steakhouse, Hamilton

Chim choo ree, Hamilton

Furnace Restaurant & Bar, Hamilton

Huhu Café, Waitomo Caves

Keystone, Hamilton

Palate Restaurant, Hamilton

Smith & McKenzie Chophouse, Hamilton


Koru at Rapaura, Thames

Pepper Tree Restaurant, Coromandel


Ambria, Katikati

Bistro at the Falls Retreat, Waihi

Bravo Café Restaurant, Tauranga

Delissi, Mount Maunganui

Elizabeth Larder & Café, Tauranga

Latitude 37 Restaurant & Bar, Mount Maunganui

Mount Bistro, Mount Maunganui


Bistro 1284, Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua

Stratosfare, Rotorua

Urbano Bistro, Rotorua


Edgewater, Taupo

Rose on Roberts, Taupo

The Brantry Restaurant, Taupo


Emporium, Napier

Indigo Napier

Mangapapa Hotel, Havelock North

Mint Restaurant, Napier

Mission Restaurant, Napier

The Gintrap Restaurant & Bar, Napier

Vidal Restaurant, Hastings


379 The Avenue, Wanganui

Aberdeen on Broadway, Palmerston North

Amayjen The Restaurant, Feilding

The Barrelhouse Restaurant & Bar, Dannevirke

Jimmy Cook’s, Palmerston North

Nero Restaurant, Palmerston North

Nosh, Palmerston North

Petit Dejeuner, Palmerston North

Rendezvous Restaurant, Palmerston North

Ruapehu Room, National Park

Rutland Arms Inn, Wanganui

Table 188 Kitchen & Bar, Palmerston North

The Fat Farmer, Palmerston North

The Gallery Restaurant, Palmerston North

The Blind Finch, Ohakune


Arborio Restaurant Café & Bar, New Plymouth

Juliana’s Restaurant, New Plymouth

Stony River Country Diner, Okato


Eatery 10 Restaurant, Martinborough

The Grill at Solway Park, Masterton

Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston


Artisan Dining House, Wellington

Boulcott Street Bistro, Lower Hutt

Chameleon Restaurant, Wellington

City Dining & Bar, Wellington

Cobar Restaurant, Days Bay

Cuba St Bistro, Wellington

Hippopotamus Restaurant, Wellington

Hummingbird Restaurant, Wellington

Jackson Café Bistro, Petone

Logan Brown, Wellington

Olive Restaurant, Wellington

One 80 Restaurant, Wellington

Portlander, Wellington

Shed 5 Restaurant & Bar, Wellington

Zibibbo, Wellington



Cod & Lobster Brasserie, Nelson

Comida Café & Restaurant, Nelson

FORD’S Restaurant & Bar, Nelson

Jelly Fish Café and Bar, Nelson

Mahana Estate, Nelson

Mia Dining & Wine Cellar, Blenheim

Precinct Dining Co., Motueka

Foredeck Restaurant, Marlborough Sounds


Matheson Café, Fox Glacier

Waterwheel Restaurant, Hokitika


Eden Restaurant, Hanmer Springs

No. 31 Restaurant & Bar, Hanmer Springs


50 Bistro, Christchurch

Bishop Brothers Public House, Christchurch

Bloody Mary’s, Christchurch

Café Valentino, Christchurch

Chillingworth Road, Christchurch

Cook ‘n’ with Gas, Christchurch

Costas Taverna, Christchurch

Dine Divine, Christchurch

Fig Restaurant & Bar, Christchurch

Governors Bay Hotel, Lyttelton

Merrin Street Brewery Bar, Christchurch

Pescatore, Christchurch

Shackleton’s Bar & Grill, Methven

Strawberry Fare, Christchurch

Sugarhorse Bar & Eatery, Christchurch

The Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch

The Little Bistro, Akaroa

The Old Vicarage, Christchurch

The Square Restaurant, Christchurch

The Villas, Christchurch


Lake House Restaurant, Ashburton

Fusion Restaurant Café & Bar, Timaru

Rakinui Restaurant, Lake Tekapo

Stronechrubie, Mt Somers

Panorama Room, The Hermitage, Mount Cook Village


Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant, Dunedin

Bracken Restaurant, Dunedin

Captains Restaurant, Queenstown

Carrick Winery, Cromwell

Cucina, Oamaru

Ironic Café and Bar, Dunedin

Lombardi Restaurant, Queenstown

Mackenzies, Queenstown

Millhouse Restaurant, Arrowtown

Northstar Restaurant, Oamaru

Olivers at the Victoria Store, Clyde

Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar, Dunedin

Otematata Eatery Bar & Lodge, Otematata

Pier 19 Restaurant, Queenstown

Pier 24, Hotel St. Clair, Dunedin

Pitches Store, Central Otago

Poppies Café & Restaurant, Twizel

Prime Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Queenstown

Redcliff Restaurant & Bar, Te Anau

Roaring Megs, Queenstown

The Fat Duck, Te Anau

Totara Bar, Oamaru

True South Dining Room, Queenstown

Wakatipu Grill, Queenstown


Emberz at Ascot, Invercargill

Level One Restaurant, Invercargill

Paddington Arms, Invercargill