Top Five Places for Fireside Dining in Dunedin

by Insiders Dunedin

There’s nothing quite like dining by a roaring fire on a mid-winters eve and Dunedin does a good line in cosy eateries that are high on taste and ambience. Check out these five go-to spots for your fireside fix:

1) Laneway café bar and tapas

Tucked down Bath Street amidst the street art, fresh, tasty Tapas is the name of the game at Laneways but a glass or two of wine doesn’t go astray either. With large comfy fireside couches and a hidden courtyard out the back, it’s a great spot for date nights. Recommended winter bites include the amazing cheese fondue, ham croquettes or buttermilk popcorn chicken.

2) Emerson’s Taproom and Restaurant

With quirky train-themed décor and crackling fireplace, Emersons really comes into its own in the winter months when beer and hot chips are the lifeblood of a nation. Not just any old beer and hot chips mind you, this is craft beer at its best with regularly changing seasonal flavours and possibly the best fries you have ever had in your life – think truffle and parmesan sprinkles and you’ll be someway towards getting the picture.  The delicious main menu has had a recent makeover and now includes all sorts of tasty new morsels with big flavours and exotic spices. Pie July is also in full swing at the moment so those with a hankering for perfect pastry should pay a visit.

3) The Esplanade

There’s something a little hypnotic about dining just metres away from the Pacific Ocean as the waves surge onto the beach and seafoam splashes high into the air. This spectacle is even better served with wood-fired pizzas and Italian cuisine, or even a cheeky glass of prosecco of an evening. The Esplanade channels an Italian seaside bistro vibe, especially on the weekends when it fills with brunchers enjoying a leisurely meal or quick coffee after a walk on St Clair Beach. The braised lamb pappardelle is the stuff of legends and perfect wintery evening fare.

4) No.7 Balmac

Friendly neighbourhood café meets sophisticated eatery, No.7 never fails to deliver on the taste factor, often with surprising combinations that are as much a joy to devour as they are to behold.  The ultimate cosy haven in the winter, the dining areas are warm and intimate, transforming even a simple coffee and cake outing into a leisurely treat. The wood-fired goodness includes dazzling dishes for cooler months such as spiced rubbed beef, almond tahini hummus smeared sourdough pancake, toasted cauliflower, herb tabouli & crispy onions.

5) Etrusco

A classic fixture on the Dunedin restaurant scene that still nails it every time, dishing up piping hot Italian cuisine in the rather salubrious surroundings of the Savoy Building. The lovely wood-panelled dining room is warm and inviting, setting the scene for Aperitifs by the fire followed by pizza and pasta heaven, including that of the gluten free variety. Everyone has their favourites, but a trusty go-to can always be found in the Spaghetti Puttanesca

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