From the expansive dark-wood bar and elegant chandeliers to the cosy outdoor courtyard and fireplace, first impressions of Wanaka’s Lipsky & Sons are of pure sophistication.
The chic style infiltrates the restaurant’s every detail from the glassware to the menu, which highlights tender, New York-inspired steaks and succulent New Zealand oysters served straight from the raw bar.
The brainchild of internationally renowned chef Leungo Lippe, Lipsky & Sons is a class act and a welcome addition to the Southern Lakes restaurant scene.
After training at the Culinary Institute of America, Leungo fine-tuned his skills in creative cuisine with stints at Marco Pierre White’s London restaurant MPW and The Lennox Room in New York City.
He launched Lipsky & Sons late last year and the restaurant is already a favourite haunt for locals because of its fresh, premium New Zealand produce prepared with a generous dollop of creative international flair.
“Enjoying a beautifully cooked steak is one of life’s great pleasures and we are passionate about providing a space where people can come and experience good food and good company in a place that feels special and relaxing without being pretentious,” says Leungo. “Although we update our menu according to the seasons, a selection of top-quality steaks and oysters are always available.”
Lipsky & Sons’ sharing plates and charcuterie boards are the go-to for the aprѐs ski crowd returning from Cardrona and are perfectly complemented with a warming drink, a red wine or a tipple from the extensive cocktail menu.
Nestled in a prime position on Mountain View Road, the restaurant features a separate bar and dining room, courtyard and Wanaka’s only private dining room.
“The building was initially built as a venue so we are lucky to have such a large space to utilise,” he says. “We have designed Lipsky & Sons so guests can choose where they hang out. There’s a casual area where friends can grab a beer and some hot chips or they can dine in the restaurant and enjoy a superb cut of meat.”
The decadent private dining room seats up to ten people and is ideal for special occasions and romantic dinners. Guests select a set menu in advance – including a starter, main and desert – are greeted with an arrival drink and their own personal waiter for an exclusive dining experience.
“Our aim is to make sure our guests have an evening to remember,” says Leungo.
Rave reviews since opening reinforce the restaurant is achieving this – “great food, excellent service in a fantastic environment. It was our wedding anniversary and we were excited to try Lipsky and Sons. We were not disappointed and will be back,” TripAdvisor