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Dynamic Dining Experience

Written by Margo Berryman

Queenstown’s Jervois Steak House has forged a reputation as one of the resort’s most dynamic dining out experiences.

Part of the highly successful Nourish Group and South Island counterpart to the original JSH in Auckland’s Herne Bay the authentic steak house is dedicated to providing impeccable hospitality.

“Our reputation is something we are very proud of and our team are driven to provide a high-level experience that supersedes expectations,” says restaurant manager Jo Thorp-Olesen. 

On the first floor of the Sofitel complex, the American style steak house serves premium beef, lamb, and seafood. 

 “Our team of chefs is led by Nourish Group executive chef Garrick Stewart who is well known for his food finesse and attention to every detail,” she says.

“The meat cuts are selected from quality New Zealand producers like our prime rib which is sourced from the finest 150-day grain fed Black Angus. The Jervois cut eye fillet comes from Westport and my personal favourite, the Wakanui scotch fillet is from Canterbury.”

Seafood is also exceptional with fresh Bluff oysters available in season alongside other delicacies.

“Alaskan king crab is hugely popular as an entrée or to top your steak with,” says Jo. “Westcoast whitebait is also on the menu and at certain times of the year we serve locally caught crayfish.”

JSH caters to all dietary requirements with plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians.

“We cater to everyone and have an amazing range of fresh, seasonal, gluten, meat or dairy free dishes. Our sides are well known such as the truffle mac and cheese, baked candied kumara and onion rings –

the perfect accompaniment to any dish. And if you have a sweet tooth then don’t leave without experiencing our chocolate fondant, it’s out of this world.”

Jo was recently appointed restaurant manager after running the boutique JSH bar for the past five years. She is upbeat about the opportunity to make her mark.

“We are a small but dedicated team and we love to champion the dynamic experience here. Our bar is sophisticated and the perfect place to start the night. The cosy outdoor area is ideal for people watching  and the wine and cocktail list is seriously good. We have a reputation for the best espresso martinis and margaritas in town.”

The JSH vibe is one of classic sophistication in an elevated setting.

“This is a destination restaurant and bookings are highly recommended especially if you want to dine on a certain date,” says Jo. “We cater for large groups, celebrations and have a private dining room that seats up to 15 people.”

 JSH new year celebrations

New Year 2022 will be a major celebration at JSH and early reservations are encouraged.

“We are serving a beautiful three course set menu with the restaurant open from 5.00pm until late. People can watch the fireworks from our balcony or head down to the waterfront just before midnight,” says restaurant manager Jo Thorp-Olesen. 

“Dinner tickets must be prepaid and options like a glass of champagne on arrival can be added on. Whether it’s a large group of friends or couples looking for a fun place to celebrate everyone is welcome to join us here.”

The JSH bar will be open from 4.00pm for pre-dinner drinks and is a great gathering spot to start or finish the night.

“Our New Year’s Eve celebrations always sell out so people need to book in advance to not miss out. It’s going to be a spectacular night,” says Jo.

The New Year’s Eve party is a ticketed event and bookings are available online at jshqueenstown.co.nz

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Margo Berryman