The Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is sharing its taste for the good life and great dining with its guests, signing up the recently opened Jervois Steak House (JSH) as its official signature restaurant partner. In addition to welcoming external patrons, the popular new steak house (which launched in December last year) will also now service Sofitel’s in-house hotel guests exclusively for dinner daily from 5pm until late.
Operated and owned by Richard Sigley and Chef Simon Gault of New Zealand Masterchef fame as part of the acclaimed Nourish Group of restaurants, JSH is located on Brecon Street, adjacent to the Sofitel’s Duke Street entrance.
Built within the hotel complex as part of its broader retail offerings, JSH assures easy, direct access and recharge facilities for guests staying at the Sofitel, and complements the luxury hotel’s existing onsite room service, bar, and cafe dining options. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa’s General Manager Vincent Macquet says while the concept of having an external company manage a hotel restaurant is not necessarily new, the collaboration is indeed a unique proposition for the boutique style Sofitel.
“We consider Jervois Steak House an extension of the hotel, and like the Sofitel, it offers a boutique and highly regarded product that is second to none on the South Island,” he said. “We’re truly excited to offer our guests an opportunity to indulge in what is undoubtedly New Zealand’s pre-eminent restaurant showcasing the region’s best beef and lamb, as well as a sample of seafood and popular wine varietals from Central Otago.”
In support of JSH’s appointment as signature restaurant, Sofitel’s European inspired Left Bank Cafe, which offers smart sidewalk concept seating for up to 70 people, will cease dinner service to concentrate on offering its famous breakfast and lunch experience.
As part of the dinner service arrangement, Jervois Steak House (JST) has in turn developed a tailored two and three course set dinner menu exclusive to Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa guests. Sofitel guests will also be able to order off the restaurant’s regular menu as independent diners at their leisure.
Mr Macquet said, “Sofitel is focussed on delivering a French style cousu main or tailor made service for our guests, and fine food is brand pillar that we pride ourselves on, so we have naturally embraced the passion for excellence shared by the Nourish Group and JHS.
“We share an approach to superior service and highly knowledgeable staff which offers guests peace of mind and ensures a similarly great experience, whether you choose dine at JSH or spend the night in with us at Sofitel.”
Jervois Steak House is the newest addition to the Nourish Group of restaurants, portfolio of restaurants, which include the Auckland Jervois Steak House and Shed 5 in Wellington.
The JSH menu is a veritable who’s who of meats in all forms, carefully selected from the highest pedigree and defined by breed and feed, with dishes like the Signature Prime Rib, selected from the finest 150-day grain fed Black Angus that has been dry aged then patiently roasted in their special oven.
It’s not just the menu that delivers the style and authenticity. An industrial staircase greets you on entry and timber floors and brick walls together with open fires leave you cocooned in an earthy warmth, that screams hearty food and rewarding big flavours. The spacious, but intimate bar, is the perfect space for that pre-dinner aperitif or cocktail and of course an after dinner cognac, port or coffee. On a sunny afternoon you can step out onto the lower steps of Brecon Street and sip an icy beer, stationed at a well positioned leaner where you can view the leisurely activities that Queenstown is famous for.