Monday6:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Wednesday6:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Thursday6:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Friday9:00 am – 1:00 am.
Saturday9:00 am – 1:00 am.
Sunday9:00 am – 1:00 am.
42 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Old world meets new at Rona’s, where a former home has been repurposed into dining rooms, a bar and heavenly courtyard brimming with wild greens and Al Fresco dining dreams.
Inside, terracotta floor tiles are contrasted with low hanging light bulbs, bright pops of colourful artwork by Dick Frizzell and a neon dollar bill - which all add a contemporary feel to the interior.
Through sliding doors the courtyard awaits, with tables nestled amongst a delicate jungle of greenery and white roses, a lush vegetable patch full of tomato-stake teepees and herbs - many of which will soon find their way to your plate.
The sharing plate menu changes with the availability of ingredients, but is heavily influenced by the chefs’ seven year stint cooking in Berlin.
The wine list is half natural, half conventional with Garage Project beer, Abel Methode cider and Supreme coffee also on offer. As an added treat, in the weekends a grilled cheese menu and Sweet & Savage donuts are rolled out.
Owner Caroline has holidayed in Akaroa her whole life, and the project is a labour of love named after her late grandmother who encouraged her to follow her dreams of opening an eatery in the township.
After finishing her previous project The Colombo, and with the chefs Harriet and Finbar, they have turned to Rona’s and bringing impeccable dishes like Ricotta gnocchi with brown butter parmesan and smoked tomatoes and a braised lamb shoulder to share, served with flat breads, labneh and pickled onions.
Along with friendly, chatty front of house staff the group have created a comfortable, sleek atmosphere boosted by upbeat music and attention to every little detail.
Words by Morgan Tait & Photography by Nancy Zhou
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