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Wednesday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Thursday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Friday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

74 Ardmore Street

03 428 4938

Owners of arc, James Stapley and Sam Cooper, know a thing or two about what makes a good eatery. Both have an impressive list of credits, with Stapley having worked in the UK before running a number of respected NZ restaurants and wineries, and Sam having cheffed at a host of Michelin Star restaurants internationally. After the success of their creation Kika (a Wānaka fan favourite focusing on sustainable sharing plates), the duo saw a place in the market for two of the best things known to mankind – brunch and tapas. 

By day, arc serves up brunch in fine dining style with beautifully presented breakfasts (accompanied by delicious cocktails and mocktails designed especially for the AM) that showcase produce from Central Otago and the South Island. arc is anything but your usual breakfast buffet. In fact, it’s a total level-up of the entire morning dining experience. The menu includes decadent creations such as Karitane fresh crayfish salt cold eggs benedict with aerated hollandaise, tarragon and a charcoal milk bun, and a brioche French toast sandwich with cornflakes, blackcurrant, buffalo yoghurt sorbet and raspberry gel. By night, tapas hit the menu including rare lamb fillet carpaccio, and NZ scampi dog with lemon and furikake. If that isn’t enough to get you going, on Friday and Saturday nights a drinks trolley is wheeled around for ‘Arc after Dark’ – so you can ensure a cocktail fix until the early hours. 

The space is natural and beautiful, with interior elements made out of recycled native rimu, highlighting the sustainable ethos that underpins the business. A walkway with dried Central Otago wildflowers flowers covering the ceiling directs you to a courtyard where you can sit under the trees and enjoy their sustainably sourced delights in a sweet outdoor spot. 

Someone wise once said creativity is taking existing and known elements and combining them in a new and unique way. arc has done that with absolute class and in their own signature style.

Words by Sophie Morris & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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74 Ardmore Street

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