Monday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Tuesday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Wednesday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Thursday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Friday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Saturday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Sunday5:00 – 11:00 pm.
43 Helwick Street
Sometimes you just want all the flavour of a fine-dining restaurant – without the fancy palaver that comes along with it. That’s why we’re in love with FuDog’s modern restaurant, where dinner is a fuss-free, fun and freakin’ delicious affair.
Wander down the unassuming alleyway, pass other laneway faves Fedeli and Federal Diner, and meet the canine guardian statues (a.k.a. Fudogs) beckoning you through the doors of their home. Like most of the best businesses in Wanaka, Fudog takes advantage of their beautiful backyard where stunning views of the lake are best enjoyed from the outdoor patio or by a window in the downstairs or upstairs dining room. On the whole, the space is clean and white, with quirky remnants of a previous Chinese restaurant’s menu, old lights and windows.
The eatery’s chef, John, creates memorable dishes inspired by his lifetime joy of eating Asian cuisine and a year spent tasting the best of Japan. You may have also found him cooking up a storm in the kitchen of Kika and Fedeli. John’s vision is to bring the cooking techniques and styles of white tablecloth establishments into a casual and super accessible setting.
FuDog is a destination for both low-key drinks and those in for some serious eating. Things change often here, depending on the season and the chefs’ latest food epiphanies, but a history of shared plates like Mongolian beef, whole steamed fish, housemade dumplings and fried cauliflower promise only more deliciousness to come. You’ll find a nice balance of vegetarian and meaty dishes to suit all.
Let’s backtrack to the drinking part for a moment because this is also very worthy of a dedicated paragraph. Asian-inspired cocktails are blended with exciting ingredients like lychee, yuzu and Szechuan peppercorns, Zenkuro supply Sake comes their local Queenstown brewer, taps flow with a rotating selection of Ground Up craft beers and wine comes straight from local vineyards. Happy, happy days.
Words by Maggie Worthington & Photography by Nancy Zhou
43 Helwick Street
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