Internationally recognized Michelin starred chef Josh Emett and highly regarded local restaurateur Fleur Caulton have recently opened Rātā.
Rātā takes inspiration from the southern landscape and everything that epitomizes New Zealand. Passionate about creating a restaurant that encompasses that hard to find ‘real’ restaurant experience, Rātā is a relaxed eating-house with a neighbourhood feel, great service and delicious food. The restaurant is located discreetly away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown tucked away alongside heritage buildings. Rātā is a great place to unwind, with several dining spaces including a sunny courtyard and a bar perfect for all day eating.Lunch, dinner and bar grazing is served at Rātā. The menu showcases Josh’s impeccable cooking skills. Queenstown’s cooler climate lends itself to Josh’s love of slow cooked dishes and robust flavours, the discipline of his Michelin star background ensures elegant well balanced and inspired cuisine.
The wine list will proudly showcase wines from the Otago region, greater New Zealand and afar with an emphasis on a eclectic mix of the highly regarded and little known gems. A large selection of wines by the glass to give diners variety, and match easily with the style of food.
As suggested the décor uses warm earthy tones and influences from the Otago scenery, local polished stone and natural woods; and combines this with a very modern industrial components: concrete, glass and steel. Throughout the space there are salvaged items, restored and given a chance to live again and give the space quirky charm and character. This deliberate ‘mix and match’ feel reflects the clientele they are looking to attract, the young and hip, the wiser well-heeled adventurers alongside the regular local crowd.