Lil Red restaurant to reopen at QT Queenstown

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Lil Red will reopen next month on the sixth floor of QT Queenstown, with the 40-seat fine dining restaurant set to be a permanent fixture at the hotel.

Led by executive chef Ryan Henley, the menu embraces local New Zealand ingredients blended with traditional Japanese techniques with dishes such as creamed paua doughnuts, Black Origin Wagyu beef tostada and woodfired flat bread with buffalo cheese, chilli oil and spring onion.

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Larger share plates include woodfired whole fish with koji butter and kombu, Royalburn Station lamb with a BBQ celeriac glaze, and aged whole duck glazed with QT rooftop honey, sour pear, Jerusalem artichoke, and sake lees jus.

“I’m incredibly excited to make Lil Red a destination on the Queenstown dining scene and showcase the best of the South Island in my own way,” said Henley.

“I’ve built wonderful relationships with local suppliers, going out on the boat with Nate from Gravity Fishing, to working with Nadia and the team at Royalburn Station on a grow-to-order basis. I’m learning so much about treating ingredients with integrity and celebrating some of the world’s best produce, which will come through in the dishes at Lil Red.”