Whizzing around the bays to Port Chalmers for my second-to-last shoot for the 52 restaurants in 52 weeks project, I was thinking about how much I’d miss this job once it was finished. The rain was pouring down on a Sunday afternoon and I could think of nothing better than an early dinner in front of the fire at The Portsider – with my chef husband busy cooking dinner for everyone else at Nova – as usual – there wasn’t much motivation to cook for myself!
Signs on the door mentioned whisky tastings, and locally sourced seafood, and inside I was given a friendly welcome to the newly refurbished pub. I settled down to a beer and watched locals bustling in and out, everyone was known by name at their local.
The food didn’t disappoint. Paired perfectly with the cosy atmosphere, I was treated to beautifully cooked sole fillets with deliciously buttery potatoes, hand cut chips served rustic in a flowerpot, and a burger cooked to perfection. While I ate, I flicked through old books and magazines that lined the walls of the dining room.
The Portsider is well worth the trip down the bay. Make a night of it and check out a gig at Chick’s Hotel afterward, for a true Port Chalmers experience!