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New Teppanyaki and Japanese Restaurant Opens at Millbrook Resort

Fri, 17th Aug 2012

Teppanyaki and Wagyu beef on menu at Millbrook Resort

A new Japanese restaurant to be launched at Millbrook Resort early next month will have Queenstown’s only Teppanyaki grill and also be the home of the highest quality Wagyu Beef available in New Zealand.

Kobe Cuisine will open at Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort, in a building formerly occupied by Japanese restaurant Sala Sala.

Millbrook’s Head of Operations, Brian Howie said: “We are pleased to have this new and exciting restaurant as part of our already outstanding dining options. Kobe Cuisine offers our guests and visitors another unique dining experience, not found anywhere else within the region”.

He added: “We pride ourselves on providing our guests with the ultimate five star experience and something a little unique. The art of Teppanyaki is a truly entertaining and specialist art and we know our guests will love this part of the Kobe Cuisine offering. The rare Wagyu Beef and five star a la carte menu will also be available as room service for guests staying at the resort.”

“The restaurant can also be hired privately for birthdays, special occasions or as part of a conference or business event and the Teppanyaki Grill adds a unique and fun aspect to any event”.

Kobe Cuisine director Tony Lee said the combination of traditional Japanese cuisine, Teppanyaki grill, an à la carte Asian menu and the best quality ‘full blood’ Wagyu beef would all combine to offer the “best eating experience in the world”.

“We will be the only restaurant in Otago to offer fullblood Wagyu beef, the very highest quality there is and hugely sought-after in the culinary world,” he said.

“This is beef from cattle that are bred in Victoria, Australia, and spend 650 days on a Japanese feeding regime, when a normal grade of beef spends 100 days on feed.

“People really have to taste the Fullblood Wagyu beef to appreciate it how much it melts in the mouth. At Kobe Cuisine we’ll have Wagyu with different grades of marbling, which will be priced accordingly.”

Along with the sublime flavours of Wagyu beef, diners at Kobe Cuisine will be treated to the showmanship of Japanese chefs ‘cooking up a storm’ on two Teppanyaki tables custom-built in Auckland and delivered to Queenstown.

Mr Lee said Teppanyaki brought “a real sense of fun” to dining.

“It’s been years since there was a Teppanyaki restaurant in the Queenstown area and I know there’s great demand for one, so we’re anticipating it will be hugely popular and will feature all the flamboyance and showmanship that people have come to expect.”

The restaurant blends seamlessly into the Millbrook landscape, yet the interior has undergone a complete makeover to create a modern Japanese setting, with a ‘hot chilli red’ feature wall attracting diners’ attention as they enter the restaurant.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11am until late, Kobe Cuisine will also offer outdoor dining in the summer season.

Teppanyaki tables can cater for up to 18 people at a time with three nightly sittings.

The restaurant is scheduled to open on September 7.

About Millbrook Resort
Millbrook was last year voted the Best Golf Resort in Australasia and New Zealand at the World Travel Awards and has once again been nominated for the award in 2012.

Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges on the outskirts of world-renowned tourism destination Queenstown, Millbrook was formerly a wheat farm with a 150-year history. It’s retained many heritage features including the original Millhouse, rustic buildings and a majestic avenue of trees.

Millbrook is a multi award-winning resort that features five-star accommodation, world class dining, the Spa at Millbrook (ranked among the Top Ten in the World), a health and fitness centre, a championship 27-hole golf course, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor spa pools, tennis courts and kilometres of biking and walking trails.

Nearby you can enjoy the gold rush era village of Arrowtown with its many restaurants, museums and shops. Queenstown’s attractions include a wide range of activities, wineries, easy access to five ski areas, great nightlife and award-winning restaurants and bars.

Picture Caption:
1/ Kobe Cuisine restaurant manager Suma Ito

For further media enquiries please contact:
Naomi Lindsay, Marketing Executive
Millbrook Resort
03 441 7039