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New Year, New Chef, New Menus at Castaways Restaurant & Bar

2020 is off to a fantastic start with the appointment of new Head Chef, Bruce Thomason, at Castaways Resort’s Restaurant & Bar, and venue.

Bruce Thomason brings extensive experience and an adventurous background to the team at Castaways after spending years as a chef for Heritage Expeditions operating out of Christchurch on their ice-strengthened expedition ship for adventure tourists. Not only has he cooked around the world having also spent time in the Philippines, but he has also worked as Head Chef at Solitaire Lodge, Tree Tops Lodge, and Bistro 1284 all in Rotorua.

Bruce is passionate about having a sustainable and ethical paddock to plate philosophy and this can be seen in Chef’s new summer menus now being served at Castaways Restaurant & Bar. From stunning seafood dishes, such as Tiger Prawns, sautéed in garlic butter with baby pea and avocado salad, with a chili lime dressing, to meltingly tender Beef Ribs, braised for eight hours with thyme, garlic and red wine, served with potato dumplings and rocket gremolataa. Every dish has been thoughtfully created and products sourced carefully to ensure maximum flavour while adhering to this important ethos.

Castaways Restaurant & Bar is open 7 days from 7am until late, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as morning and afternoon tea. Visit www.castaways.co.nz to find out more.