I know I mostly post about bangin’ restaurants in our cool little capital – honestly, there’s so many I feel like I can’t keep up – but in this blog piece, I’m going to take you to my home village, Upper Moutere (Nelson),to enlighten you lot about a place that I reckon definitely deserves some recognition – Forsters Moutere Hills. I don’t come back to Nelson very often, but when I do, I like to make sure I’m eating out at the best places the Tasman region has to offer. After landing in chilly nelson, all I needed was a tasty feed and something to warm my soul – so you bet when my mam suggested we go to Forsters, I jumped at the opportunity (and I knew I was going to get a gorgeous gram photo!).
When you come to Nelson and think of somewhere to eat, you never think to go to Forsters as it’s about a 40-minute drive from Nelson. Luckily enough for my family, it’s on a stones-throw away from our place, so it’s now become a go-to for beautiful food, local drink, and entertaining company! Forsters is also pretty hidden in the Moutere Hills, and you’ll find it tucked away in-between its endless fields of vineyards – but once you’ve found it, you know you’ve hit the jackpot.
First things first, I have to appreciate the interior and design of this place. Think of a Scandinavian mountain hut, with all amber cedar insides and minimalist but warm décor. With the weather outside stormy and cold, it made the inside even warmer and more inviting – which I think makes for a perfectly cozy dining atmosphere. The only thing that this incredible dining area was missing was a big roaring fire – personally I think it would’ve been the finishing touch, but that’s just me being fussy and naturally freezing! Enough about the interior – this isn’t Architectural Digest – so let’s get onto the fare.
I’m not a big fan of wine (don’t @ me for dining at a winery), so I decided to support some family friends and treat myself to a Moutere Apple Peckham’s Cider, which in my eyes, is one of the best tasting ciders in the world (and you can buy it all over the world too!). After kicking my liver into gear, my mum and I decided to try the famous Forsters tasting platter so we can each try a little of everything from the menu – and a bowl of chips, because why not? As soon as the platter hit the table, my mouth dropped and drooled. It boasted 5 beautiful amuse bouches from their menu, which you could just tell were each going to taste sensational. I’m still a pescatarian, so I dove right into the crumbed goat’s cheese & olive oil powder croquette, seared Tuna & seaweed salad, and ceviche Snapper. I’m an avid seafood supporter, so you bet that the fresh & tangy Snapper Ceviche hit all the right flavour spots, and it got me craving a whole tub of it! A big shout out to their chips also – sometimes the best places can do the most average chips since they’re the ‘lesser important’ dish – but Forster’s nailed the humble chip, and my mam and I smashed back that whole bowl without a soggy potato in sight!
If you’re reading this and you DON’T want to jump the cook straight to dine at Forsters, then what is wrong with you?? Beautiful food and drink that’s locally sourced, amazing people who provide the best chats, and this is all set in a location that’s picture-perfect. The only 2 things that might sway your decision to come here, is the time it takes to get here from nelson (it’s a little bit of a drive out), and also their food is at the high-end of the price spectrum – but to be honest, the proof is in the pudding, and you’re paying for top quality food. A spectacular 9/10 for my first time here at Forsters – and I can’t wait to dine again here in the summer!