Fleurs Place the book is a special book.
Fleurs Place is a restaurant, café and bar right on the waterfront at the old jetty in the sleepy fishing village of Moeraki on New Zealand’s South Island coast north of Dunedin.
It was built in 2002, on an early whaling station site, from gathered collectables and demolition materials from all over New Zealand.
A visit to Fleurs Place is something you must put on your list of things to do before you die. Bookman Beattie is fortunate enough to have had a lunch there a couple of years back with Annie, Philip and Sarah and can assure you it was a very special experience.
So special is the place that when celebrity tv chef Rick Stein was told he could go anywhere in the world to write a travel story for London’s Daily Mail he chose Fleurs Place and he said later that “Fleurs Place was everything I hoped it would be”.
High praise indeed, praise well justified.
The author, Paul Sorrell, and photographer, Graham Warman, both Dunedin-based, decided a couple of years back that it was time Fleurs Place owner Fleur Sullivan, undisputed matriarch of South Island cuisine for many years, should have her own book, and this great collaboration is the result.
I was not at all surprised to learn that publishers Penguin Books had to order a reprint with a week of publication. And I reckon they will be reprinting again before the year is out.
Fleur Sullivan is a remarkable restaurateur who has a stash of accolades including:
Induction into the Restaurant Association Hall of Fame (2007).
Fleur was made as Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (1999).
The NZ Tourism Board presented Fleur with an Enterprise in Tourism Award (1992).
Fleurs Place was recognized by Cuisine magazine as one of the ‘100 best things about New Zealand’
Fleurs Place was the winner of The Café magazine 2007 New Zealand Best Café Awards. It had been runner up for the Best Café Award in 2006 and won the best South Island café in 2005.
Watch this space.