Wedding Menu

Nelson Weddings – Menu

Manuela Furhimann, your chef and co-owner of The Playhouse is a European trained chef with over 15 years experience in kitchens throughout the world.

Her passion for local flavours and produce mixed with a twist of European flair adds an extra dimension to your wedding and your guests raving about the food.

The menus we listed below are really just guidelines and ideas, we aim to create the perfect menu for your big day. We can substitute, change or revise all of our menu options to your tastes, dietary requirements and style.

Canapés/finger foods.

Our Canapes are $3.50 per person, per choice, or you can lay us out a budget and we can work to that. Most canapés will have two nibbles per person.

  • Crostinis selection of any 2 flavours:
    • Roast capsicum & feta cheese & herb pesto
    • Roast beef & beetroot chutney
    • House Smoked chicken & mango chutney
    • Caramelised onion & blue cheese
    • House smoked salmon & caper -olive vinaigrette
    • Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls Vegetarian, meat and seafood options available. Served with spicy/sour or sour/ sweet dipping sauce according to preference
    • Fried Spring Rolls Vegetarian, meat and seafood options available. Served with sour /spicy or sour/ sweet dipping sauce according to preference.
    • Savoury Filo Baskets – With a selection of fillings to tantalise your taste buds.
    • Petite Corn Fritters – topped with sour cream & drizzled with sundried tomato pesto.
    • Asian Style Fried Wontons – vegetarian and meat and seafood options available.
    • Mini Frittatas -made to your individual taste with an accompanying sauce /chutney.
    • House Made Sushi -various filling options available.
    • Chicken Skewers with Homemade Satay Sauce
    • Salmon and Caper Pinwheels
    • Mini Scones and Muffins
  • Bread and Dips $9 per platter
  • Anti-Pasto Platters $25 per platter
  • Cheese Platters $25 per platter
  • Local Tasting Platters $30 per platter

Playhouse Cafe Buffet Set Menu

Please note the buffet prices below do not include a dessert option, these are listed below and are additional. Remember we can substitute many options below depending on the season or style you desire. A green summer salad instead of steamed greens, ham rather than roast beef, most options are achievable with no or minimal changes in pricing.

  • Basic option: $32 per person
    • Roast Beef or Glazed Ham
    • Roast Chicken
    • Roasted Potatoes
    • Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
    • Steamed Greens
    • Gravy, Bread and Condiments
  • Premium option: $37 per person
    • Roast Beef or Glazed Ham
    • Roast Chicken
    • Salmon in puff pastry
    • Braised Chickpeas on Polenta
    • Roasted Potatoes
    • Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
    • Steamed Greens
    • Gravy, Bread and Condiments
  • Deluxe option: $46 per person Choose three from below:
    • Roast Beef
    • Roast Chicken
    • Glazed Ham
    • Roast Lamb
    • Roast Pork

    As well as:

      • Salmon in puff pastry
      • Braised Chickpeas on Polenta
      • Roasted Potatoes
      • Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
      • Steamed Greens
      • Gravy, Bread and Condiments

    Buffet Dessert Options

      Choose 2 for $6

    • Dark Chocolate Brownie
    • Seasonal Fruit Crumble
    • Cheese cake
    • Plum Pudding Plus many more options, let?s discuss what you desire for your wedding.

Set Menu – Pricing options:

Basic: Choose any three mains & add either two starters or two desserts $39.

Advanced: Choose any two starters, three mains & two desserts for $47.

Premium: Choose any three starters, four mains & three desserts for $59.
Choose any of these alternatives with the option to add on:

  • Additional starters $5 each per head
  • Additional mains $8 each per head
  • Additional dessert options $5 each per head


  • Soup of the Moment
  • Selection of Homemade Bread & Dips
  • Lamb Koftas served on a cucumber salad and drizzled with a mint yoghurt sauce.
  • Home Smoked Salmon served on a bed of greens drizzled with an olive & caper vinaigrette.
  • Honey & Soy Marinated Chicken Skewers served with homemade satay sauce.
  • Home smoked chicken tossed with sautéed mushrooms in brown butter served on seasonal greens.
  • Selection of Vegetarian Filo Parcels served on seasonal greens drizzled with a yoghurt & lemon dressing.


  • Beef fillet on roasted beetroot, red onion & feta cheese salad, drizzled with delicate elderflower jus.
  • Apricot Rolled Chicken roast served with seasonal kumara, bacon & sage mash vegetables and dressed with a gewurtz jus.
  • Moroccan Spiced Lamb served on a bed of aromatic couscous dressed with a delicately spiced jus.
  • Salmon Fillet encrusted in spinach and wrapped in a light puff pastry Accompanied by a sweet potato roesti and seasonal greens.
  • Fish of the Day pan fried served with seasonal vegetables and almond butter potatoes.
  • Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Stack served on backed polenta and drizzled with herb pesto.
  • Spinach, Feta, Lemon Zest & Roasted Nut Filo served with a seasonal salad and drizzled with light vinaigrette.
  • Braised Chickpeas with Tomato & Seasonal Vegetables served on a delicately spiced wild rice pilaf.


  • Rich Chocolate Brownie served with berry sauce & ice cream.
  • Decadent Chocolate Tart served with ice cream.
  • Berry & White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter served with zesty yoghurt.
  • Pear Frangipane Tart served with a star anise syrup & honey cream.
  • Creamy Vanilla Scented Rice Pudding with poached apricots.
  • Seasonal Fruit Flan accompanied by cream & ice cream.

Family Style Menu This has become a  very popular option as it makes for a very social and relaxed dining experience and everyone can pick and choose what they like .There are many different options available for this style, Entrees can be either alternative dropped or served platter style to the table.

All mains are then served on platters to the  table , leaving people to serve themselves and socialize as they pass food around. Dessert once again can be platters to the table or alternative drops or orders taken. Please see a sample of this style menu below. ($45) Price will depend on the choices of food. Please ask for a quote.


  • Example Menu:
  • Entrees:
  • Platters served to the tables,
  • Lamb koftas & Bread and dips
  • Mains: Family style meal, platters on tables…
  • Roast Chicken
  • Roast lamb or Roast beef or carved ham
  • Rissotto please choose a flavour : Mushroom, Pumpkin or Leeks and blue cheese
  • Green Salad
  • Roast vegetables including Potatoes
  • Choose : Cous Cous Salad or Pasta salad or Rice saladDessert choose two options: Alternative drop served to the  table
  • Cheesecake,( flavours available please choose one: berry & white choc, lemon white choc, Plum, quince; any other suggestions)
  • Brownie served with cream

    Wedding Alcohol Pricing List

    White Wine:

    • Rabbit Island Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris Bottle: $28 Case: $308
    • Kopiko Bay Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris: Bottle: $30 Case: $330
    • Anchorage Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling Bottle: $30 Case: $330
    • Two Tracks Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris: Bottle: $34 Case: $374
    • Tasman Bay Pinot Gris, Chardonnay Bottle: $34 Case: $374

    Red Wine:

    • Kopiko Bay Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cab Sauv : Bottle: $30 Case $330


    • Linduer Classic, Fraise: Bottle: $30 Case: $330
    • Te Hana: Bottle: $35 Case: $385

    Note: Many other wines varieties and brands available, BYO wine by negotiation

    • Glass Keg (50 glasses)
    • Speights/ Macs Gold By the glass $7.5 25l Keg $325 ($6.5 a glass)
    • Macs Hop Rocker/Macs Black By the glass $8.5 25l Keg $375 ($7 a glass)