Posted by: spottedpufferfish | October 4, 2010

Queenstown eating-part 4

How many people do you know, who are lucky enough to get two, no actually, three, no FOUR birthday dinners at swooshy restaurants? Well, that will be the case for my beloved this year! His birthday fell smack in the midst of our trip to Queenstown, and because A, N’s sister was in town for the first week (his birthday was in the second week) we went out to dinner for his birthday at Bostwana Butchery while A was still with us. Check out the post about that dinner here.

On his actual birthday, we went to The Bunker…
My mushroom and truffle oil-infused pumpkin soup- who’d have thought that truffle oil went so well with pumpkin?

N’s something or other- eek for the life of me, I can’t remember what this was… (I should explain: this was quite a late dinner, as the only reservation that was available was for 8.30pm, and N and I had already had several drinks with an absolutely lovely couple we met on the slopes at Coronet Peak that week, so my memory wasn’t at it’s best!) Hi L & R, if you’re reading this!!!
The Bunker

My pork two ways- saltimbucca and I think, pork ribs…
The Bunker

N’s venison:
The Bunker

We shared desert- a creme brulee, which unfortunately wasn’t as good as the one we’d had at Bostwana Butchery.
The Bunker

On our last night in Queenstown, we went BACK to Botswana Butchery- I guess you now understand the extent of our doubling and tripling up on our favourite restaurants!

T and I had the special of ocean trout ceviche with asparagus and pea shoots:
Botswana Butchery
This dish was truly delicious- the ocean trout was so creamy, and the asparagus was beautifully al dente (I’m not sure if you can use that to describe vegies???)

N’s wood-fired prawns:
Botswana Butchery

For a main, I had the rib eye steak, with mushroom and thyme jus:
Botswana Butchery

N had the lobster!
Botswana Butchery
How incredible does it look???

Botswana Butchery

The girls:
Botswana Butchery

The boys:
Botswana Butchery
Note cleavers on the wall, in the background- this was the quirky thing about Botswana Butchery- all of the doors in the restaurant had meat cleavers stuck in them, with the cleaver handle, as the door handle! How cool is that?

The girls and boys:
Botswana Butchery

Botswana Butchery

Botswana Butchery

And the other two dinners, I hear you ask? We’re going out to dinner this weekend to Le Pelican in Surry Hills, with the rest of N’s family, for his birthday, and I’m going to take him out at some stage too! More decadent dining to come!



  1. Ooh such lovely memories have come back of our trip to Queenstown! The food there is so good! 😀

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