Queenstown: Botswana Butchery

One of Queentown’s most stylish and popular restaurant, Botswana Butchery opened in August 2008 and became such a hit, they opened a sister restaurant in Auckland. I’m a huge fan of Auckland’s Botswana Butchery, so when my friends and I had a long weekend away in Queenstown, we decided to secure a table and have a nice steak dinner. Located off Marine Parade, the restaurant offers a spectacular view of Lake Wakatipu with a warm and welcoming dining room that incorporates leather couches, velvet seats, beautiful patterned wallpaper and fireplaces.

Our dozen Southern Glory oysters served natural with a side of sherry shallot dressing and lemon balsmic vinegar was a delightful start. Southern Glory, the same species as the Bluff oysters and cultivated on Stewart Island, were plump and had a delicate and succulent flavour. Slightly sweeter than Bluff, we fought over these exquisite babies. We enjoyed them so much, we other another half dozen after our mains!

Being known for their steaks, I ordered the Savannah Angus grass fed eye fillet with a side of whole-grain mustard. Cooked char-grilled and medium rare, this tender steak was perfect. The mouthwatering and smoky aroma intensified the meat flavours and added a delicious crust on the steak. We ate our steaks with sides of steamed broccolini with salted macadamia nuts, duck fat potatoes and sauteed mushrooms with bacon and garlic butter.

Botswana Butchery did not disappoint and it lived up to my high expectations. We had immaculate and friendly service in a luxurious dining environment which gave us a well-rounded dining experience. If you’re ever in Queenstown, make sure you stop by for an unforgettable meal!

Date: Saturday 14 December 2013 | Location: 17 Marine Parade, Queenstown | Food: Steak House

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