19 March 2012
Story by Claire Sullivan
Photography by Anna Kidman
A Queenstown institution comes north with a promise of great southern hospitality and hearty fare.
Since it first opened its doors in 2007, Botswana Butchery has satiated the hunger of many a visitor to the Queenstown district. Its warm and inviting dining room along with hearty fare has proven the perfect confines for enjoying a long heady evening of culinary indulgence matched with the Otago region’s award winning wines.
Al Spary of Botswana designed the restaurant as a place where he could enjoy a decent manly steak, but where his wife could also feel welcome by an offering of seafood and lighter fare.
Taking over the iconic Ferry Terminal building’s ground floor space (once the home of 90’s restaurant Cin Cin), Botswana Butchery’s Auckland venture will present a similar offering to its Queenstown and Wanaka siblings.
The large interior space has been transformed by Al’s wife Charlotte Spary into a contemporary masterpiece where dramatic stone archways are accented by large velvet covered wing back chairs. The once cavernous space has been divided into numerous smaller dining zones bringing the warmth and comfort that one expects from a place where you’re likely to settle in for the long haul.
The menu has an extensive list of the usual “steak house” offerings: eye fillet, ribeye, porterhouse and Chateaubriand cuts of beef, accompanied by a plethora of sauce options including béarnaise, blue cheese and their specialty Botswana horseradish cream. And to keep the non meat eaters happy there is a substantial offering of seafood dishes (perhaps influenced by the restaurant’s waterfront location), such as whole roasted baby crayfish with lemon butter sauce, and vegetarian options such as their legendary french onion soup.
The restaurant opens to the public on Thursday and will be open from midday until midnight daily thereafter. With a substantial bar area only adding to its appeal, we can see this South Island stalwart developing itself a keen Jaffa following.
99 Quay Street
(09) 307 6966www.botswanabutchery.co.nz