Meat lovers rejoice, Miss Moonshine's have opened the doors to their permanent Ponsonby restaurant.
An admirable evolution from their humble market stall beginnings, smoky barbecue connoisseurs Miss Moonshine’s have taken up permanent residence within a newly built restaurant in Ponsonby’s latest development, Lot 3. Promising to satisfy our hankerings for slow cooked, succulent meats on a regular basis, their new eatery’s mouthwatering menu combines the best of their original offerings with a whole lot more meaty goodness.
Head chef Simon Den Boogert, who’s previously worked in top Melbourne restaurants, super yachts in Europe, and spent time in New Orleans perfecting the art of Creole cooking, will be making the most of the 1.5 tonne Yoder Smoker BBQ the proprietors, husband and wife duo Annelise and Ryan had specially imported from Kansas. This much bigger version of their original travelling grill gives them the ability to cook more meat and bigger cuts for much longer. Promising to be menu standouts are the signature Beef Brisket and Beef Short Rib dishes (both smoked with Pohutakawa timber), which are cooked for such a long time all the collagen breaks down, resulting in meat so tender it literally melts. Those familiar with their fare will be pleased to know the juicy pulled pork still features, smoked for 12 hours with pear and Manuka wood.
On the side, be sure to try the Moonshine’s Cornbread with burnt butter and the Magic Mushrooms – a dish that comes with chickpeas, smoked garlic and blue cheese, that is guaranteed to put you under its spell. To wash it all down, they’ve collaborated with Rogue Society Gin to create a custom moonshine that’s an un-aged corn mash whisky, infused with flavours like cherry, vanilla, raspberry and apricot, which makes for moreish cocktails. There’s also a big focus on craft beer with six brews on tap that will regularly rotate to keep things interesting. And to top of a meal here, the Orleans doughnuts served with salted caramel and vanilla cream are a must.
The apt interior – the handiwork of Paul Izzard Design – celebrates Americanism sans cheesiness and with lashings of soul. The combination of street art, recycled materials and a nod to the timber used for their specialised cooking process, materialises in a masculine aesthetic, while booth seating and low hanging lights provide the intimate and warm ambience one craves in winter. With generous, carnivorous breakfast options on the cards for the very near future – think a packed plate of low ‘n’ slow eggs, boar sausage, pulled pork, brisket, hush puppies, beans and mushrooms – these smoky barbecue purveyors are hoping to soon be open seven days a week, offering breakfast and lunch as well as dinner.
From Friday 12th June, Miss Moonshine’s restaurant will be open for dinner from 5.30pm till late, Tuesday to Saturday (with the hope of soon being open from 7am, seven days a week, offering breakfast and lunch as well).
130 Ponsonby Road
(09) 360 4075