Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street, 1010
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2/05/2012 @ 12:00 a.m.
Whenever we are in Queenstown I eat at that Botswana Butchery as the location, food, wine and service are all worth the money. However, our first experience at the Auckland restaurant has made me not want to eat at a BB again.
We were at the restaurant with friends who were celebrating a very special occasion and we started by ordering a bottle of Champagne to get started. As we started into the bubbles the waitress informed us that the dining slot was only two hours and we would only have enough time to fit in two courses, although the website states "Botswana Butchery is all about relaxed, fun dining in a premium atmosphere"
The entrees were reasonable but the duck rolls were no more exciting than our local Chinese takeaway and a bit dry, but with the premium price tag.
For my main I ordered the venison and asked the chef to prepare as he chooses and I was surprised it came out well done, which was my fault for not being specific, but a surprise to have a top chef prepare venison well-done (deliberate or not).
As we came to the end of the mains a different waitress attended and checked if our meals had been OK and offered a free desert as a replacement (hint, best to check people are happy with their meals early in the piece, but I was thankful for the offer nonetheless).
As we had already overstayed our time limit and been disappointed we decided to take our desert bill to another restaurant, where we enjoyed an unhurried evening - $250 Botswana Butchery did not put in their till.
Recommendation: if you are going to pay fine dining prices than go somewhere like French Cafe, The Grove, Merediths, Clooney or Euro
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