Botswana Butchery

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Ferry Building,
99 Quay Street,
Auckland Central

(09) 307 6966

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Reviewer donutsam
Had a working lunch here and really enjoyed it. The menu was quite different to what I had in mind before, and thinking back it did appear a rather odd mix of cuisines. However, I really enjoyed the dishes that were ordered and the service levels were very good considering the restaurant was full. I'm told the steak dishes were great and I enjoyed my duck pancakes - do be sure to order a few sides to ensure you leave full.
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This is my 2nd visit to Botswana Butchery which I will always look forward to, its a great place to go for a celebration starting with a nice wine in the bar, not too many restaurants now days have a totally seperate bar area. Usually there is a lack of space and drinks have to be had at your table.

There is certainly a section on the menu entitled "From the butcher's block" - half a dozen steaks but I chose from the regular menu and had just a main as from learning from my last trip I did'nt manage 2 courses with a big drinking night to ensue. The Slow cooked shortrib, stout and oxtail sauce with caramelised carrot, shallot marmalade, spinach mousse and wild mushrooms was absolutely succulent, moist and fall off the bone delicious. With some sides of beans it was more than enough. I highly recommend this dish.

The handsome, aesthetically eclectic refit - bold lampshades, padded leather walls and sofas on the terrace - makes the most of the sensational setting. But Botswana Butchery is in a part of town where there is pretty stiff competition. So I think they should keep up the good service and the great food as I have heard a few reviews that are not perfect.

A friend we dine with regularly that also chose this restaurant on this particular night loves his steak so I am sure we will dine here many times to come.
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I don't mourn Cin Cin because there is something great in its place - Botswana Butchery complete with whimsical meat-cleaver handles on the main doors. My group of 11 were shown upstairs to our own private area that looked over the water – really quite magical!

I already knew that when I perused the menu again (having already checked it out on the website) that there wouldn't be offerings of pieces of bloody meat on a butchers block. Although a section on the menu entitled "From the butcher's block" did serve great offerings of 'cooked' steak.

I read a negative review from when Botswana first opened and I didn't agree with it at all so I think they have upped their game.

For my starter I chose the Chicken San Choy Bow. It was fresh and tasty, but not quite as perfect as the Vietnamese equivalent as far as authenticity. All starters were very generous.

I enjoyed the Lamp Special although at $45 I thought it was a little extreme considering their regular Lamb on the menu was $36.95 – definitely nothing special about $45. It came with roast potatoes, crispy beans & a lovely jus. It was a knockout be it an expensive knockout! My friends dishes all looked lovely and everyone seemed to enjoy their choices – feedback was all positive.

A few of us had eyes bigger than our bellies and ordered desserts. One of my friends and I couldn't decide on one so we dedcided to share the Lime Cheesecake with wild berry sorbet in a white chocolate soup and the selection of chocolate Petits Fours. The cheesecake was interesting but I could take or leave the Petits Fours, they seemed store bought and nothing special.

The waiter was tentative and knowledgeable, be it a little arrogant. And the handsome, aesthetically pleasing refit - bold lampshades and padded leather walls - makes the most of the sensational setting.
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Reviewer paulus
I had read up a lot on Botswana Butchery a lot before last week's visit with a supplier so was braced for a fairly negative experience judging by the reviews all over the place.
What I did receive however was a fantastic experience and there were certainly a lot of people on this particular visit that seemed to be enjoying the same level of satisfaction.
As the supplier was paying didn't go all out but the Wakanui beef cheek was exceptional - more people should be truing these cuts because they're just so darn good.
It is expensive but it is a dining experience worthwhile. Will be back to Botswana Butchery.
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Reviewer Baz
Overpriced and underwhelming.

There is much better value for money at other restaurants in Auckland than Botswana Butchery.
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Reviewer Lizard
Have been to Botswana Butchery twice now, hoping it would live up to the fantastic reputation set by its Queenstown sister (at which I've had a couple of exceptional dining experiences).

Both Auckland visits have disappointed sorely: service, professionalism, food and atmosphere all lacking. My last visit here was a little over a week ago where I discovered a live worm (yes, you read that correctly!) in a side salad. Now I know these things do occasionally happen, however while the offending dish and my unfinished plate (which I was eating off) were whisked away and another meal quickly delivered - what really astounded was that when it came time for my colleague to settle the bill, Botswana Butchery tried to charge him for the side salad plus my unfinished/inedible meal. The front desk had zero idea this incident had happened.

Absolutely appalling for a "first class" restaurant in Auckland. Definitely would NOT recommend.
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Reviewer Claudia229
After reading so many bad reviews of Botswana Butchery, we were not excepting a great night, but we were pleasantly surprised, by the friendly and helpful staff. We started at the bar, and the drinks were ordered and brought to us very quickly, once they were finish we had the waiter at the table asking if we wanted more. Once we were seated, the wine waiter was very helpful with the selection of wines for the table, and the waitress was excellent with helping us with what was best on the menu. The food was wonderful and the steak was cooked to perfection. The only downside of Botswana Butchery was the price of the sides and the size of them, not really value for money, and $2.50 for sauce or butter on your steak, it should be part of the price. Overall great night.
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Reviewer peachie
This place is such a disappointment. The Queenstown version of Botswana Butchery is great; but this one bears no resemblance other than in name. The service is humourless, unhelpful and SLOW, but that could all be forgiven if the food was delicious. But sadly it is far from it. The menu sounds delicious, but after two visits it seems that overcooked meat is far too common to be acceptable in a place like this, the sides are mean and measly portions, and it's far too expensive for what you get. I wanted Botswana Butchery to work being in such a great spot and with such a good reputation, but unfortunately it doesn't live up to its billing of a high end experience and you wouldn't go out of your way to try it.
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