Botswana Butchery

Date night.

After a long week of work there is nothing I like more than to go on a date with Mr Lid.

Its not that we don’t see each other every night, I mean he does sit next to me on the couch, and our couch isnt that big. Nor is it that I can’t see him due to a lack of wearing my glasses- shhh don’t tell!

It is a chance to dress up, and talk, pretend we are exciting people. Not a boring married couple.

Botswana Butchery near the Ferry terminal down town was our destination this freezing winters eve. It was a bit of a last minute thing making a booking at 6pm for 8:30pm that evening. In my books its not the best sign that they had a table for us, but we were happy they did.

We arrived and had a drink at the bar, the wine list is HUGE! In fact the drinks menu is more of a drinks novel and after too much to choose from we chose what we knew a glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus and at $18 a glass we knew their wines were not overly priced so we were happy campers.

We were seated, menus given, and left to read. There was a great selection of starters, so much so that I would have been happy with a selection of these for my meal.

We opted for the Raukumara Wild Venison Tartare 24.95 with capers, cornichons, shallots, crisp bread, free range egg yolk and the Ahi Poke $19.95 which was Yellowfin tuna, avocado, mango, chili, sesame soy dressing, crisp wonton.

Both were lovely to look at but lacked seasoning, after a dash of salt the flavours of the Tuna were lifted, there was crunch, wonderful fresh tuna, zingy dressing it was a great way to start the meal. The Venison how ever was over powered by the capers and cornichons leaving us a touch disappointed.

We looked over the complete mains they all sounded delicious but we thought it best to try what the Botswana Butchery are aptly named after- The Butcher Block, which is a build your own meal menu. You select your meat, a sauce or butter (all $2.5 each) then a side be it vegetable or salad, you could go as crazy as you like or if you are struggling to decide the waiting staff are more than willing to suggest options.

We ordered a 250 gram Wild Raukumara Venison Loin and after deciding on getting the 200 gram Fillet Mignon Savannah Angus Grass Fed I panicked when asked and ended up forgetting this and ordered 250 gram Rump Cap Firstlight Wagyu Grass Fed $35.95.

The Venison at $42.95 better be the best darn 250g of meat we have ever tasted- thankfully it was! It just melted in the mouth, beautifully medium rare and was accompanied by the most obvious choice Red wine Jus which was nice but nothing special.

The Rump cap was suggested served medium was not unlike supermarket meat kinda tough and nothing amazing, the horseradish was lovely and spicy and fresh which was a saving grace.

We ordered two sides to go with out meals, a salad of Beetroot, feta, walnuts, soft herbs, cabernet vinegar, e.v.o.o $8.95- was packed with beetroot, it lacked seasoning which seemed to be becoming a bit of a theme, and Cauliflower cheese, jamon crumbs $8.95, we ordered this without the jamon crumb as we don’t eat pork- it was lovely hot and creamy everything a cauliflower cheese should be.

To accompany the mains we asked the waitresses suggested wine matches as it is nice to venture out and see what someone else recommends. She returned with two glasses of 2009 Rockferry Tempranillo Central Otago $19, it was a lovely mild red but nothing punchy and we were a bit sad that the Venison and Beef called for the same wine. Mr Lid orederd a glass of the 2011 Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir $25 which was spicy almost like a light Syrah, and a glass of 2011 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir $21 which had warm and earthy a lovely red for the Beef.

We were stuffed, the service was attentive yet not in your face, the Restaurant was busy but overly full, the food was good but very expensive for what was almost home cooking meat and veg.

The wine list was AMAZING and well worth another visit to the Botswana Butchery, where next time we will try the pre designed Mains menu.

Over all it was a lovely Date night with Mr Lid, who would have thought, all those years ago when we met that the then vegetarian would take me to a steak house!!

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