This time we decided try there lunch as they have this cheap lunch menu of 3 courses for $30 which I thought was quite a good deal and value for money. I was expecting this place to be packed, but it was not. There were only two other tables occupied, mind you we did arrive fairly late for lunch.
I wanted something for the a la carte menu, but Mr Wasabi wanted the same thing. I prescribe to the fact that we should always order something different so that we can try as many things as we can.
Pan Fried Blue Cod, Diamond Clams, Escabeche, Saffron & Fennel. Was beautifully presented. However Mr Wasabi preferred my set lunch over this even though he was fighting with me for this dish at the start. which really frustraed me. the blue cod was beautifully cooked, succulent and nicely seasoned with the help of the garnishes.
3 Course Set Menu
Amouse Bouche of thinly sliced home made breads – warm, but unsual to have plain bread served, though was welcoming for Mr Wasabi who was moderately hungry.
Chicken Ballotine, Carrot remouladee, Vadouvan spice, roast nuts a & corriander – I have never had a chicken ballotine and I thought trying one at Rata would be one of the better places to have one, as you can always guarantee that Josh Emett will not produce something substandard. If you do not already know a ballotine is basically a piece of meat that is then tied up into a sausage and then poached, braised or roasted. this was actually better than I was expected. Mr Wasabi thought it was pretty good. succulent and nicely seasoned. Before I knew it, Mr Wasabi had consumed most of it.
Lamb rump, Marinated beans, New potatoes and Harrissa – succuent lamb that was stil pink in the middle served with beautiful seasonal vegetabes.
Dark Chocolate Nemesis, pistachios, Whipped Cream & Raspberry Power – was was the most disappointing dish of the set menu. This was basically a lump of cream slapped onto a plate. Underneath the thick layer of cream was a small slither of chocolate cake. This dish was my the least favourite that we had.
The 3 course lunch menu for $30 is definitely value for money and would recommend it if you wanted to go somewhere nice without the price tag. Though to avoid any disappointment I would suggest to make a reservation in advance.
Location: 43 Ballarat Street, Queenstown