Mr Wasabi was in charged for booking places to eat while we were in Queenstown this time round as I did not have time, looking after Sweet Pea. The last time we were at The Bunker, we had a delicious degustation menu and what was so good about the degustation menu, was the degustation was not overly expensive.
We were both contemplating on getting the degustation, however since Sweet Pea did not nap well during the day, we thought we should do a quick dine and ordered off the ala carte menu.
Scampi – Fricassee of Stewart Island Langoustine, crab meat, creme fraiche and chervil in a lemon and dill crepe, carrot jus, whole poached No 2 scampi – looked amazing on the plate where this one singular scampi dominated the plate. The scampi was sweet and tender.
Venison – Seared strip loin and braised osso bucco of South Otago Venison , crispy polenta, sauteed beans and almonds, macerated cranberries , spiced chocolate jus was tender and succulent. The venison was perfectly cooked. The only negative thing I would say was the crispy polenta, which I thought was a bit dry and tough.
Lamb – Roast rack of Otago Alpine Merino, Redfoo mash, beetroot duo, crushed peas, mint jelly foat, port wine jus – all I can say is that there was lots of it.
Coconut Rice Pudding – a very heavy dessert, thought I would ordered it as it has been a while since I last had something that I wanted, not what Mr Wasabi would want to eat, as he is not a keen fan on anything nutty that includes coconuts.
Lemon and Raspberry Posset – Mr Wasabit whought it was quite delicious as it was neither too sweet nor rich.
Great atmosphere especially during the colder months, as they have the fireplace going, creating a nice intimate affair. Will definitely return for another degustation menu. I would recommend you make a booking ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Location: Cow Lane, Queenstown