We went to the Bathhouse on a cold drizzly Sunday afternoon and received a warm welcome from the waitresses who seated us. The Bathhouse used to be a set of changing sheds for bathers in Queenstown Bay, which means that everything is very compact, and most of the wall space is windows. This gives it loads of natural light and great ambience, and means the chef is working in a tiny alcove in a corner of the dining area. Open kitchens are great because you get to see your meal being cooked right in front of you, although I feel sorry for the chefs, who probably have to curtail their banter for the sake of customers. So, the Bathhouse ticks a few boxes in terms of atmosphere. It’s unique, has obvious history, is on a winning location and is nice and open on a hot day, yet cosy on a cold one. They’re winning all round here. A warm welcome goes a long way for hungry, hungover reviewers, and the service kept up high standards throughout our extended stay. Usually the dinner menu doesn’t start till 5pm, and we arrived at about 3pm, leaving us with only a tapas menu to choose from. Saying we were
To start we got the prawn and chorizo tapas ($11.50). This was pretty much a taste sensation with the chorizo adding a nice spicy kick. After this Chicken Cannelloni ($29.50) and a Prime Beef Fillet served with truffled potato mash, blue cheese mushrooms and red wine jus ($35.50). The chicken cannelloni was great, a smooth, creamy sauce, set off well with a nice sharp parmesan. The only gripe from my dining
Since our last review service has ramped up at the Bathhouse, and the food was great. It’s a reality that hospo in general has a big staff turnover, and that’s probably exacerbated in Queenstown, which has a huge transient population. The Bathhouse has such a winning location that all the other standards have to be set to match it – that has been achieved quite nicely.
Sweet: Sticky date pudding.