After being in Queenstown for years and never been to Pogs for a meal, I can honestly say it feels like I’ve I’ve discovered a not-sohidden treasure that was sitting right beneath my nose.
We went there on a cold Sunday night, which coincided with a friend’s birthday, and had an absolutely awesome time.
The place was busy and buzzy right from when we walked in. It was pretty packed, so we only had the choice of a cramped small table but were eventually able to work our way to a fireside table.
The murmur of other punter’s conversation, a mix of eclectic tunes and the general buzz were all spot on, and after such a great experience – and after being made aware of Pog’s regular specials – I can definitely say I will be back.
We were a trio, and as one of us had had amassive birthday lunch, she was not so hungry, which left room for the other two to get down to some serious eating. We started off with nachos ($12 for one to two people), which were great. A big serve with everything you expect. Nachos are so simple you’d only really comment on something that was amiss but everything was as it should be.
For mains the hungry went for stone grill platters.
I went for the Surf and Turf ($34.50) which had a 200g prime beef rump with scallops and prawns – and a choice of any two side dishes. This was major bang for buck and letting everything sizzle away on the hot stone as it is served to you means you’re basically letting everything cook to your own satisfaction. I went for the mixed salad and steamed veges as side dishes, and the creamy whisky sauce. You will not leave hungry, and have a taste sensation while your eating, hence the 10 out of 10 rating here.
Alex went for the tasting plate ($37.50) which had a prime beef rump, lamb rump, chicken strips, scallops, king prawns and a choice of two side dishes. With so much food there’s plenty to share, and the standard was top quality too.
Our dining companion had the Caesar salad ($18). She liked the tang of anchovies and eventually got through it. Again a Caesar salad is hard to stuff up and everything was as it should be here too.
Our waitress was completely onpoint. She took our orders by memory, had a good chat and informed us of Pog’s weekly specials without any kind of ‘hardsell’ vibe. The bar tenders were great for chat too, and shifting us to a fireside seat when it came free was no hassle at all. There were quite a few Irish staffers too, which always adds the authentic touch for an Irish pub. Top points for everyone involved here.
Feels like I’ve been missing out as a regular here. Time to get down there on a regular basis for great food, great service and great vibe. Definitely get down there this winter and judge for yourself.