At­mos­phere:

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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.

Food:

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.

Ser­vice:

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.

Ver­dict:

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.

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