We started with plates of fresh sea food - oysters, mussels, clams and Australian king prawns before tackling the massive antipasto platter featuring local cheeses, cured meats from Queenstownbased Zamora.
I aimed next for the wok selections - vegetable stir fry, a meat curry and my new favourite, Mapo Eggplant. Apparently the Chinese would struggle to recognise this special Queenstown-Bazaar version featuring tofu and Italian sausage mince.
In the meantime, Karl was ordering a slice of three-week aged sirloin, cooked to a mouthwatering medium-rare as he waited and sampling the selection of roast vegetables. The children discovered the battered sea food selection and I saw a magnificent roast pork join the options. Technically speaking it was a porchetta rubbed in harissa. Whatever. It was divine and with crackling to die for.
I didn’t make it near the pizzas, seafood paella or the salads, flanked with fridges full of fresh vegetables options. The options change every night and the chefs will cook to order.
The highlight of the night, was the dessert bar. From a selection of seasonal fruit mousse and crumble varieties in small jars to the ever-flowing soft serve ice cream and endless garnish options - it kept the children (and adults) returning until we could fit no more.