MADAM WOO

14.5/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Central Otago -

Owned by Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton of Rata, this Queen­stown eatery was the first of four Madam Woos to open around the coun­try, and it’s a great spot – buzzy at­mos­phere, well-thought-out, on-theme decor and a fun drinks list. Malaysian hawker food is the name of the game, which means big, punchy flavours – think Kum Heongstyle soft shell crab with crisp curry leaves, dried shrimp, gin­ger and onion, or Chi­nese five-spice-braised tofu with mush­rooms, chilli and fried shal­lot oil. Flavours are au­then­tic and well-bal­anced, thanks to Malaysian-born head chef Jane Yeong and her team. Wait­staff are friendly and knowl­edge­able and there’s an ex­ten­sive and ex­cel­lent by-the-glass wine list – men­tion must go to the amus­ing but help­ful de­scrip­tions un­der each en­try – plus plenty of great cock­tail and beer op­tions to boot. 5 The Mall, Lower Bal­larat St, Queen­stown, ph: 03-442 9200, madamwoo.co.nz/queen­stown

Malaysian street IN BRIEF food in a fun set­ting

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