Botswana Butch­ery

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SET UP & SITE Auck­land Trans­port is do­ing its best to turn down­town into a grind­ing waste­land and Botswana Butch­ery in the Ferry Build­ing is at the cen­tre of the coun­cil’s game of cones and three cir­cles of park­ing hell. It took an hour to get in from the North Shore, find a park and fi­nally sit down for a cof­fee — at least seven-eighths of that time was spent find­ing a carpark. Our flus­tered thoughts turn­ing to choco­late-sprin­kled cap­puc­ci­nos, we re­quested a break­fast menu in­stead of the lunch menu we were given — and were told break­fast was over. It was 11am. For Botswana Break­fast II, we learned from our mis­takes, took the bus and were seated by 10.30. The seven other din­ers (two of whom were al­most fin­ished) had de­pleted the break­fast menu avail­abil­ity, so we shared one. SUS­TE­NANCE & SWILL Three of us sat down to break­fast, af­ter a teenage sleep­over went into over­time. But no mat­ter how much I in­sisted the in­ter­loper could or­der what she wanted (and didn’t re­fer to her as the in­ter­loper to her face) she in­sisted she only wanted hash browns ($4). The lit­tle browned cubes of mashed, sea­soned and fried potato that came on a white ob­long plate kind of summed up the rest of the menu: done well with a touch of orig­i­nal­ity that saw the del­i­cacy in the dull. My gen­er­ous slices of smoked Ste­wart Is­land sal­mon ($19) ar­rived hid­den un­der green salad, av­o­cado, and crisp ap­ple. The poached egg could have done with a lit­tle more cook­ing but the mix of flavours pro­vided a well-bal­anced and light break­ing of the fast on a sunny Sun­day morn­ing. And Miss 16 sur­prised us all by or­der­ing what turned out to be a huge plate of healthy gra­nola with fruit and co­conut yo­ghurt ($14). She couldn’t fin­ish it, so the in­ter­loper and I helped her. SER­VICE & OTHER STUFF Stop­ping break­fast ser­vice at 11 is a lit­tle early, es­pe­cially as the web­site says it is on of­fer un­til 11.30am. And a few more menus would be use­ful. Botswana may be suf­fer­ing a lit­tle be­cause of the con­struc­tion zone in which it has found it­self. But its water­front spot in the Ferry Build­ing puts it in the per­fect place for a de­light­ful meal af­ter a pleas­ant har­bour cruise (try a ferry ride from Devon­port). He­len van Berkel

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