Internationally renowned for its superb menu and its spectacular waterside locations (alongside Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown and overlooking the Waitemata harbour in Auckland), Botswana Butchery can now also boast a sumptuous cookbook.
The owners and chefs of the two iconic restaurants have produced a collection of recipes and images that not only share the flavoursome succulent meals championing local produce for which they are so popular, but also evoke the plush yet fun dining environment of both venues, and the unbeatable views.
As the name and the cleaver motif suggest, fine cuts of meat ‘from the butcher’s block’ are a focus, but the diverse range of recipes also includes plenty of delicious options for those who love fish, seafood and seasonal vegetables. Signature dishes like whitebait, whole shoulder of New Zealand lamb and Peking duck are given the Botswana Butchery twist, and desserts are equally sophisticated featuring decadent combinations of chocolate, cream and citrus to recreate at home.
What all the dishes from Botswana Butchery do is delivery a culinary punch that showcases the big bold tastes of new world cuisine.
The highly experience duo of chairman Al Spary and CEO Russell Gray head up Good Group Hospitality, a leading player in the industry that in addition to Botswana Butchery owns Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, White and Wong’s and six other prime-location venues in Auckland and Queenstown.
Classically trained in England, Stuart Rogan has worked in a number of prominent restaurants around new Zealand since moving here in 1999, and was head chef at The Grill at Sky City Grand Hotel before joining Good Group Hospitality in 2012 as group executive chef. In February 2016 Stuart won the Silver Fern Farms Premier Master of Fine Cuisine award for his innovative Reserve beef eye fillet and braised short rib dish.
Botswana Butchery Auckland was named Best Metropolitan Restaurant in the same awards. Not to be outdone, Botswana Butchery Queenstown was recently awarded a hat in the 2016 Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards. It is one of only 31 restaurants in New Zealand to receive a one-hat endorsement.