Chamois Bar & Grill – Mt Cook, NZ

Chamois Bar & Grill
Mt Cook, NZ
http://www.mtcookbackpackers.co.nz/en/bar-and-grill

A couple of days after Christchurch we found ourselves in Mt Cook.

If you’ve ever been there you’ll know that there are very few options for dinner out there.

My friend and I decided to share some pork ribs and then get our own mains. I almost didn’t order the steak (rib eye), and thinking back on it now I kind of wish I didn’t.

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There was nothing inherently bad about the steak, but it was undercooked, which is preferable to being overcooked, but I still need to mark it against how I’ve ordered it (which was medium rare). It didn’t taste like anything except seasoning and had I not ordered it and couldn’t see it I wouldn’t have believed it to be beef.

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It came with a couple of sauces, a mushroom and a brandy cream. The mushroom was good and went well with the mash/chips it came with, the brandy cream however was god awful. There is no scenario in which I would ever consider ordering that type of sauce again.

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The ribs on the other hand were exceptional. I would order them again in a heartbeat. The sauce was extremely tasty and had layers of flavour, the portion size was good and the grilling done almost to perfection. The only extremely minor complaint was the meat didn’t come away from the bone as easily as some other ribs I’ve had, but that’s picking at bones.

 

How well it’s cooked – 8.1

Flavour – 3.2

Tenderness – 6.3

Overall – 5.8

 

Mahia St Kitchen – Napier, NZ

Mahia St Kitchen
Napier, NZ
http://www.mahiastreetkitchen.co.nz/

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A few of the groomsparty had a post wedding breakfast in the morning, now I wasn’t sure if I was drunk, hungover, tired or just plain hungry, but I got to the Mahia st kitchen and literally ordered almost everything.

I wasn’t feeling too well when I first arrived, so I started with a bloody Mary. Having never had one before I was deligtfully surprised at the amount I enjoyed it.

Not feeling any better I then went with a long black, along with $75 worth of breakfast. I ordered the sourdough toast with avocado and tomato salsa, the baked eggs, the texas pork ribs, a side of black pudding, a side of bacon and a side of potato croquettes.

This was by far one of the most ridiculous breakfasts I’ve ever had but it was revelatory.

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The black pudding, house made, was delicious.

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The bacon was cooked really well with that slight hint of the smoked flavor that I decided would go well sandwiched with the Sourdough, avocado and tomato salsa, then went for the baked eggs served with Turkish bread to mop up the delicious tomato and spice sauce.

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Finally the ribs, I saved the best for last, and let me tell you they were divine better than most ribs I’ve had recently. The only let down after all of that was the croquettes. They were plain and okay.

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Mahia st kitchen is leading the way in Napier in terms of quality ingredients and well executed dishes. If I’m ever there again I know exactly where I’d be going for breakfast.

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