In Queenstown for a bit of a break with She-Ra. I got some suggestions on where to eat from some whanau members and they mentioned Blue Kanu. I also checked them out on TripAdvisor and discovered they are the second highest rated restaurant on the site at the moment. Blue Menu is a fusion Polynesian eatery. It is rather dark inside and booking is a must. We managed to walk in but we had to eat at the bar which was actually fine for us and actually a lot more entertaining as we were entertained by the bartenders.
Mt. Cook Salmon Poke, Wakame, Popcorn Furikake
I was impressed with the plating of this dish. It looked really good and something I wanted to immediately dig into. The salmon poke was really nice and fresh with hardly any seasoning or none that you could taste the raw salmon. Loved the Wakame (seaweed salad) which went really well with the salmon. On the dish was also prawn crackers and some deep fried root vegetable which added texture and crunch. Overall a really nice dish and highly recommended.
Golden Shrimp, Puffed Rice, Chilli Mayo, Togarashi
A very deceiving dish as it is served in a smallish bowl and also very yellow. However, this was a really nice dish that I could have eaten two of these. The prawns were cut into smaller pieces and had a slight chilli kick to them due to chilli mayo. Also, the puffed rice (rice bubbles) added no real flavour but added extra texture to the dish. The chilli mayo was good and was also used in the poke bowl. She-Ra thought of the odd idea of putting some wasabi with it and it made the dish so much better. Yummy!
Kung Pao Duck Wonton Nachos, Whipped Goat’s Cheese, Avocado, Pineapple Salsa
Wow! A very nice and interesting fusion dish. The duck was nicely cooked and slightly pulled and very tender. It was slightly too flavoursome buy itself. However, it works really well with the other elements on the plate. The deep fried wontons were nice and allowed the duck to shine. The goat’s cheese was really good, as was the pineapple salsa. I also thought I tasted coconut cream which added a nice touch to the dish.
I can see why this restaurant is so popular. The food is really nice and the service was fantastic. When you sit at the bar you also get entertained by the bartenders which was fun giving us numerous riddles and little tasks to work out. I would have loved to go again, but there were other places to try during our short stay in Queenstown.
Website: Blue Kanu
Address: 16 Church St, Queenstown