ADDRESS: 17 Marine Parade, Queenstown
CONTACT: 03 442 6994
Check website for opening hours
MAINS: $35 – 94

SCORE: 17.5/20

There are many reasons this stalwart of adventure-capital dining is almost always full. Walking through the door is like entering a family homestead where winter fires roar, the warmth of wood panelling pervades and the furnishings are classically plush, plus there’s a well-stocked bar. These features combine to make Botswana somewhere to relax and let the well-informed staff take good care of you. The menu overflows with comfort food, all delivered with as much flair as head chef Warwick Taylor and his team can weave into it. It’s unashamedly meat dominant, infused with classics such as a memorable French onion soup, pork schnitzel and – the perennial favourite – venison, a clear signal that local is a keyword in ingredient selection. It’s a long menu designed to ensure everyone, including the kids, finds something to tempt them. Portions are generous and its straight-up, cosmopolitan approach ensures Botswana’s year-round popularity is well-deserved.

IN BRIEF: No one leaves hungry


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