The Queen Of Jackson, Petone- I wish I had food photos. I wish you could see all the food and all the lovely things. You would need to smell it and see how each dish varied. BUT….
I didn’t take a single food photo and I can’t show you anything, You will have to take my word for it. I was too busy chatting and having a mighty fine beer or two. The food was so damn fine. Ottolenghi meets New Zealand fine. I mean that and that is big praise.
On my last trip back to the UK I planned a trip for me and my bestie, we went to London. We stayed in a very lovely hotel and I fulfilled my dream of eating at Ottolenghi. It was lovely and I enjoyed the food. I can tick that one off my list. The food today at the Queen Of Jackson in Petone was easily up there with the Spitalfields experience, if not better.
The occasion for eating there was a bit of an early birthday celebration for me. I invited 7 friends for their set menu, this had finished the day before and we ended up getting a better deal. The new deal is 4 plates for $50 and you leave your table by 7.00pm. Between 8 of us, we had 8 plates and two bowls of fries. It was plenty for a lunchtime and an absolute bargain. The food with the fab beer selection is heaven.
Every dish was delicious and I will be hard pressed to know what to have next time. I am not the biggest meat eater but I ate all the meat. I may even have had my mind changed about pork belly.
The dishes we had were-
Warm cauliflower salad, mint, currants, spring onion, yoghurt
(lovely, how can cauliflower taste like this?)
Israeli couscous, apricot, apple, mint, cumin, baba ganoush
(so full of flavour)
Salt & pepper squid, nam jim dressing
(didn’t try, left it to the lovers)
Pulled pork tacos, bourbon sauce, apple slaw, pickled jalapenos
(delicious, great corn tacos and fab pork)
Chicken karaage, sriracha kewpie, kimchi slaw
(huge pile and so very tasty)
Pork belly, parsnip puree, fried chorizo & pinot noir sauce
(changed my mind about pork belly, that parsnip mash mmmmm)
Spiced lamb meatballs, Israeli couscous, feta yogurt
(so very tasty)
Seared beef tri-tip, french fried onion, habanero mustard
(yum, I finished this one up and scraped up all the mustard)
And two bowl of the Triple cooked hand cut fries, aioli.
(the fries here are always delicious)