Went to Cafe Izone in Burnham while in Christchurch New Zealand recently. They have a mixed menu but specialise in Stone Grill Steaks. Your meat is delivered raw on a smoking hot stone slab and you cook it at the table to your liking. Like I assume most people do I sliced off pieces and cooked them individually while the bulk of the eye fillet continued to slow cook. Our friends Marty and Des (locals) ordered off the menu and their dishes one a grouper the other stuffed chicken looked pretty good too. The service was attentive and good-natured and A bit over $100 for two eye fillets, two desserts and a couple of OJs was pretty good pricing for what we had. The Key Lime Pie was very good.
While it was close…well no it wasn’t. This ,meal was the best of the trip hands down. Paula went with something safe and had the Salt & Pepper Squid but I had to have the Braised Beef Short Rib. That is what Angels taste like I reckon. It was deliciously fall off the bone braised to perfection and the reduced sauce was absolutely fantastic. It was served on potato and kumara mash but the beef and sauce were the stars. The honour of best meal of the trip goes to…Cortado a spot on the foreshore at the end of the main street in Picton, well done guys, well done.
While It won’t earn best meal of the trip this Breakfast from Raewood Fresh Cafe was pretty bloody good anyway. The poached eggs were close to being the star with the mushrooms not far behind. Add the oven roasted tomato and some nice kiwi bacon and it was a pretty good way to break the fast, despite it being eaten at 1.45pm. Paula went for the Buckwheat and Blueberry Pancakes and she enjoyed them too.