This newcomer has burst onto the Queenstown dining scene in a big way, with its vibrant, artistic interiors almost as pretty as the surreal lake and mountain views outside. The cocktails are as cool as the menu is hot, with the cuisine termed ‘Polynasian’ – a delicious union of Asian and Pacific flavours. The entrees and mains are designed to be shared, so we kick off with a selection from the Little Dish menu, deciding on crispy Szechuan squid and mung bean salad, steamed bun of char sui park belly with house-made kimchi and crisp taro dumplings of lamb.
From the Big Dish menu, the volcano kona crusted beef cheek with a hot and sour salad of chinese mushrooms, braised red lamb shoulder curry with crispy shallots and the kanu seafood curry with tua tua, green lipped mussels, moon clams, squid and tiger prawns just about finished us off. There’s always room for dessert though, especially when it’s sticky misiluki banana and pudding with house-made coconut ice cream and a sesame croquant. Blue Kanu is something special.