Up the dramatic black, circular staircase, our eyes meet striking, huge, original paintings. Through the door, we are directed to our leather booth by friendly staff. This is a very busy night, with several long tables of large groups, but kitchen and wait staff are un-fazed.
Ribs are a specialty here and many diners were partaking. Not the kind with tiny bits of meat to be chewed off bones, but looking substantial and tasty.
I ordered the Mussels in Tomato Concasse. I don’t usually like seafood in tomato as it can overpower the milder flavours, but this was perfect. Served with thick, yeasty garlic bread to soak up the slightly chilli ‘soup’ – this was delicious and filling. Should probably be served with a finger bowl though.
Steaks were cooked as requested – sauce on the side and ordered separately – but at least the meat is beautifully flavoured without the sauce and it comes with a few fries or roasted potatoes.
Sirloin Beef salad with olives and parmesan is a usual order for our friend and it is a lighter beef option. She asked for dressing on the side and when it came on the salad, it was promptly taken back to the kitchen and re-served with bare greens and complimentary sauce for her potatoes, all without a frown on beautiful Natalie’s face.
Salmon with dill sauce, was cooked just right and served with salad on the side.
Though not hungry after the mussels, the dessert menu was too tempting and we ordered Lemon Cheesecake to share and friends were tempted by the Trio of Chocolate dessert of the day. Cheesecake had the flavor of lemon essence rather than sour and was alarmingly large, but so light and subtle, we got through it no problem
There are many Queenstown locals for whom dining at Flame is a regular occurrence. Like the neighbourhood Italian restaurant and it has that cosy ‘familiar with half the guests’ feel about it.