It was not a sunny Sunday.
With a six-month old baby joining us for her dad’s birthday lunch, the thought of having to drive to the city and walking in the rain to The Crab Shack at the Viaduct was a dread. I was sort of hoping they would decide to go elsewhere. Not knowing what to expect when we arrived at my daughter and son-in-law’s home, we were glad when they decided to go to another venue instead.
The choice was Miss Moonshine’s at Ponsonby where we could get a covered underground car park and take a lift up to the restaurant without having to get wet.
Miss Moonshine is all about wood smoked, slow cooked meat inspired by the pit masters of the American barbeque scene.
There were four of us plus a baby. The ambience was nice and cosy. Service was pleasant and attentive.
We ordered a total of eight plates and had a shared meal. Drinks were a glass of beer, two cocktails and a cup of cappuccino.
The starters were Crispy Chicken with Blue Cheese Sauce and Bao with BBQ Pork and Kimchee. Although I am not at all into pork, that bao was nice with the burnt end of the pork and kimchee, a taste with a difference.
The remaining order from the starter menu was a Fish Ceviche which came along with the meats ‘from the pit’. Beef short ribs, Pork Belly, leg of Lamb, accompanied with two sides, Moonshine Slaw and Pig tail fries.
Miss Moonshine has her own BBQ and Hot Sauce which was extremely spicy so I would not recommend as the meats were already beautifully seasoned the way they were served.
Although I tend to have a liking for salty food, I do find most of the dishes a bit on the salty side. My favourite was the Pork Belly (again as mentioned, I am not a great Pork eater). The seasoning was beautiful and the dishes were not all that fatty. The Beef short rib seems to be also another favourite of the group.
The toilet was baby friendly too. Overall, it was a pleasant venue for a family meal. A place to come for nice exotic meats ‘from the pit’. Cost was a bit on the high side at $215 for four people.
On Zomato’s scale, my rating is 4 out of 5 for Miss Moonshine’s. That’s quite a happy rating from a satisfied diner.
UPDATED 2/8/2018 – We visited Miss Moonshine’s for dinner tonight. The place was warm and vibrant on a Thursday night. The menu has been changed so there were not as many varieties as previously. Nevertheless, the food and service were good and friendly though the price tag was a bit high around $150 for two. We had a lamb rib, tomahawk, kumara, mash, apple pie and two glasses of wine.
My Zomato rating reminds the same. A nice place to dine for a treat or occasion.