We have just finished the most delicious takeaway ever. Not only was it delicious, it also fed us for two nights, and if we hadn't been so greedy (and it hadn't tasted so nice), we'd have had lunch (sandwiches) out of the same serving too.
Friends, Amanda & Paul, (who also have a 5th-wheeler), told us about Pedros 'at the bottom of the hill' in Queenstown and how if we did nothing else while in town, we had to try Pedros lamb. The 'hill' is the gorge road that runs from Arthurs Point- where we staying at the moment- down to the shopping centre in Queenstown.
So after a day out shopping and doing errands I called into Pedros on the way home to pick up their famous baked lamb shoulder with scalloped potatoes.
Pedro, a Spanish restaurateur had a very popular and iconic restaurant in Christchurch before the 2011 earthquake. Sadly, not only did he loose his restaurant and home in the 'quake, he also lost his son.
After the 'quake he opened a takeaway where he sold just one dish- his signature slow-cooked Spanish-influenced lamb shoulder and scalloped potatoes. And from there, he hasn't looked back, opening a Queenstown branch not long afterwards. I've heard that he sells out often and some nights can sell over 100 takeaways. Pedros can also deliver. What an awesome concept, especially for busy families or tourists in motorhomes; just add vegetables and you have a lovely roast dinner....or two!
Here's our 'takeaway'- $45 for the tenderest baked shoulder of lamb, with 'melt in your mouth' meat that fell off the bone, surrounded by tasty juice and tender scalloped potatoes. Aside from the tender meat, the knuckle meat was pure heaven and the crispy skin divine! And with a shoulder or leg of lamb at the supermarket priced between $35 and $55 depending on the size I think it's pretty good value.