Melbourne Restaurant Reviews: The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Aggy’s Shack (Queenstown, New Zealand)

Cnr Marine Parade and Church Street
Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3 4224076

After we were told that our scheduled skydive had been cancelled, we ended up booking a Shotover jet-boating session at Shotover River at the spur of the moment. After many twists, turns and sharp corners, our appetites were rightfully worked up and so we decided to grab some fish and chips (when in New Zealand, right…?).

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I had heard about Aggy’s Shack on Lorraine’s blog. Having read about her experience with the South Island’s native mutton bird (or as Maoris say, titi bird), a local delicacy, I decided that I had to give it a go. Located right by Lake Wakatipu, the shack is a long jump away from Queenstown’s busier tourist-y streets. During the day, old chap Aggy looks after the kiosk, doing everything from cooking to serving the steady stream of patrons that come and go, occasionally sitting down on the few plastic tables dotted outside the kiosk. Traditional fish and chip staples such as beer-battered fish and scallops exist alongside more unusual offerings like sea urchin and roasted mutton bird.

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You can order a whole mutton bird but we decided to grab half a bird instead; it came with chips and sauce for NZD$15 (AUD$11.90).

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The first thing we noticed about the bird was that it was fatty. Extremely fatty. This was because these birds need to pad on the fat to survive the harsh and cold Southern Atlantic conditions. We also noticed that the flesh tasted very fishy – in fact, more fishy than well, any poultry I’ve ever had. The flesh actually didn’t taste as nasty as it looks but it’s not something I’d be rushing to order any time soon. We just couldn’t get past all the fat and the ghastly cod liver oil aftertaste that lingered down our throats for the rest of the day.

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We also shared 14 green lipped mussels (NZD $12 (AUD $9.52)). They were steamed and served with some rather orange lemons and sweet chilli sauce. Easily the best mussels I’ve ever had – they were so ridiculously fresh and so sweet. I was in Dave Dobbyn’s heaven.

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I swear, my boyfriend is so embarrassing sometimes *face palm*

Despite not being endeared to the mutton bird, I did enjoy my meal at Aggy’s. The food was super fresh and I thought the mussels were out of this world. If I lived in Queenstown, I can definitely see myself popping in for some chips and a piece of fish – preferably one that hasn’t been burped up by a mutton bird.

18 Comments on Aggy’s Shack (Queenstown, New Zealand)

  1. theragingcook
    December 18, 2012 at 18:09 (1 year ago)

    That’s a very D’ thing to do, order Fesh and Cheps and laugh inside when the Auckland waitress repeats my order bahahaha

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    • libishski
      December 18, 2012 at 18:23 (1 year ago)

      Haha Kiwi fush and chups > better than Aussie fush and chups, I have to give them that!

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      • Martypantz
        December 18, 2012 at 21:25 (1 year ago)

        Show us ya titi birds.

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      • Martypantz
        January 5, 2013 at 19:53 (1 year ago)

        YOU piss off, MAAAATE!

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  2. Ames
    December 18, 2012 at 21:13 (1 year ago)

    whoa those mussels…. *drool*

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 18, 2012 at 23:48 (1 year ago)

    I’m so glad that you tried the mutton bird at Aggy’s! Like you, I wouldn’t be rushing to try it again but I’m so glad that I tried it :D

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  4. Neeno
    December 19, 2012 at 07:51 (1 year ago)

    OMG at your bf’s mussel. omg. facepalm indeed hhahaha.

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  5. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    December 19, 2012 at 08:02 (1 year ago)

    LOL The mussel PIC Hahahah Marty is super funny!!! :)

    Oh wow…a fish tasting poultry? I’m not sure that I would be too eager to try ~ but I might still try once when I ever make it to Aggy :)

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  6. Hannah
    December 19, 2012 at 10:40 (1 year ago)

    Well, you’re the one who chose to post the photo ;)

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    • libishski
      December 21, 2012 at 17:38 (1 year ago)

      Haha true, true…

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  7. The Squishy Monster
    December 19, 2012 at 12:36 (1 year ago)

    Your bf is hilarious…I always thought so about mussels too…lol

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  8. Ming @ sweetandsourfork
    December 20, 2012 at 20:38 (1 year ago)

    Really? That last picture, REALLY? I feel dirty saying that those mussels look delicious now.
    Well, you win some you lose some I suppose (though I think I’d call this one a win) ;)

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    • libishski
      December 21, 2012 at 17:38 (1 year ago)

      It certainly was! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. threehanns78
    January 1, 2013 at 21:01 (1 year ago)

    the mutton bird and chups does look really good, would go well with a apple cider or just even appletiser.
    mussels either greenlip or black are always good aslong as theres no hairs :P

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    • libishski
      January 4, 2013 at 14:54 (1 year ago)

      Mussels and cider… mmmm, now you’re talkin’!

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