Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Grub
Location: Perth CBD, Shafto Lane
Note: pictures below do not do justice to the actual serving size of the meal – they are generous!
I’ve made several trips down Shafto Lane in the Perth CBD but never have stopped by Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub which is always packed with an atmosphere to match. Today, several of my work colleagues ventured here for a time away from the office to grab a meal on a lovely Friday. As is customary before anywhere I go, I had checked out the menu and was confronted with many choices that all looked appealing. I eventually settled on the smoked salmon and prawn penne which came with prawns, onions, capers, and sun dried tomatoes tossed through a creamy white wine sauce and finished with smoked salmon, spinach & feta cheese.
As with pub food, there’s plenty of choice from burgers to steak sandwiches; pizza’s; a few Irish dishes given the pub is Irish such as bangers and mash; and then a range of typical mains such as curries, chicken parmigiana, and of course, steaks. The prices are very reasonable and after everyone had ordered, including a few pints, out came more than generous servings as is typical of most pubs.
Mine was a large generous serving of the dish with plenty of penne, an oh so rich and creamy white wine sauce, plenty of shredded smoked salmon and several juicy prawns, contrasted with the sweetness of the odd sun-dried tomatoes and slightly tart and acidic capers. At first, the first few bites of pasta were quite tasteless with no salt but as I worked through the dish, the lovely creamy sauce enveloped the pasta and prawns. Working to the middle of the dish is where I uncovered large quantities of smoked salmon which shone through, as the first few morsels of smoked salmon were overpowered by the sauce. Despite the very generous serving, I did manage to clean the plate and it was an effort. A very rich meal with the creamy sauce and then the richness of the smoked salmon and prawns. Maybe a fresh salad would have been suitable to cut the richness via the acidity in place of a some of the penne. As I don’t drink, maybe a drinker would have preferred the meal with a dry white wine instead. Nonetheless, I was stuffed and satisfied with the meal. I didn’t eat any dinner.
Food Review Summary
Verdict: I can’t fault the generous serving and the meal was delicious with a lovely creamy white wine sauce adding plenty of flavour. Plenty of smoked salmon and prawns provided the “meat” in the dish with the capers, spinach and sun dried tomatoes providing the contrast to the richness of the meal and the odd chunks of feta. You won’t leave here hungry and if you’re thirsty, there’s plenty a pint to quench your thirst.
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