Monthly Archives: February 2014

Boss Hoss BBQ - Pulled Pork, Corn Bread, Potato Salad

Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 28 Feb 2014

I stumbled upon The Boss Hoss BBQ stall and was intrigued to see what they offered. Their menu presented 3 choices – ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. Whoo hoo pulled pork! I’m a real fan of pulled pork but have yet to come across a version that compares favourably to my travels in the US. The texture, spices, and flavours are important so for $10, with corn bread and a serve of potato salad (or coleslaw if you prefer), I thought why not. The ribs and brisket are other items I’d love to try from the US themed menu. I really enjoyed this snack which is quite filling, more something in between a snack and a meal. Now ribs or brisket next time around?

The Edge Of Sahara - Zgni Meat Curry

The Edge of Sahara – 28 Feb 2014

You’ll be more than welcome stepping into this cosy restaurant with Ezna taking care of you. The menu has a little dictionary explaining some of the terms which are unfamiliar to give you an idea of what you are ordering. I ordered the Zgni meat curry which was like a stew. Plenty of pretty tender chunks of beef in a rich but mild tomato sauce that you can mop up with the sour spongy bread. It tastes really good and is interesting, unique, really filling, and excellent value. The counter also has some interesting goodies but I was too full to take any but I’ll have to leave room next time. I’ve got to come back.

Burger Bistro Pop Up - USA Burger

The Burger Bistro Pop Up – 22 Feb 2014

The site at Beaufort Street for the Burger Bistro’s latest creation is unique, casual, relaxed but still comfortable and cool in the summer heat of the day. I was a guest of the Burger Bistro Pop Up restaurant which has a new concept focusing on prime ingredients with a completely different menu to their other locations, carrying a strong American theme. I ordered the USA Burger and it effectively represented the USA experience with the tart pickles, ketchup, strong flavour of thickly sliced cheese and that unique mustard taste transporting me back to my travels in the US. The slightly sweet brioche bun ties it all together and one can’t go paste the star of the burger, the delicious, moist, juicy beef patty. Along with shoestring fries and the fresh ingredients of the coleslaw shining through in a just coated dressing which isn’t sweet, I was pretty full. However, there’s always room for dessert and the pastry chef’s family recipe of tiramisu was delicious. Soft, light, tasty with the touch of bitterness from the sprinkled high quality chocolate, it was a dessert that once you have one spoonful you can’t stop.

Tony Roma's - Pulled Pork Sandwich

Tony Roma’s – 21 Feb 2014

I was really excited to see pulled pork on the menu so ordering the pulled pork sandwich was an easy choice. However, the sandwich wasn’t what I expected as the tender pulled pork had been covered with the same marinade reserved for the ribs. Masking the true flavour of the pulled pork, I didn’t get the real thing, however, the pulled pork sandwich was delicious. The pulled pork was plentiful, moist, succulent and with the sticky sweet sauce, so yum. I really loved the golden brown chips which required just a little more salt and the coleslaw, albeit a bit too sweet, was tasty too. A really generous and filling meal.

Chik And Kent - Goan Pork Curry

Chik and Kent – 11 Feb 2014

I’m glad I gave Chik and Kent a second go after the tasteless butter chicken experienced on my prior visit. The Goan pork curry for $20 represents excellent value when you consider it’s served with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. The Goan curry carried plenty of flavour and authenticity, the unique mix of spice evident with each mouthful. The curry was enjoyed with the lovely loose grains of rice and the soft on top slightly crunchy on the bottom naan. The tangy balsamic dressing of the salad helps to round off what is a delicious meal offering variety and balance. A sample of India on a plate.

Butterworth Bar & Kitchen - Oysters

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen – 8 Feb 2014

After tasting a variety of what chef, Nick French, has to offer, I was impressed. The meals aren’t too extravagant, yet while the meals are kept relatively simple, they’re clean, are smartly paired with the appropriate elements on the plate, and the dish packs flavour. It’s this deception which hides the cleverness of the creations served in front of you, looking unassuming but waiting to surprise. The entree of chipotle ribs served up plenty of tender ribs covered in a sticky sauce that carried a bite leaving my lips zinging but with a flavour leaving you wanting more. The perfectly cooked lamb rump in that fantastic jus carrying an intense meaty flavour was just superb. There was plenty of jus to be enjoyed and it seeped into the greens adding so much flavour to every bite. The gnocchi presented a nice contrast to the meaty jus, and the cured lamb belly slipped totally under the radar, hidden underneath the rump, gnocchi and greens but tasty too. The dish is quite intense so the duck roasted potatoes were a welcome addition. I loved the crisp outer, encasing the soft fluffy potatoes. A big thumbs up. I really liked the creativity of the dessert, the firm but soft spearmint flavoured parfait providing a lovely refreshing feel to a night of dining. The light airy yoghurt cloud could easily be mistaken for cream, but the slight hint of sourness helps to balance the dish with the mint leaves providing a more noticeable flavour. The slightly sweet and tart strawberries help to balance all the other elements together and it’s such a lovely dessert but so filling.

Chik And Kent - Butter Chicken

Chik and Kent – 7 Feb 2014

Chik and Kent is a small cafe specialising in coffee located inside Cinnamon Club City which is the restaurantI serving Indian fusion cuisine. Both are new having opened in late December 2013. I chose the butter chicken for $20 which came with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. Unfortunately, the butter chicken was tasteless, lacking spice, tomato, sweetness and the typical flavour one expects of butter chicken. It was a real shame as there’s plenty of tender chicken and curry provided, but the curry is just creamy and rich, more on a western style sauce. Maybe that’s what they’re going for. The naan was delicious, a soft bread that pulled apart easily and had a lovely flavour from the ghee. There’s more than a generous serve of food and after polishing off the plate and using the naan to sop up any remaining curry, I was comfortably full. I’d like to come back and try one of their other curries to really see what their food is like. But if you’re after a really good butter chicken, I’d say steer clear based on my dining experience.