Cuisine: Latin American
Location: East Perth, cnr Adelaide Tce & Victoria Avenue (opposite The Duxton)
I have a more recent food review of Public House Kitchen & Bar here.
I was fortunate to receive an invite to Public House Kitchen & Bar’s one year anniversary. Can’t believe its been a year already. Time flies. The theme of the night was exploring different South American cuisines by giving everyone a passport to visit each of the “countries” offering food and drink. At the end of the night, you have to choose one country you thought offered the best cuisine. Not being a drinker took half the fun out of it but there’s still the food side to enjoy.
Peru – Clasico Ceviche
The ceviche presented a nice large fleshy piece of fish that has been tenderised by the acidic juices and provided soothing summer flavours. There’s just enough firmness in the fish to keep its shape and know you’re eating fish. Sometimes when I’ve eaten ceviche the fish is cubed, sometimes in really small cubes, and it kind of feels like mush. It depends on the type of texture one wishes to create – soft and smooth or something kind of the opposite. This had a different mouth feel texture wise but still tasted good. I think the small cubed version presents more of a freshness in your mouth.
Ecuador – Deconstructed Chocolate Tart, Popping Candy, Praline
Ecuador served up a deconstructed chocolate tart with an element of interactivity. Choose a tart and choose your toppings before pouring over thick rich chocolate ganache. Chocolate pleasure all over. I chose freeze dried raspberries, roasted nuts, and chocolate coated popping candy before pouring over the oozing chocolate ganache. So delicious and typically Ecuadorian – you can see the chocolate being embodied carefully in this dish. I didn’t wait till the end to try dessert, why not jump second dish in? I have no regrets.
Brazil – Lamb and Goat’s Cheese Pastel
The lamb and goat’s cheese pastel is Brazilian street food. The deep fried pastry with tender lamb and goat’s cheese was superb – I could just keep on eating this. The lamb is really tender with it’s flavour just shining through. The goat’s cheese melted in to a gooey mess which is so enjoyable. And then deep fried pastry encasing this parcel of heaven – soft flaky pastry that is amazing. I loved this dish and it had my vote early in the piece.
Argentina – Pork Asado, Salad, Chimmi Churri
The last station of the 4 countries to visit and get stamped was Argentina. Argentina offered very golden browned cubes of roasted potato in a salad, a mustard cream type coleslaw, and pork freshly carved from the rotisserie with chimmi churri. I think this station had an advantage with the number of different elements and it clearly won out in the end to my mind. The roasted potatoes were unbelievable. Nice and crispy with soft potato inside, still keeping it’s crispness despite being in a salad which was also interesting in itself. Kind of like a salsa with sliced green olives providing a touch of saltiness and plenty of flavour to offset the slight richness of the roasted potatoes. The coleslaw type salad was also excellent with a slightly creamy texture and a touch of mustard giving it a bite. The rawness of the red onion was a little jarring at times but the acidity of the apple provided a fresh and cleansing effect of sorts. Now for that star – the pork. Tender juicy succulent pork that just melts in your mouth. Amazing!. The chimmi churri is really interesting in that the sauce kind of disappears leaving behind the herbs which are lovely with the pork. But its the acidity that the chimmi churri stamps upon the pork which adds a unique flavour and makes the pork all that more enjoyable. A fantastic dish that showcases several different flavours that are so different to what one normally experiences, and yet, they all tie together superbly complimenting each other. It gets my vote but the other dishes were really enjoyable too. And this us just a taste of what the chefs offer here.
See my prior blog posts:
Food Review of Public House Kitchen & Bar – Mar 2014
Food Review of Public House Kitchen & Bar – Apr 2014
Public House Kitchen & Bar Restaurant Details
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