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Adelphi Grill - Wagyu Beef Burger & Chips

Adelphi Grill – 15 May 2014

It’s been a long time since I made a visit to one of my favourites which has now relocated and been refurbished. Adelphi Grill may be in a new environment but the excellent service is still upheld and the menu hasn’t changed too drastically which is great to see. I went with one of the signatures to my mind – the homemade beef burger. This version is Wagyu and it’s a chunky, dense, tasty patty just lacking seasoning. Along with bacon and melted cheese, some saltiness was provided and the burger was delicious but needed more sauce. I really loved the chips which were crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. With the herbs added for additional flavour, they were fantastic. So some things might have changed but the food is still delicious and the dining experience still pleasant.

Tony Roma's - Baby Backed Ribs

USA, Los Angeles – Tony Roma’s

I would have expected Tony Roma’s which originated in the US to serve far tastier food in it’s home country than that which I have eaten at the Perth location in Australia, however, I was wrong. While the half slab of baby backed ribs were tender and moist, the marinade lacked intensity of flavour, but were saved with the addition of extra sauce provided. The coleslaw was tasty and I really loved their ranch beans which are just like what I’ve eaten in Perth. The onion rings that we shared were also tasty. Overall, a pretty good meal but Perth’s Tony Roma’s serves tastier food but it’s much more expensive.

Hawksmoor Steakhouse - Potted Beef & Bacon, Onion Gravy, Yorkshire Puddings

UK, London – Hawksmoor Steakhouse Air Street

Another visit to Hawksmoor Steakhouse but at Air Street for some more English fare. I experienced the delights of potted meats with an order of potted beef and bacon and another with potted smoked mackerel. The potted beef was delicious and I really enjoyed the onion gravy along with the largely risen Yorkshire puddings. The smoked mackerel was also delicious and partnered well with cucumber, dill and mini toasts. A unique experience trying potted meats, I really like the flavours and textures, all inside an interesting environment.

Hawksmoor Steakhouse - 4 Pancakes, Bacon, Whiskey Flavoured Maple Syrup

UK, London – Hawksmoor Steakhouse Guildhall

Part of travelling is taking in new experiences and the Hawksmoor Steakhouse at Guildhall is one such experience. Located underground in the financial district, you’re taken into a world from a bygone era, a huge open venue, steeped in history, a place where deals have been made and corporate battlegrounds fought. The service is friendly and efficient and there’s lots to choose from on the menu. The fluffy pancakes were as described, soft, light, airy and oh so tasty with plenty of warmed whiskey flavoured maple syrup which isn’t too sweet. The bacon was lovely but far too salty unfortunately, however, with some tart grapefruit juice, this helped to cut through the fat and saltiness. What a meal in a wonderful venue with excellent service for an unbelievable price – a price in Australia that wouldn’t buy half of what I experienced.

Hog’s Breath Cafe – 9 Jul 2012

For around $30, I was able to enjoy a bit of variety with delicious baby backed ribs and a supposedely medium rare steak which was rare and not that enjoyable. The garlic and white wine sauce was not flavoursome and too thick, the Cajun rice was undercooked and hard, the curly chips were lovely and so too the house salad. I was very full with the generous serve and the service was excellent and not short of effort. The venue has an interesting feel to it with plenty on the menu to suit a range of tastes. If they can deliver on taste and cook the steaks more effectively, they would be more popular. Currently, a long way short from their claim of best steaks in Australia. Given my experience, I wouldn’t be rushing back again. Quite an average disappointing meal.

Tony Roma’s – 27 May 2011

As per my last visit, stick with the ribs as it’s their specialty. I really enjoyed my whole meal with the ribs their usual best but some bits a bit chewy, the crumbed and fried prawns were large and delicious, the coleslaw was excellent and I enjoyed the smashed potato. The strawberry cheesecake was solid.

Tony Roma’s – 11 Mar 2011

I found the chicken quite disappointing, especially for the price. The highlight was the red beans in the spicy sauce but you don’t come to a restaurant for the sides. I’m not sure what the other selections on their menu are like with steak, seafood, burgers and pasta to try, but it’s best if you stick with the ribs which are delicious.