All posts tagged: dinner

BBQ Time at Old Faithful

On King st near Varnish another one of our dinner and drink favourites you’ll find Old Faithful Bar and BBQ house, specialising in American meats. The set up is almost like an old school canteen, ordering drinks at the bar and food down the end. Want meat? They have it! You can order by the 100g, or go for something simple like a sandwich for lunch, or a platter for dinner. We decided to let them do the choosing for us and got a Rushmore platter for two to which we added chicken wings and crackling. And what a sight it was! The platter came with some sides like this delicious potato salad, and crunchy, tangy coleslaw. And that meat! Cooked and smoked in house for up to 36 hours, low and slow to get that American BBQ flavour with a bit of native Aussie spice. We found the brisket to be a little dry and needing of some moisture, but with a lovely full flavour. The chopped pig was divine, tender, smoky, and with …

Nieuw Amaterdam: Bar and Eatery Melbourne

You’ll find Nieuw Amsterdam on Hardware st in the Melbourne CBD. They’re a bar and eatery with a one page menu and an entire book of drinks to choose from. There’s seating both up and downstairs and the decor a mix of dark woods and cool marble. The name is deceiving, Nieuw Amsterdam actually refers to a Dutch settlement on Manhattan Island and you’ll find the food here has an American flavour. The waiter who served us was both friendly and efficient and was great with running us through the menu. Nieuw Amsterdam is doing what everyone in Melbourne seems to be right now and offering a majority tapas menu with only a few difficult to share dishes. Starving from the flight over from Perth and with bodies confused by the 2 hour jump forward we went for a large selection of foods, we were warned that it was a lot, but we pushed ahead regardless. First to come to the table was a refreshing kingfish ceviche. The flavours were light and nuanced, it wasn’t …

Brooklyn Lounge: New Opening in Claremont

On St Quentins Avenue where Madrid used to be you’ll find the Brooklyn lounge, the newest bar and restaurant in Claremont. They boast a very American menu, and a clientele of bearded, baseball capped hipsters that make you feel like you very well could be in a bar in Brooklyn. The music they were playing was very eclectic, a mix of old school hip hop, modern pop and some bar classics. The service was initially prompt and they were able to accommodate our request for a seat with a back despite being fairly busy. Out first drink to arrive was the Mos Def, it was supposed to be served with bacon but they had unfortunately sold out earlier in the day and hadn’t let us know when we ordered. It’s basically an old fashioned served with maple infused bacon, but without the bacon it was unrecognisable from any other. A good cocktail nonetheless. They forgot to bring our lemon lime and bitters along with it, but when they were alerted to it they fetched it …

La Cholita Bites in Northbridge

We visited La Cholita in Northbridge for some casual dinner. The atmosphere is warm and cozy on a cold night. The staff really went out of their way to provide us with great service when seating us. I’ve still been struggling with a bad back and need to sit on a chair that has lower back support, no stools allowed. Despite there only being tables with stools left they were happy to find to me a suitable chair and move it to the table in no time at all. In our experience its rare to find such service, and even better it was with a smile. The bar is really impressive at La Cholita, but we were more interested in their food on this occasion. We just selected things on the menu that sounded good and they came out as ready. A true test of Mexican food, the guacamole was the first thing to come to the table. It was very fresh with beautiful flavours and creamy avocado. What really blew us away though was …

The Cabin Small Bar

The Cabin is a sight for sore eyes on a cold winters night. It invites you in with the promise of warmth, comfort and tantalising food and drink. The decor certainly fits the mood, it’s warm and homely, just like you were entering a lodge in a snow capped mountain. The fact that you have to climb stairs to get there may or may not have influenced this opinion. Epicness of the journey to its front door aside, the atmosphere was buzzing with a mix of drinkers and diners alike. The menu is very tapas, and we selected a whole bunch of things to sample. Aside from a brief period where something caused a hold up in the kitchen for around 10 minutes there was a steady stream of things from kitchen heading our way. The first dish was the wings. They were sweet and a touch sticky, well cooked and easy to eat, just yum! Our next dish was a Brussel sprout salad, served with an egg on top. As one of those rare …

Miss Kitty’s Saloon

Miss Kitty’s Saloon is an authentic American bar and eatery at the Inglewood end of Beaufort st. It definitely has that saloon feel, it’s like you’ve been transported into the old west. Miss Kitty’s provides you with peanuts to munch on when you arrive. I’ve always enjoyed cracking open the shells to expose the nuts inside. It reminds me of the good old Lone Star days (does anyone else remember this place?) when you could still hurl the discarded shells over your shoulder, and feel them crunch underneath your toes as you walked the restaurant. The food here is designed to share, so we ordered a myriad of things from the menu to arrive whenever they were ready. The first thing to make it’s way to our table was the flat bread with pulled pork and eggplant dip. The bread was fantastic, hot out of the wood fired oven, we could see it happen from our table, and slathered in butter. It pulled apart easily and was soft and steaming in the centre with a …