Or, reader warning for the squeamish or vegetarian at heart.
Back to the Old Brewery for what is usually a bit of a meat fest, surprise, surprise, it turned out that way. With what has to be Perth’s best list of Meat inspired dishes it’s actually no surprise. Started with what else but Lambs Brains with a Sweet Potato Puree and a Muscatel Jus, would never have gone near any of this when a youngster, would have tried to feed it to the family dog, how things change, nowadays always on the lookout for this delicate, delicious dish that melts in the mouth when cooked just right and this was. This was followed by the Pork 350gm Rib Eye (with crackle) from Plantagenet Western Australia and a side of Roasted Bone Marrow now if the family dog were around she would have been begging for one of these superb morsels of marrow with their jelly like texture and moreish flavour. The pork rib eye was beautifully cooked and tender as. The crackle was a disappointment, my guess is that it was oven roasted and being cooked separate from the meat it ended up crispy but rather tasteless, adding a little more salt and some duck fat would have made a big difference to the flavour. The other Wednesday Wine Club members started with the Crispy Soft Shell Crab with chilli lime sambal, looked divine and a very generous serving to boot, followed by the pork as described above and the 300g Sirloin – 100 day grain fed from Kilcoy Pastoral Company from the South East of Queensland. From their feedback all was above average and the Sirloin got a special mention as the last couple ordered have not been as good as they should have been, especially as one of these come from a Perth Restaurant that usually doesn’t miss when it comes to their beef.
Ordered the Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot 2006 with 5 years age on it, the thinking was this should be drinking well now, it didn’t! We might as well have been sucking on a cigar box as the oak was so overpowering and there was no fruit in sight. It did open up a bit by the last glass and in hindsight we should have requested it to be decanted for later as an hour or so in the decanter would have done wonders. This was followed by a Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ordered by The Gardener, very much a drink now wine. So we got them in the wrong order didn’t we, we should have drunk this one first! Very approachable without being overly fruit forward, avoiding that raspberry cordial flavour and the tannins were well under control. As we keep saying “you can’t go wrong with a Howard Park” good example of a Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that will age but can be drunk now, well done Howard Park.
Looking forward to our next visit, which hopefully wont be too far in the future.