25 August 2011

Hippo Creek Meat and Wine

One thing we like about the Perth Entertainment book is that it allows us to find out about new places that we would not otherwise have known existed. Hippo Creek Meat and Wine in Subiaco is such a place. Having enjoyed eating at the Hippo Creek in Hillarys a while back, we jumped at the opportunity to use the 2 for 1 offer at the Subi restaurant .

The decision to go was a late one. I called Hippo Creek Meat and Wine at lunch time on a Saturday hoping for a booking for that evening. I was told that they were fully booked but that we could go onto a waiting list and would get a call back by late afternoon if there was a free table. Within 1 1/2 hours I got a call back to say that there was a table available between 6-8pm which was perfect as we had hoped for an early booking.

The restaurant is set off from Hay street and would not be easy to find if you were casually walking down the road. The parking available there has numerous restrictions and charges, so we looked for and found some free parking on a side street closeby.

Upon entering the restaurant we were promptly taken to our table. The decor is very tasteful and its obvious that money has been spent on the fit out. The lighting is low, not dark, and very suitable for a romantic dinner.

The menu is very informative, with detailed explanations of the mains and sides. For entrée we choose the Garlic and Chilli prawns. For mains I ordered the Pork Spare Ribs & Fries, while Mrs Mac ordered the Certified Australian Angus Beef Fillet with the Two Root Mash and the Monkey Gland sauce.

The entree came out promptly. The pawns were tender and well spiced. There were more than enough for both of us and they whetted our appetites for the mains.

Our mains arrived soon after, with additional steak knives to carve our tender meat. The racks of ribs were huge and piled over a generous amount of well cooked chips. The meat fell off the bone, and the sauce was delicious.

Mrs Mac's fillet steak was thick and juicy, cooked exactly as requested and complemented by Monkey Gland sauce. It was nice to see the sauce put on the side so that it could be used as required. The Two root mash was smooth and velvety with lots of favour. The steak almost looked lost on the plate, but it tasted delicious and there was more than enough.

After consuming so much meat we somehow found room for dessert! After much discussion we chose the Passion fruit tart with banana ice cream and were told by the waitress that it was a new item on the menu and highly recommended. Indeed, the tart was delightful. The passion fruit gave the tart a real edge and I could eat the banana ice cream all day.

With the 2 for 1 main meal offer from Hippo Creek Meat and Wine this meal was a really good deal. The service is spot on, the surroundings are nice and the food is excellent. We will definitely go back here again for a steak night.


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