Hello my dear readers :)
I usually have a system whereby I blog about restaurants in order of date visited, as I find it easier to keep track of all my adventures. Once in a while however, a restaurant will completely blow my mind thus warranting a priority post which is exactly what happened two nights ago.
Once upon a super chilled Friday night, I had dinner with Tams at Green Peppercorn, a Thai Restaurant located in Civic Hotel on Pitt Street, opposite World Square, Central side. Reason for the specifics is that I remember a few weeks ago after work, I went to check out their Monday Special- $1 Pad Thai between 5-7pm, which came little white boxes! I ended up ordering 10 of to bring home to my family! Anyway, I ended up getting a little lost looking for it, eventually realising that I had to enter via the Pitt Street side and go up a flight of stairs.
I happily climbed those stairs again and finally I arrived for a much awaited sit down dinner!! You see, I had been perving on a lot of their delicious looking eats online and I was suuuper excited to try everything!!
I actually got there early, so after asking for did a bit of exploring around the restaurant and ended up in the bar area which was seriously funky and rustic- there were potted plants, fairy lights, barrels, chilled music and in particular I was fascinated by what I believe was a cute samlor- a cycle rickshaw!
I remember when I went to Bangkok, Thailand a few years ago, I saw these on the streets, but more commonly I saw Tuk Tuk's (pronounced "took-took"), which are auto rickshaws. I actually sat it in a Tuk Tuk- it was decorated with rainbow streamers, gold tinsel and I vividly remember large bells hanging off the mirror, jingling happily like our driver! It was such a fun experience :D
Earlier, I had requested a certain type of table and the super helpful gentleman managing seats assured me that he would find one! Within 10-15minutes he brought me to what was the best table I could have hoped for! It was breezy, spacious aaaand secluded. My favourite. Funny thing is, all night, Tams and I were trying to figure out where the breeze was coming from and though we had many hypothesis' , we are yet to solve that mystery haha.
I was perusing the menus and was quite amazed at their variety of DESSERTS!!! Haha okay their savoury too but holy macaroni their DESSERTS!!!! Here, you can see for yourself!
Riiight? They even have sundaes!!! I was already concocting plans to come try them on a different occasion...heh.
Something I have noticed more recently, is that after a long hectic week at work, I really appreciate a delicious meal and just chilling out, and I love doing that with Tams! :D I was zoning out when Sarah, the wife of one of the owners of Green Peppercorn, decided to tempt me with this beautiful but evil hunk of crispy pork. Okay back story...
So while I was chilling at the bar, I met Sarah and she was recommending dishes and she was like Elena, you HAVE to try the Crispy Pork Knuckle, it is amazing, so on and so forth to which I replied mmmmmm my friend is a vegetarian. She was like have it on your own! Hahahah I seriously contemplated it but decided I wanted to stick with Vegetarian, but surely pocketing a little reminder to come back and try the pork knuckle another time...:P
Soon after, Tams arrived and we got cracking on our choices for the evening!
First up, we got cococoococoonut cocktails! This peculiar coconut was like hey gais, weddep, I'm totes filled with delicious coconut juice, Malibu, pineapple juice and lychee...mmmmm I'm just chillin.
Then our dishes pretty much came out all at once :O
First there was the Pad Kapao, a Chilli Basil and Garlic Vegetable stir fry! The sauce was super tasty, love basil, and the veggies were nicely cooked, with broccoli, carrots and beans still in tact and crunchy! We also got the dish spicy as we did all of our dishes!
This was the Nem Khao, a Crunchy Rice Salad mixed with shallots, chilli, kaffir lime leaves, peanuts and mint leaves chilling out in ice berg lettuce cups! This was so awesome- there were chunks of crispy rice scattered throughout the delicious mix, the kaffir lime leaves gave it a delicious aroma and the whole dish was just so damn tasty! I squeezed lemon over it which made it even more flavoursome! This was definitely my favourite savoury dish of the evening :9
What is this you ask? This was the Soop Ma Pi, a very special Banana Flower Salad that is essentially thinly sliced banana flower tossed with crispy chicken, spices, coconut cream, shallots and cashews! I have noticed that it is only sold at some Thai Restaurants, the more authentic/native ones in my opinion! It is one of my favourite Thai dishes, and I always order if I see it on the menu. This one was typically very yummy- not the best that I have had, as I like the salad to be more gluggy, saucy with all the shreds stuck together, but it was still very yummy! I particularly loved the copious amount of crispy chicken slices (hidden admist the heap of banana flower)- kinda salty, peppery and super tasty!
We also got a Vegetable Pad Thai, which I can't seem to find the photo of....but I assure you, it was a solid Pad Thai- the noodles were nice and bouncy and the flavour was very authentic! Tam's really liked it!
Tams enjoying a sip of her super cool coconut! :9
After eating and feeling super stuffed from our mains..we decided to wait a while and digest before ordering desserts. So when the moon rose, and the horrendous waves of fullness ceased we whipped out the dessert menus we had carefully stashed away, and made our choices. Let me just say, it was not easy as there were so many choices, however, I definitely wanted to get the Deep Fried Apple Pie, yes FRIED APPLE PIE, and after much contemplating, decided to get the Pandan Waffles for our second dessert! It was so exciting!!!!!
The Deep Fried Apple pie came first, chillin in a sea of apple custard and topped with a hefty scoop of coconut ice cream which was then topped with three caramelised apple crisps. Yep those crisps were delicious.
I have always loved apple pie but with ice-cream, there's just something about warm pie crust...warm filling...contrasting the cold ice-cream.
Green Peppercorn's version didn't have the usual thick biscuity crust but a pastry crust instead, in fact, it reminded us of the apple pie at maccas, but with deliciousness x 10.
My dear readers, imagine this- super light, crispy and flakey pie stuffed with oozy warm cinnamon, apple and raisin filling that is deep fried so that it has this amazing flavour...mm it was kinda like a toasty, lightly burnt/caramelised aroma which we concluded must be the result of the apple pie being fried!
For me, ice-cream is really important, like I hate that icy/cheapo ice cream that some places use! Here, the coconut ice-cream creamy and fragrant and what I did was do the three tier combo- I spooned from the ice-cream down to the custard haha and it was epic.
Definitely my favourite dessert of the evening, in fact it has just joined my top ten desserts list!
Then came our second dessert, the Pandan Waffles topped with pandan sauce and caramelised coconut granola. There was also a side of vanilla ice-cream and for good measure, I asked for a side of coconut granola, reason being that I had tried these before at a different Thai restaurant and they were darn delicious :9
When we dug into the waffles, we felt a bit confused as they were very soft, I mean we were just cutting into them super easily with our spoons! I would say they tasted more like...a dense pandan chiffon cake. I would have preferred a crispier waffle, but that's just me! Everything else about the dish was awesome though, the coconut granola was exactly as expected and as we piled our spoons with waffle, coconut granola and vanilla ice-cream, we were like yuuuuuuurrrmoos, come hither another spoonful of yuuuumooos.
Tams actually wasn't too keen on pandan from past experience, so when I suggested this dish she was hesitant, and I was going to get something else but she wanted to give pandan another chance, so we ordered it...aaaand she said she liked it!
All in all, it was such a beautiful meal, Tam and I even had that AHA! moment when we were eating- that moment when we try a new restaurant's food and simultaneously realise the food is AWESOME! There is only one other restaurant that we felt that way about :)
I just want so say a special thank you to Sarah and for the excellent service from the staff! I will be back for that pork knuckle aannd everything else haha! We happily rolled out of the restaurant and went for a lovely walk around the harbour...I love night life!
Yours truly and appreciatively,
Craving Spoonfuls of Wanderlust...