5am in the morning and I woke up thinking, I want to blog about Third Wave, so here I am! Haha.
I visited Melbourne a few weeks ago and tried so many delicious foods, and this particular restaurant carries a beacon in my memory.
I must say, Third Wave, Prahran was tricky to find so when you go, and if you get lost like I did, just pop into the mall nearby and ask someone and they will point you in the right direction. I remember I said to the shopkeeper, "hi, do you know where Third Wave, the American BBQ restaurant is? And she immediately said and I quote "Oh you mean the popular one? It's just around the corner!" I wasn't even sure if it was the right one at that point cause she didn't know the name of it, so I was interested to see if I agreed with this statement!
First of all, when I entered, I was pleasingly greeted by a really bubbly and sweet waitress! The funny thing is she's a vegetarian and I remember saying to her...you're a vego working here? ;) hahahaha. And then she showed me their Vegetarian Menu, and I was stoked at how many options they had! (I can't remember so its better you check their menu online!). To add to that, they even had a Breakfast Menu, with a yummy looking baked eggs dish!
I also got to meet the Head Chef Ryo Kitahara, who I let order some dishes for me haha I had a feeling that I could trust his judgement :P
I noticed that though the restaurant looked a lot like a cafe, very spacious and modern, with lots of dark wood- something I particularly appreciate! It was homey. Not long after I ordered my food, out zoomed a....
My Pulled Pork Slider! Ryo chose this slider and though I am quite indifferent to pulled pork, I was surprised to find that suddenly I was thinking, wow I like this. Can you just imagine, the juiciest 12 hour slow cooked pork with spices, layered on a soft seedy bun generously slathered with freshly made tangy coleslaw and pickled cucumber and mustard. What I particularly loved about this, was that when I bit into it, it was smoooth so like everything welded perfectly together. For me, that is pivotal in how I enjoy my burgers.
I wanted to try this, Smoked Salmon. It came out on this beautiful blue plate, it was like a fish swimming in vast blue ocean!
Haha anyway, it was smoked using Apple wood, and the texture was the silkiest smoked salmon I have ever tried! Two guesses what pot of sauce is? :P
Ryo surprised me with another dish, well a side of Grilled Mushrooms. They were cooked in what tasted like a teriyaki sauce but with a slight difference- not quite sure what it is but it was super yummy. It got a bit too sweet for me in the end though so I couldn't finish it but would definitely order it with a group of people.
And then came a wooden plank of meats. Squiggled the meats around for the more flattering shots :P
The back one was traditional Southern Pork Ribs rubbed with dry spices. It comes served with 2 different BBQ Sauces - Que You Spicy BBQ and Apple Bourbon.
And this fatty delicious giant bone of meat was the Beef Ribs! It was so smokey and cooked with a special kind of wood, I actually had to research it before typing it in and this is what I found:
Hickory wood-"Ideal for the strong traditional smoke flavour that goes well with beef, ribs and chops"
Haha pretty interesting is it not? Heh.
Anyway, this beef rib was phenomenal. My favourite dish of the day and on par with my favourite beef rib in Sydney which is saying a lot cause I am picky :P Why was it so good? The texture. It was soooo tender, and not even in a fatty way so it was a great balance. I particularly loved the charred caramelised skin and that sweetish flavour I don't know what they used to cook it but it was amazing....mmm I am craving it now.
I was given a couple of sauces on the side, there was BBQ, tomato and horseradish! I tried the beef with a bit of horseradish but preferred it natural ;D
Let me introduce.....Ryo! I had so much fun talking to him. I really respect his journey to becoming the Head Chef at Third Wave and interestingly enough he used to work in Sydney!
Then came my desserts.
Again, my love for those blue plates rekindled with a little extra!
There was a very delicate slice of Pecan Pie that came with a beautifully mango shaped dollop of Espresso cream and Vanilla Ice Cream. That cream.
But what I enjoyed even more was the Key Lime Pie. Holy smokes this was the yummiest key lime pie I have ever had. It was chilled, zesty and tasted like magic. I say, go try NOW if you can!
Overall, I was really impressed by the service, food and feel of the restaurant. Homey, laid back, a little quirky just how I like it. A special thank you to Ryo for cooking me this wonderful meal, I really appreciate everything! I also what to thank the owner Greg who so generously invited me here and for that I am so grateful.
I will definitely be back on my next visit!! :)