Peacock Inn Hotel – Northcote

23 Jul

Peacock Inn Hotel
Northcote
http://www.peacockinnhotel.com.au/

 

My original review for the Peacock Hotel was meant to be a while ago, however due to bad timing (their kitchen closes between 3 and 6) I went elsewhere.

I finally made it back and from memory the menu had not changed at all.

I walked up to the bar and ordered the 400g grass fed rib eye, cooked to a medium rare with their mushroom sauce, pink peppercorn butter and the gravy all on the side. It was served with hand cut chips and salad; standard pub offerings in my opinion.

After a 25 minute wait it arrived and my first observation was the “hand cut chips” were planks.

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I started with one of those and it wasn’t great, not crunchy on the outside and not cooked fully on the inside. I would have definitely preferred normal chips to these.

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I started with the steak next. It began around a medium well, and went down towards a medium in the middle. It was grainy due to the overcooking, and had lost a fair amount of tenderness that a rib eye should carry.

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Both the gravy and mushroom sauce were average and slightly flavourless; it tasted like a gravox packet mix if I’m being honest. The butter however was nice, melted over the steak it created a somewhat enjoyable flavor, and was probably the only reason I finished it. It was charred, seasoned well, with added butter creating a slightly fatty and to some extent a beefy flavour.

 

How well it’s cooked ( laughable) – 4.5

Flavour ( Butter is better) – 6.5

Tenderness ( below average) – 4

Overall – 5

 

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Fifteen pounds – Fairfield

22 Jul

Fifteen pounds
Fairfield

Opposite the Fairfield train station, nestled somewhat unassumingly, is/sits Fifteen Pounds.  I’ve been told to come and try the burger by a couple of people, and I’ve heard rumours that their outdoor garden is quite a lovely place to eat and relax.

One sunny Sunday I decided to put these recommendations to the test. The café itself is nice, modern and refined though still being somewhat rustic.

I ordered the Wagyu Burger, the Chicken Roll, the Veggie Pan Eggs (this wasn’t in my  plan originally, but I saw them come out of the kitchen and they looked fantastic), a couple of hash browns and some sourdough toast with their homemade berry jam.

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The toast, hash browns and veggie pan eggs came out first, and the hash browns were not what I was expecting. They were more like a bubble and squeak, and not really anything like a hash brown in my opinion.

The toast was nice, nothing overly special, but the home made jam was good: sweet and slightly tart with a liberal amount of real fruit in it.

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The pan eggs however were a delight. Soft poached eggs, crunchy kale, sweet beetroot and some chilli. It was a great meal, combining good flavours and textures together.

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The chicken roll came out next, and I honestly wasn’t a fan. Admittedly it was a safe, albeit boring choice, though there is room to do a “classic” well; apart from the fried chicken tenders and the mayo, the whole roll was a letdown. I would have preferred it served up as a dish with a small salad-like side.

Lastly the burger came out, and it looked amazing.

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My friend and I were sharing, so I cut it in half and bit into it, and  it was such a disappointment. The bun was overly dry, the condiments not great and the patty the biggest let down – over spiced and flavoured strangely, it took everything away from the meat.

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The atmosphere and garden at Fifteen Pounds was rather nice, let down only by some second-rate food of their lunch menu. What I ordered from the breakfast menu, however, was worth going back for.

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