Soon after we arrived, the apps came out. We were served Curry Vegetable Spring Rolls (pic above) and Breaded House Pickles (pic below). Truth time. I hate curry. I hate the smell so much, I cannot even contemplate eating it. Yes, that does make me the world's worst vegetarian. When we were served these, I tried one, thinking I would loathe it - not because there was anything wrong with them, but just because it had curry. Instead, I really enjoyed them. Made with Yukon potato, green peas, leeks and coriander,The flavours were fresh and the dipping sauce, a mango and sambal olek chutney, was extraordinary. On the other hand, I love pickles. Love. The breaded pickles were also excellent. The outside was crispy crunchy with panko, the inside was tender. The dipping sauce, a buttermilk and dill aioli was also top notch. It was so clear that the dipping sauces were made from scratch and with as much thought as any other piece of the food.
Once we were done with the apps, we moved onto the flatbreads. We were served the Cardiologist Special, which had asalingo salumi, classic pepperoni, dry cured coppa, San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, the Three Little Pigs, with whisky candied bacon, pulled pork, mango habanero BBQ sauce, white cheddar, scallions, and crispy onions and finally G.A.S.P., with roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella.
I'll start with the vegetarian flatbread, the G.A.S.P. The toppings were great. The roasted garlic was perfectly creamy, the artichokes were heaven (who doesn't love artichokes on pizza?) and the pesto made a great sauce. However, I did think the crust could have been a touch more crisp.
Mr. HitH tried the other two. He has a cold, and is not waxing eloquent, so his current comment, full of eloquence, is "They were really good". I know he particularly enjoyed the Cardiologist Special, and loved all of the meat. He also enjoyed the crispy onions on Three Little Pigs and really liked the mango sauce (he is a sucker for all things mango).
Then the sliders came! We were treated to 3 different ones, the Hogtown, made with slow roasted pulled pork, golden mango BBQ sauce, creamy slaw, crisp onions, sweet roll, the Fish & Chip (above), made with Rickards red battered sole, hand cut fries, spicy remoulade and Ultimate Serve Slider (below), made with candied bacon, aged white cheddar, oven roasted tomato, fried onion rings, and special serve sauce. My vegetarianism made it so I couldn't taste these, so Mr. HitH pinch hit for me. His personal favourite was the Ultimate Serve Slider. He found that the serve sauce had just the right bite and the composition of all the elements made for a great little bite. He also really liked the Fish and Chip, but he personally needed more sauce. He's a saucy kinda guy.
I needed a drink, so I tried the Lawrenceburg Lemonade. It was delicious, but if I drank more than one, I couldn't have driven home. This is a DRINK - and a damn good one.
This contraption picks up balls. It's fun. I don't know why it is fun, but it is.
Paul Elia, is stunning. The above painting of Beasley Park is a beautiful piece. One day, I'll own a house worthy of it and buy it.
You can even rent a private room (with more art by Paul Elia, this time of the downtown arch).
In summary, we will be back, both to play and to eat. The food was very good, and while the price point is a touch high, when you are sharing with your fellow players, it becomes a bit more reasonable. We're even considering renting out the private room. How can you go wrong for $50 for an hour?