With the recent specials on Dimmi, our usual group decided to have our regular dinner at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, on Ann Street, Fortitude Valley.
Having made a reservation early, we were given a circular booth table for the five of us.
For a Thursday night, it was considerably empty, given the half price special going on.
Water was provided very promptly.
The menu consisted of quite a few options, snacks sides, burgers, pizzas, and desserts.
We started off with a jar of lemon lime bitters. Our food came quite promptly after that.
Due to the significant discount for the evening, my companions went full out in ordering. This is a large portion of the USA pork ribs, which came served with mash. I was surprised at the presentation, whilst it was quite a large pile of ribs, I would have expected it to come as a rack. In terms of the food, my friend commented that the pork had a very tough, dry and a bit bland. He had to pick out the pieces at the bottom to start eating. The mash was nice and creamy though, and fragrantly seasoned with herbs.
This was the Exotic Mushrooms Pizza. My companions commented that whilst it had hints of truffle oil, it was nowhere near the amounts of truffle oil as the pizza we had at Alfredos Pizzeria. It was topped with button mushrooms and enoci mushrooms which was quite delicious. The creamy sauce also complemented the pizza. The base was a bit thicker than the specialised pizza parlours that we had been to, but this was to be expected. What was unexpected though was the piece of plastic in the pizza which my companion bit into.
Between myself and two other friends, we shared three mains and two sides. We ordered the mammoth burger, which came with a beef patty, bacon, cheese, relish and we had it without beetroot. It came served with a very generous portion of onion rings. The beef patty itself was generous in size, however like the patty itself was dry and rather bland. What disappointed me the most though, was the bacon. Usually when one orders a burger that contains bacon, you would expect strips of bacon (which if you're lucky, are crispy), in this instance however, we were provided with little bacon bits (like the ones on top of the chips we got). The bun could have been a bit softer, and overall I found there to be a lot of places that needed improvement.
The second main we shared was the poached sausages and mash. I was quite surprised at how nicely toasted the sausages were, despite being poached, it tasted a lot more like bbq sausages. The red wine gravy really complemented the dish, and the mashed potato was well seasoned with herbs and I loved the fried onions on top.
The final main we shared was the lamb shanks, which was served with apricots. It was very moist and cooked to a point where the flesh fell off the bone. I usually avoid lamb for its gamey smell, but in this instance, the lamb was cooked quite well, and the lamb smell was very light, which was very much to my liking.
We ordered two sides to accompany our meal, being the bacon fries and the beef brisket fries. The beef brisket fries were quite dry, despite our anticipations, as there was minimal gravy and cheese on the chips. The brisket itself was soft though.
Our second order of fries was the bacon fries, which we enjoyed a lot more than the beef brisket fries. It had quite a bit of soft stringy cheese, and ample bacon bits, topped with fries. The fries itself could have been a bit more crunchier though.
For dessert, we opted for the berry crumble, which was served after a very significant wait. The ice cream was quite delicious, with clearly observable vanilla bean. The crumble was crunchy and had a good texture, with the added fruitiness of caramelized berries.
Price Range: $20 - $40 per person