Other than eating and gaming, another of my hobbies is watching TV, specifically bingeing on Netflix, and occasionally we are inspired by our American TV shows. In awe of President Underwood’s eating prowess, we went in search for rib joint and American cuisine. So it was on one fine winter’s weekend, we visited New Farm’s St Baxter Californian Eatery to exercise our civil rights as patrons of American cuisine.
Upon our early arrival at 11.30, we were promptly seated and offered water.
Menus were set as we took in the open air décor of the eatery. There was something American about the place, whether it be the Californian state flag or the decorations that lined the walls, it was definitely bright and open, which allowed a lot of sunlight and fresh air.
On inspecting the menu we promptly decided to order, Truffle & Parmesan Fries, Mac & Cheese Croquettas, BBQ Pork Belly Ribs and a Classic Cheeseburger. While service was a little slow, we were certainly made welcome by the friendly and cheerful staff.
The BBQ Pork Belly Ribs was served with mustard slaw and St Baxter bbq sauce. I note the menu mentions that the dish comes with charred corn but as pictured there was no corn. Having said that, I did enjoy the generous serving of fries which was conveniently complimented by the bbq sauce. Speaking of the bbq sauce my friend is generally not one for generous servings of sauce on his food. But in this instance he found it a welcome addition that added extra punch to the tender meat which just fell off the bone. Suffice to say we found the dish generous in portions.
The Classic Cheeseburger was served with tomato, lettuce, ketchup, American mustard and pickles. Whilst I did not enjoy the bun as much as I would have, due to the sesame on top, it was redeemed by how well it was toasted. I found the rest of the burger also to be very yummy, the portions were a little small but I found the beef patty flavoursome, have a good texture and the sauces complemented the dish well. Overall the burger was a good contrast to the ribs.
Here we have the Mac & Cheese Croquettas with baconaise sauce. We both enjoyed the Croquettas but found the coating a bit too thick for our liking. We did however like the stringy cheese filling which was accentuated by the heavenly baconaise.
As a side we ordered a Truffle & Parmesan fries, which came topped with a very generous portion of truffle mayonnaise, over a large bowl of shoe string fries. The fries were fresh and crispy, and the sauces fragrant and rich. Overall we enjoyed our experience at New Farm’s St Baxter’s. The generous portions and the friendly staff stood out for us. For your American fix St Baxter’s is a solid choice.
Price: $20 - $30pp