Monday, 28 May 2018

Hog's Breath Cafe - Garden City

Friend of mine who loves watching tv saw the ad about Hogs Breath offering a three course dinner for under $30. Being easily swayed by advertising, she asked me to go with her. Not having gone to any of the Hogs Breath Cafes in around a decade, I was a little skeptical at first, but at her insistence, we ended up going with another companion. Having made a booking for 6.30 on a Wednesday, I was surprised to see the place was quite packed, with our table being the last empty indoor seat. Unfortunately though, whilst service was friendly, it was very slow throughout the evening due to staff being so busy.

As mentioned, my companion had their sights set on the three course meal which came with three options for each course.



Wanting to try something else, I poured over the menu, which was huge. It took myself and my companion a considerable amount of time before we could settle on our order. 

Companion who ordered the three course meal started off with a serve of calamari. Served in a cone with sweet chilli and aioli, there really wasn't too much calamari in the container. It was freshly fried, but bits of the batter were already falling off, and it wasn't overly crunchy.

For his main, he opted for the prime rib and had it upgraded to standard size. Having ordered it medium rare, he was quite disappointed that it came out quite well done. For a standard size steak it was considerably smaller than expectations. The pepper sauce though was quite creamy and rich. My companion found the side salad to be crispy and fresh and delicious with its light vinaigrette garnish, but the sweet potato wedges weren't very crispy. For a steakhouse, its steak was really not comparable to the local chains like beach house.

My other companion ordered the Cheese Burger in Paradise with a side of hog tail fries with aioli. The burger contained beef, cheese, tomato, beetroot and bbq sauce. The burger was surprisingly large, with considerable fillings to bun ratio. My companion found the beef to be substantially thick and well seasoned, and the salad to be quite ample. The bun could have been fluffier and softer though. The chips were also generous in portion, freshly fried and I always enjoy the novelty of curly fries.

Wanting to be good, I opted to get a serve of caesar salad. It was also quite generous in portion with lettuce, bacon, egg, Parmesan and a large piece of grilled chicken breast. The salad was very crispy and fresh, and I liked the substantial amount of chicken that was provided with the dish. The cheese was also very sharp and had a nice bite to it. 

We finished off the meal by sharing my companion's dessert, the Rocky road sundae. Again, the portion was quite substantial The ice cream was standard soft serve with a large chunk of hot fudge and brownie at the bottom. It was a pretty average sundae and didn't really stand out as anything out of the ordinary.

Price Range: $20 - $30pp

Taste: 5/10
Value: 5/10
Service: 6/10
Environment: 7/10

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