(and yet again I forget to bring my camera – it’s such a bad habit of mine now. Forgive the grainy-ness in the photos. I know, it annoys me too.)
It has only been opened several weeks and word has already spread. Like everyone else, I’m very interested to see what this new Thai/Laos restaurant has to offer.
It’s located at the very beginning of Hamilton Road, right near the station. Upon entering the restaurant, your eyes are drawn to the tuk-tuk. Seems it’s not only part of the decor, but it’s a prop – you can sit in there and many vistors snap away at their joy. The feel of this restaurant definitely takes you to another place – it’s got a great atmosphere and vibe!
It’s a Friday night and it’s not too bad of a wait. What you don’t realise is how big the place is. There’s lost of space as you can see, and there’s even a back room for private parties. It’s huge!
While waiting for our table, we peek into the kitchen which is slightly opened. It’s amazing how the food just keeps pumping out and looking so consistent mind you. And I tell you what, my eyes were drawn to everything that came out of there. I was getting excited..
The menu is lenghty. There is so much to read and of course, trying to decide what to eat is a task in itself.
Love the little cups that water is served in. It reminds me much of Chat Thai (post to come soon!).
Lychee Fruit Shake $5.50
Jackfruit Fruit Shake $5.50
We begin the night with some fruit shakes. Fruity, icy, sweet and refreshing is what they both were. Delicious! The jackfruit fruit shake made me go wow – it was a little more creamier but oh so good!
I can’t believe we had two of these between 2 of us. Fatties for sure…
Charcoal BBQ Ox Tongue $10.90
A must order for us at any Laos/Thai restaurant – marinated ox tongue, grilled over a charcoal bbq and served with mum’s special sauce. I loved the presentation of this dish – definitely a modern look. The chargrilled ox tongue is tender and juicy. There’s plenty of flavour on its own, but mum’s special sauce has that spice, zing and acid that brings it to another level. I much prefer the ox tongue being cooked as a whole and then having it sliced up. I find it’s much more flavoursome and tender this way.
Nam Tok (Tiger Beef Salad, Laos Style) $12.90
We opt for a salad, knowing that our mains would be quite heavy. The nam tok has thinly sliced charcoal bbq beef mixed with herbs and spices, toasted ground rice powder. It was a tasty salad, with all the right flavours and the perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour. The slices of beef were quite large so we had to cut it up a bit more ourselves before being able to eat it like a salad.
Gang Ped Yang (Red Curry Roast Duck) $16.90
We’ve discovered a new curry that we both love, different from the green curry we usually always order. The Gang Ped Yang is a rich red curry of roasted duck with cherry tomatoes, pineapple, lychee, chilli and thai basil. It’s beautifully sweet and creamy and is very generous on the vegetables and roasted duck. It was the perfect curry to comfort us and keep us warm on this cold Friday evening. Mmmm.
Crispy Pork Belly wit Stir Fried Kang-Kong $18.90
The last of our main comes out and it is stir-fried asian water spinach with garlic and chilli topped with crispy pork belly. Look at that mount of pork bellyyyyyy! My jaw just drops!
Hello single crispy pork belly…
I find it annoying when people say ‘crispy’ pork belly and the skin is far from cripsy. Well, not here. This pork belly was crispy cripsy cripsy and cripsy! Oh it was a joy to eat. And for those that love the fatty bits on their pork belly, you’d love this even more!! Every piece had a decent amount of fat on it, and it really helped to keep the pork belly juicy! Oh my porky….
After that feed there was just no room for dessert.. oh how sad, but luckily for me I got to dig into some desserts on another visit =P
Ice Cream Pavlova Smash $14.90
An awesome looking steroid size wine glass was filled with vanilla ice cream, smashed pavlova and fresh seasonal fruits. Every scoop was a nice suprice as you’d get different elements on your spoon. A great dessert to be shared amongst several mouths…
Pandan Creme Brulee $14.00
.. not this one though. NOTE: order one only for yourself! Oh the pandan creme brulee was perfect in every way. And it looks so good too! A luscious, creamy custard is infused with the pandan flavour. It’s not too over powering which is sometimes the biggest sin. My only complaint was that the dish was rather shallow so my spoon kept scooping for more, but by the time I looked down there was nothing left :( and I wish the top had been brulee’d a bit more. There was a slight cracking sound but it needed to be more significant ;) Otherwise, it was the perfect dessert.. for one =P
The Boy and I really enjoyed our experience at Green Peppercorn. It definitely lives up to the hype. We had friendly and quick service, the food was well presented and tasted great. I can forsee a big future for the Green Peppercorn venture. Well done to the team and here’s to many more feeds there :)
On another visit, we tried a couple of other dishes.
Chicken Feet Salad
A refreshing salad with plenty of chicken feet to go around (how weird does that sound…)
This crispy rice ball salad was a great dish. The textures make everything much more exciting. It’s definitely one of the better nam khao that I’ve had.