Monsieur and I still have our frog stomachs. We love our preserved sausage so as soon as my friend, Miss Melbourne, tells me Poachers Pantry has smoked goods, we know this place is a must go.
Here we are, on a dusty road. I’m being sent a reminder text that asks me to text back “confirm” to my booking the day before. It is roughly 20 to 25 minutes from Canberra’s center, and I find it amusing that we’re back in NSW and out of ACT.
The fridge that has all the smoked goods is oh so cold, it’s a cold chamber so I’m surprised I’m actually not frozen myself by the time I’m out.
Whilst I’m experiencing extreme temperatures, my better half orders our platter.
“I’ve picked the smoked fish platter.” he says
“Pardon?” I thought I made it clear when I said “meat”.
“No just teasing you… I got the meat platter… Please don’t look so upset.”
Loves to play silly games eh!
The shared smoked meat platter is a mix of everything. It tastes as messy as it looks, with 3 dippings (beetroot, hummus, and curry type dipping). There are 6 types of smoked meat as promised, but sadly, Kangaroo proscuitto is not on the menu today (nor the one with pepper, which is a shame). The smoked chicken was nice, and I recommend you try that one before you numb your tastebuds with the lamb proscuitto (extremely strong, so better paired with a creamy dipping). I wasn’t a huge fan of the lamb proscuitto, but must admit that the classic proscuitto was quite good.
Yum. The slow cooked beef rib is definitely a must have. I found it a bit too salty for my liking if anything, but the sauce has a heavenly taste, and the cut they chose is just perfection. Highly recommended (if you find room to fit it after the testing plate).
I must admit I expected real truffles, as in chocolate which looked like truffles, tasted like ganache and well… filled the basic description of a truffle. I wasn’t utterly disappointed (mostly because I like chocolate very much) but found 16 dollars to be a very hefty price tag for 6 small pieces that did not look like they were homemade. I know that a big chocolatier is behind this, but then again… not buoyant. These “truffles” were OK, though the leaflet that helped put a flavour on each did not work quite well (2 chocolates couldn’t be found). Plus, there weren’t any pralines based truffles. :’(
The Bill came down to AUD 85. A bit dear, but considering that they smoke their own meat, I find it fair priced. I wasn’t convinced by all items on the smoked meat platter, but loved the beef ribs.