can i just say... WOW. this dinner kicked ass bigtime - every single bit of it. three of us ordered different mains so we could swop around and share, as well as a garlic mushrooms appetiser. the mushrooms came with chilli padi slices and that did something magical to the tastebuds. i'm not supposed to be able to handle much chilli, but after eating these mushrooms and getting quite a few pieces of chilli padi (accidentally) in my mouth, i suddenly realised that perhaps i am a natural chilli-eater after all but have always avoided it because i reckoned i wasn't. it was pretty darn spicy, but it was pretty darn good.
my lamb shanks came smelling like heaven. i didn't get around to them till a few minutes later because i couldn't leave the garlic mushrooms alone. when i finally managed to put a juicy slice of lamb into my mouth, it was an awesome experience right there and then. i must warn lamb fans (not the band... though it's one of my favourite bands. moot point) though, that this wasn't done the so-called 'perfect' way, which is a pale juicy pink throughout the meat. this was a rather unique 'contrast' style - grilled on the outside, raw on the inside. it was a deep, luscious red where the juices are retained and sealed in by the savoury, grilled surface. almost like beef tataki. mash potatoes that came along were dreamy creamy goodness.
clay's bangers and mash were the next big hit. sausages were bursting with juices and flavour, and eating them dipped in the same excellent mash was sheer delight. mel's bacon penne with white wine sauce had a great texture and went very well with everything we ordered.
we ate as we played pool, so the food was kinda spread out buffet style on the side table. i was really more engrossed in stuffing my face than our table of balls, until we polished off everything.
now, that was some good grub.