Hogs BreathCafe – Cairns

CairnsToday on the Dining Diaries..

An old favourite is revisited,
Wait staff serve their customers with permanent smiles on their faces and
we leave our mark on the walls!

0508894ade6cbccaa72f9095b1d05b1d.jpgToday the Spoon You Fork Me team are at Hogs Breath Cafe in Cairns.
While most of Australia is suffering through horrendous Winter weather, Cairns is basking in sunshine. I feel like I don’t want to leave this place!!

You may remember we reviewed Hogs Breath Cafe once before but that was the restaurant at Glenelg. I was interested to see if our experience would be any different.

Once again, as we enter we just feel happy. There’s something about that place that makes you expect to have a good time.
A gentlman greeted us at the door and gave us some pleasant small talk, took us to a table and told us someone would be along shortly.
Within a minute a waitress came smiling from ear to ear like she was our best friend. It’s not a criticism, it’s a good thing. It makes you feel like you’re in a place people want to be.
In fact I watched the wait and kitchen staff and they all seemed happy to be doing their jobs even when out of sight of diners.

FullSizeRender (33)I love the atmosphere in this place and the way it’s decorated which seems to be the same Australia wide. Although I took these pictures in relatively empty corners of the restaurant, there were quite a few people in there all having a nice relaxing time.

The inital gentleman who greeted us and the waitress both asked if we’d dined their before making sure we knew what food they offered and how to order.
Our waitress then told us about the special – Steak parmigiana with grilled capsicum and mozzarella cheese on top. That sounded yummy to hubby so he ordered that one. I went for an old favourite that I haven’t had for a while, grilled steak sandwich.

While waiting for the food, I looked around trying to see other people’s food, and another waitress, not the one serving our table, came up to me thinking I was wanting help or wanting to order something else or ask another question. It was things like that that really elevated our experience here.

FullSizeRender (32)My steak sandwich came with sweet potato wedges. I know these are the in things right now but I just find they don’t crisp up like potato wedges do. Still, they tasted nice once I added a bit more salt. The grilled steak sandwich was superb!!
In my experience, some places try to add too many sauces to this type of  meal making it almost impossible to eat without getting it all down your hands. This sandwich had just the perfect amount and the steak was gloriously tender and thick. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t had this type of food for a while but I was super impressed!

FullSizeRender (31)Hubby was happy with his too. I was curious to know what the grilled capsicum was like on top as I don’t normally associate that with a parmigiana but he said it was really tasty and went well. He said his meat was cooked and seasoned well. I tried some of his veggies and there was just no salt on them. They were just plain boiled veggies.
I know you can’t presume to know how much salt to put on veggies but no salt and no seasoning?  Makes me wonder why bother to have them at all! But that’s only a very small criticism as we enjoyed our meal here and felt pretty full when we walked out!

I also loved how the waitress came to check how our meals were a few minutes after we’d got them. That doesn’t happen as much as it should and sometimes things aren’t quite right and I don’t like to make a scene so I don’t say anything. If someone were to ask me however, I might have the courage to mention it and I liked that we were asked and the waitress was not just expecting a stock answer but genuinely wanting to make sure all was ok.

Hogs Breath Cairns is not really in an area frequented by a lot of foot traffic which is shame. I’m sure they do get their fair share of customers but if you ever do find yourself in Cairns, I would recommend a ten minute walk from the Esplanade to visit Hogs Breath.

Have you been here?
What was your experience?
Let me know in the comments below…

Till next we chow…

Hogs Breath Cafe Glenelg

IMG_5351Even though hubby and I go out for dinner fairly regularly, I always get super excited when we’re about to go out. It probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t have to cook…

This Wednesday afternoon we wandered into Hogs Breath Cafe in Glenelg.
I find Hogs Breath to be one of those places where my expectations are always high, even if the end result is just average. I think that’s what they call great advertising!

So hubby and I walked in reading all the cute little lines they have on the stairway to the top floor (I wish I’d taken a photo of this!)

We were met by our friendly waitress Jasmine at the top of the stairs and she showed us to a table out on the balcony.
It was a warmish but overcast day and we had very pretty views of Glenelg and Jetty road from our table.

Jasmine informed us that the new menu was just five days old. My first thought was “yay, new food!” but as soon as she walked away hubby said “You know what that means don’t you? Higher prices”
They do have a cheaper lunch menu option which looks like it’s good value for money but we didn’t order from there.
IMG_5352.JPGNot feeling very adventurous today, I went for something pretty regular, their Steak Sandwich – hold the beetroot please! (Yeah I know, what kind of an Aussie am I?) and hubby ordered the Serious Burger.
She didn’t ask us if we wanted to order any drinks so just as she was about to walk away I put in my wine order, and curiously, she didn’t ask hubby what he wanted to drink.

As we sat there waiting for our food, the other tables around us quickly filled. I was a little surprised at how busy it was, considering it was a midweek lunch meal but it did make it nicer that there was laughter and chatter happening around us.

When our food came out, the waiter got a bit confused calling one a Steak burger and the other a Serious sandwich. One was bigger than the other, and we had different sides IMG_5357otherwise they looked pretty similar.
My Steak sandwich (above) came with sweet potato wedges and I had to dig into one of these right away as they looked delicious and it really was! IMG_5356They were crispy, sweet and flavoursome! Everything you would want from a sweet potato wedge.

Hubby was still looking at his so I asked what was wrong. He replied “Now I know what the “Serious” part means. It’s seriously small.” And then added “If it wasn’t so serious I’d be laughing”

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Hubby had a side of twisters on his plate and this photo was taken before he’d eaten any.

He was really disappointed with the amount on the plate, especially when he looked around and saw other plates seemed to have more on them.
Have I mentioned that we like big food?

I was pretty happy with what was on my plate. My steak sandwich looked huge!! In fact the first thing I did was cut through and give half of it to hubby.
As I was cutting I noticed it was cold… It wasn’t the meat that was cold, but the bun was filled with a cold coleslaw and sauce and there was really so much of it, IMG_5358that when I did try to take a bite, I could barely taste any meat.
I’m not really complaining as it was tasty and I felt very full after having it, but I was wanting a steak sandwich and it didn’t feel like I’d eaten any steak.

When hubby tasted some of mine he said it didn’t really taste any different to what he’d eaten.

I asked him what he thought of everything he’d eaten and he said the taste was fine but he wasn’t very happy with portion size.

Personally, I enjoyed what I ate and the things I’m complaining about are very minor. It’s not every restaurant’s fault that we have huge appetites and don’t know what a normal portion size is.

Our burgers were both $21.95 which is probably fairly average give or take a few dollars.

Will we go there again? I’d say it’s very likely although probably not for a little while. I do like the atmosphere and the new menu had a few interesting things on there which I’d like to try next time.

 

Have you been dined at Hogs Breath?

What did you think?  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Till next we chow…