Hippo Creek Meat and Wine, Subiaco

Sometimes when visiting restaurants, I get so involved with eating, I completely forget to take notes. After a sip of wine here and a fully belly there, an hour later, all those words I was thinking when I sunk my teeth into the meal, are poof! gone. It’s rare that I forget to jot as I eat, but it happens, and as it is, it’s usually the better restaurants where this happens. It’s the restaurants that choose a cuisine, stick with it and perfect their dishes. Hippo Creek proved to be one such restaurant.

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Half Dozen African Kilpatrick Oysters

First up were oysters. My kiwi won’t touch Kilpatrick Oysters (too many bad experiences) so Hippo Creek was kind enough to serve him a mini bread loaf and oil (having used a Groupon voucher for this visit, the menu was pretty much set). Meanwhile I happily slurped back the oysters, which seemed to be mixed with cheese (parmesan possibly?), meat (biltong) and a tomatoey sauce.

6a0105369a9fca970c017ee4ee0f5c970dAssegai $35

At Hippo Creek, ‘it’s all about the meat’.  The Assegai consists of four large chunks of marinated Angus rump hung over a bowl of fries, while a small dish at the top of the skewer slowly drips peri peri butter down the steak and onto the fries, blending the flavours.

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Surf and Turf $40

I’ve always wrinkled my nose at surf and turf dishes. It’s usually associated with a slab of meat with terribly cheap quality squid covered in breadcrumbs with a handful of soggy chips. Gag.

But here at Hippo Creek, surf and turf is appealing. It means a perfectly cooked, in my case, medium rare, high quality 250g of Angus sirloin. It was tender with intense meaty flavours, which, as it turns out, are signs of a well aged meat.

The meat was topped with a circle of butter and a skewer of prawns and a baby octopus, which were surprisingly cold. Even more surprisingly, I enjoyed it immensely, as normally I like my seafood hot. The dish was finished off with a serving of green beans, cooked but not soggy with that slight crispness still intact, and what tasted like a rectangle of root mash.

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Ice Cream with Mars Bars Sauce $8

To finish off we had a bowl of ice cream, drizzled in this decedent mars bar sauce. A perfect finish to a perfect meal.

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