An impromptu date night (a few months ago now) at Papi Chulo was exactly what Mark and I needed. Admittedly it was a date night with a pretty new born baby that couldn't leave her mummy's side for very long, but getting dressed up and going out for a relatively quiet meal was bliss. Not to mention the amazing roasted cauliflower ($17), that try-as-we-might we haven't been able to replicate yet. Mark has mastered a delicious romesco sauce, but we are still working on getting the right level of smokiness along with the texture. I think we might be heading back there soon based on this dish alone-it is that good that I have contemplated braving Manly by myself at lunch time with two babies in tow.
|Roasted cauliflower, romesco, parmesan cheese and brown butter crumbs.|
I've always had a great appetite (and luckily a reasonably good metabolism), and when I'm breastfeeding my babies I down so much food that friends and waitresses do their best to hide their looks of shock, but I don't blame them for being surprised, I can eat enough for a small village. So Mark and I decided to get the BBQ platter that serves two to four people ($86), my favourite was the spicy smoked lamb ribs, though I did a great job at helping Mark finish everything off. I'm not so good with spices at the moment though, and I would have appreciated some more coleslaw to balance out the meal.
|Smoked lamb ribs, Wagyu brisket, pulled pork, pork belly|
We did manage to break the bank since we thought we were going for a winter feast menu (husband not reading properly) but we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching the rain trickle down the windows outside. We can't wait to get the chance to go back. Northern Beaches dining win.