Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Papi Chulo

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.

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