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Published February 3rd 2017
For the meatosaurus who lives within
Another Friday night before a game at Suncorp Stadium, and again we chose to eat at one of Milton's new venues.
Today we ate at 2forks, in Railway Terrace. It's quite easy to find; the address is on Railway Terrace, however the street entrance is off Manning Street (a block back from Park Road). There was also a sandwich board right on the corner to direct passers-by, just in case.
2forks was established as a pulled meat restaurant, with a decidedly Australian slant and promoting healthy sides and salads. We had looked at the menu before we came, but were still overwhelmed with the choice of pairing which meat with which side.
We walked into a very quiet, clean eatery. 2forks is open from 11am-9pm (10pm on Friday and Saturday nights), so we had well and truly avoided the rush by coming in at 5:45 on a Friday. We were greeted by a friendly young chap, who went to great trouble to go through the menu with us.
2forks is fully licensed, so we started off with a few drinks before our food came out. Thankfully they had Cricketers Arms Scorcher on tap. Having it as a house tap beer makes sense; it is very refreshing, but doesn't have such a strong flavour that it would mask the taste of the meat. They also have Somersby Cider by the bottle, a good alternative for summer if you don't drink beer.
Share platter with Char Sui Pork, Tequila Beef, avocado, salsa, red cabbage slaw and mini tortillas
We chose the share platter ($55), with Char Sui Pork and Tequila Beef. Both meats were absolutely delicious, with the pork having the edge in flavour, and the beef in smokiness. There was not a trace of fat. The salsa was my favourite of the two sauces. The only issue was that I found the tortillas a little small, but then it's a bit hard to stop yourself from overloading them (see the note below regarding supplied bibs) when you have fillings like these.
This was a lot of food for two people, and we did leave a fair bit when we were done. I would suggest that this could feed three people well, and thus represents good value when eating in a group. There are a multitude of other a la carte options (burgers, rice or salad with your choice of one type of meat), that I will definitely try next time.
I didn't notice it until almost the end of the meal, but each table has a container of 2Forks'artisan salt (they carry a few varieties). We had the Applewood Smoked Salt, and I found it went perfectly with the pork.
The staff there maybe had heard of my tendency to make a mess when eating (anything at all), and fixed me up with a bib and a nice big refresher towelette. It's always nice to be able to step out of any establishment with no one wise to the fact that five minutes ago you had barbecue sauce on your face and hands.
Also very welcome was the 90's R&B being played in the background; for someone in my age bracket it was a nice way to relax on Friday afternoon with a beer, with the volume at a perfect level to not prevent conversation.
The only negative (unavoidable) is that around 5:30-6pm, the west facing front window lets in a lot of dazzling sun. If you are inside facing out, you might have a hard time looking straight ahead.
All in all 2Forks is a very clean and friendly place to eat some great pulled meats. Just remember that they are a cashless establishment, so bring a card to pay with.