Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published November 16th 2017
Get stuck into, on onto the sticky ribs
Bistro 10481 may be a new name to you, as the restaurant has only been open a few weeks by that name.
The entrance to Bistro 10481 (Photograph courtesy Bistro 10481)
Previously it was called the Valley View Restaurant and seemed to specialise in 'Psychic Dinners'. Possessing a particularly mordant turn of humour I longed, just once, to see the sign amended 'Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances' - but, alas, I never did.
Obviously, however, unexpected events took place as they are no more and instead Bistro 10481 is now in their place in the long ranch-style building. Billed as a Bistro, the restaurant offers casual, relaxed service and homey, comfort food at moderate prices.
Roxy and I called in for luncheon recently, a meal designed for long, leisurely talking and eating. It was a wonderfully warm day so we chose to eat outside in the covered, café-curtained al fresco area.
The al fresco area of Bistro 10481 (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
The menu is pretty simple, relaxed and familiar. Entree's include Garlic Bread ($6), Arancini ($12), Cheese & Jalapeno bread ($8) and Soup of the Day ($9) among others. The most enticing dish was called 'Pig and Squid' ($15) of braised red onions, chilli, crispy pork, squid and sticky soy sauce, but alas, it was off the menu that day.
Grilled Spanish chorizo with green olives (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
Roxy chose the Grilled Spanish chorizo with green olives and toast ($15) - very tasty and a goodly portion. I chose a favourite - Bruschetta ($12), which, contrary to popular opinion, is not the topping but the bread when it's grilled. The topping is usually tomato, basil, onion and garlic, as it was here, although it can often also have cheese and salamis. It was delicious, tasty and fresh.
Bruschetta at Bistro 10481 (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
Mains was an easier decision - we had been told to try the BBQ Pork Spare Ribs, the house speciality. This comes in a portion of a choice of a half kilo or one or two kilos ($20, $30 or $50) with a serve of freshly home-made coleslaw.
The famous bbq ribs (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
Debate followed. Half would be too little, but a whole kilo might be too much. But we settled on that anyway to share and I also ordered a Steak Sandwich ($22) on Turkish bread, with tomato, red onion jam, green salad, cheese, aioli and beautiful wedges. Delicious.
Steak sandwich at Bistro 10481 (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
As well, the menu offered pastas of various kinds, steak, burgers,
chicken Parmigiana, Moroccan Grilled Chicken, fish and Lamb Shank.
The much vaunted BBQ Pork Ribs were, if anything, better than we were led to expect. Tender, full of flavour and rich with meat that simply fell off the bone. Sticky fingers and mouths testified to the succulence of the dish.
The coleslaw had rather less dressing than usual, but was definitely home-made.
We were far too full for dessert, although they looked sooo tempting. Coffee was good, the wine list small but adequate at moderate prices and the service friendly.