Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published January 1st 2013
The Home of Hog'spitality
Steak, who doesn't love it? Well, except for vegetarians, vegans and some religious followers, I guess. Okay, let's put it this way. For many Australians steak is seen as a huge part of the 'Aussie diet'. I myself think the good ol' saying: 'throw another shrimp on the barbie', should be changed to 'throw another steak on the barbie'. I mean firstly, Aussies call the tasty little critters 'prawns' rather than 'shrimp' and secondly, we generally barbeque steak and sausages at our family gatherings - not prawns; but this is another story.
To cut a potentially long intro short, I like steak and I like when I find a good restaurant that cooks great steak. Enter my latest taste testing.
Hog's Breath Café is a restaurant chain well-known for its generously-sized juicy steaks and until recently I'd never set foot in one of its franchises. This all changed when I rocked up at the pre-arranged venue for one of my old work mate's birthday. Four tables and approximately 30 people later the staff at Hog's Breath Café, Aspley, had quite a large (and a little bit rowdy) bunch to deal with.
As we were such a large party we got our orders out of the way pretty quickly as we knew we might be waiting for our meals a while. The waiters/waitresses were friendly and happy to help with any queries we had regarding the menu, which I might add, is pretty impressive. With snacks and starters, appetisers, salads, seafood and steak, burgers and wraps, pasta, ribs, chicken, towers for two, desserts and a kids menu, we weren't starved for choice. Here's what my partner and I chose to stuff ourselves with:
My order: Traditional cut calamari prime rib (cooked to medium) with curly fries and a creamy mushroom sauce = $33.95 Side of three creamy garlic prawns = $7.95 600ml Coke
My partner's order: Traditional cut garlic prawn prime rib (cooked to well done) with salad, curly fries and pepper sauce = $34.95 Scotch and Coke
My meal: calamari prime rib (medium), traditional cut, with curly fries and creamy mushroom sauce.
First things first – the steak was wonderfully soft and moist, and being cooked for at least 18 hours in preparation for my own eating pleasure I was sure it would be. The curly fries were nice and crisp, as was the calamari. The creamy mushroom sauce, although not as creamy or nice as others I have come across, was still nothing to complain about. The garlic prawns I had as a side were quite creamy and I enjoyed having them with my meal, although $7.95 for three prawns in sauce does seem a bit steep.
Overall my first (and certainly not my last) experience at Hog's Breath Café was a good one. The food was delicious, the service was great and the atmosphere was energetic. All of the patrons genuinely seemed to be having a good time; laughing and joking around. On the night I also noticed quite a number of families with small children dining out – Hog's Breathe Café is perfect for families too. So for that next family outing or birthday celebration why not head into your nearest Hog's Breath Café, it is well worth it.