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Hog's Breath Cafe - Aspley

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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
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.

Hog's Breathe Cafe
Hog's Breathe Cafe

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

Hog's Breathe Cafe Meal 1
My meal: calamari prime rib (medium), traditional cut, with curly fries and creamy mushroom sauce.

Hog's Breathe Cafe Meal 2
My partner's meal: garlic prawn prime rib (well done), traditional cut, with salad, curly fries and pepper 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.

Hog's Breathe Cafe Napkin
Hog's Breathe Cafe Napkin

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Why? Because you like steak.
When: Dinner.
Phone: (07) 3263 8755
Where: Hog's Breath Cafe, 1401 Gympie Road, Aspley, QLD.
Cost: Prices are available on the website or in store.
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