Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published November 24th 2016
Steak and cold beer by the beach - can this get any better?
What does the perfect weekend look like to you? Perhaps it's dipping your toes in the sand and relaxing under the sun before retiring to your local joint for a cold beer or margarita?
Two weekends ago we attended Hog's Breath 21st Birthday in Cronulla. The restaurant is located next to the beautiful beach of Cronulla, a stone's throw away from Cronulla Park, where a regular weekend festival is held.
The restaurant was busy when we got there at around 3pm, which is always a good sign! Upon setting foot in the restaurant, we were greeted by the very friendly Hog'spitality Specialists, who showed us our seats and handed us a menu. Despite calling itself an Aussie steakhouse, Hog's Breath actually has quite a diverse and complementary menu, ranging from ribs and burgers to salads and pasta. There's something for everyone, whether you are a meat, seafood or carb lover. You can check out the full menu here.
The following is what we ordered (please note that we requested for half portions just so we can sample more dishes, so the actual portion will be twice bigger than shown here):
Boss Hog Mushies (V) & Amazing Grazing Antipasto For Two
I love Mudslide in general because it is sweet, however I love the subtle hint of ginger bread in Ginger Cafe Kiss. Despite its lack of aesthetic appeal compared to the Mudslide (which was great by the way), Ginger Cafe Kiss was probably the winner for me!
What A Catch - Panko crumbed flathead fillets, calamari, prawns and crab cake with sweet potato wedges, creamy tartare sauce and a wedge of fresh lemon
While I usually love both surf & turf, I am really more of a "surf" person, especially when I am by the water, which is why I ordered a selection of seafood to sample. My favourite was probably the crab cake which was packed full of delicious flavours.
Garlic Mushroom Prime Rib (cut in half to show tenderness of the meat)
Then came the signature dish - the prime rib steak (topped with fresh pan-seared garlic mushrooms). The steak was slow-cooked for up to 18 hours to ensure maximum flavour and tenderness, and Hog's Breath proudly boasts that you can never find another steak as tender and mouth-watering as theirs. Saying it was the best steak I ever had is probably a huge statement to make, however I can concur that it was very tender and succulent (as pictured above) and I was definitely impressed by the time and effort the Grill Masters took to make these! Another amazing thing about these steaks is you can literally top them up with anything (bacon, prawns, avocado).
Our dessert which was a Triple Chocolate Mississippi Mud Cake
While some people may find the decor (and the occasional unusual paraphernalia and memorabilia) over the top, Hog's Breath is really just living, breathing and sticking true to its philosophy of having fun. It regularly hosts events and makes its best attempt at livening up the place by radiating cool vibe and upbeat energy to ensure that the guests are feeling welcomed and always enjoying themselves.
Personally I had a great time at Hog's Breath. I really enjoyed the food and drinks as well as the banters with my lovely Hogs'pitality Specialists who served us that day (Alberto and Chris). Most importantly, I learned so much more about the business and the people who continue to carry through its legacy. Started in 1989 as a cafe in Airlie Beach by a humble man called Don Algie, Hog's Breath grew to the major steakhouse chain it is today with 80 locations across Australia and New Zealand - a quintessential Aussie business success story!
Taken straight from Hog's Breath website, I think this sums it up pretty nicely: "In a nutshell, it's all about providing quality food and beverage services in an informal, yet comfortable environment with an overriding friendly, party atmosphere."