The environment is like something out of a cowboy movie, but it is friendly and, more importantly, family friendly, by even having a little play room for younger kids. Although, since we didn't book a table, I would suggest to book before you go. We waited for about 10 minutes for another group to leave so we could get a table. This place is very popular and gets very full very fast.
The rooms are spacious and the furniture is all wooden, adding to the rustic effect of the room. When you're eating and talking with friends you don't notice the slightly uncomfortable seating. And watch out for the cutlery, you receive quite a mean looking steak knife!
But, onto the main event: the food. The Hogs Breath is known for their steaks, really big steaks. And, being steak and other delicious meats, the prices are a bit expensive. I paid $30.95 for BBQ Lamb Cutlets, with salad, curly fries, and a base of Mexi-rice (which I didn't know was peppered, so beware). Also to dip the fries in was some cucumber and yoghurt dip.
The cutlets were wonderfully done, being succulent and juicy. They were cooked to just the way I liked and had great flavour. My friends all ordered different meals, steak, pork, chicken parmigiana and curly fries. As I sampled a bit of each, all were extremely tasteful.
Most of the items on the menu are between the $20-$30 mark, if you're ordering a big meal with meat. The one thing I did not like, was that the Hogs Breath only does curly fries. I would have liked the option to have had normal chips instead, but the curly fries were still also very tasty.
With the meal we all ordered drinks, I ordering an Illusion cocktail. I'm not much of a cocktail drinker and at first it was a bit strong, but once mixed a bit with the straw it was drinkable. I'm sure other people would have loved it though. I did prefer my friends passionfruit cocktail much better though. The one thing I definitely did not like about the drinks though, was how long it took for them to get to our table. It was a little bit of a wait.
After our main meal, I looked at the dessert menu, instantly loving some of the items. Instead of getting the Hoggies Rocky Road Sundae, which looked absolutely divine (and was huge), my friends and I shared a Fresh Strawberry and Chocolate Fondue, which was delicious. The fruit was fresh and the chocolate was rich and hot.
All in all I would give the Hogs Breath Cafe 8 out of 10 stars! I would definitely go there again.
I can't say I've been a huge fan of Hogs Breath the times that I've been, I love my steaks rare, and I just haven't had a great experience with Hogs Breath compared to a lot of other steaks I've had.
Saying this, I do think they are a really fun place to go, especially for families. I think the fact that they have a kids eat free policy (obviously with terms and conditions) means that even though the meals can be a bit steep families can still head here and bring the kids along without having to worry too much about an expensive meal that they probably won't finish.
I'd like to go back there sometime to re-evaluate, maybe I'll lik it better than my trips in the past.