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by Alison Key (subscribe)
I am a writer seeking to boldly go where lots of other people have gone first so as to be absolutely certain no possible danger is lurking around a corner.
Published August 25th 2014
Kill it, cook it, eat it
Mighty Mighty Brisket

We booked our table at Mighty Mighty for six o'clock because we have young children and old parents and that's not something you want to inflict on other diners. We arrived on the dot to find the staff having a meeting. Now, I was not going to let that detract from our dining experience. I swept over and demanded their finest table. We were promptly ushered to the farthest reaches of the restaurant (it must have been the kids).

The waitress brought the wrong menus. Oops, she giggled, and brought the right ones back. Would we like a drink? I gave her a look. Had she seen the children? Of course we wanted a drink! I personally needed to mainline vodka. Instead, I ordered a peach tea cocktail while my other half dithered over the selection of craft beers.

The cocktail was delicious and I inhaled it in one go. Could I possibly have another? I glanced at the price. At $18, probably not. Ho hum.

The waitress returned to tell us how lucky we were to have booked early as we could order now and avoid the rush. I looked around. She was right - the place had filled up. I chose the unpulled pork. My husband the beef brisket. Grandma and grandpa, the pepper chicken and chicken fried steak. At $30 a main meal, I pointed out the sides to the children.

I sucked down some iced water while we waited for our meals.

And waited.

And waited.

When they arrived I pulled at my unpulled pork and wondered, as I do with all restaurant meals, if this was something I could have made better myself at home.

As the meal was neither burnt nor raw, I decided, no, I could not. The pork was pullable and had a good flavour (albeit served under an off-putting chunk of its own fat), and the Carolina sauce thick and sweet.

The chicory and apple accompaniment was so so. I thought the beef brisket with its molasses sauce was the pick of the meals, but then grandma and grandpa fended off my attempts to try their dishes so who knows.

The kids had mac and cheese (it's too cheesy mum), and fries (why aren't they crunchy like yours mum?) and an unremarkable side of coleslaw.

Four slices of key lime pie later and grandma and grandpa were making cranky old person comments about the chefs not doing much in the open kitchen and the children were making blowfish faces on the restaurant window. It was time to go.

Would I go back to Mighty Mighty?

For the food, maybe. The $14 piece of pie was light and airy and the pastry just right.

For the prices, no. An expensive cocktail I can swallow (literally), but a $32 piece of pork made me want it to explode in my mouth.

It merely went whimper.
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Why? We all need to eat
Phone: 07 3666 0184
Where: 100 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Cost: Mains $28 - $55
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