This evening I went out to dinner with a couple of lady friends to Peel Street's self named restaurant Peel St. I'd first seen the place leaving Clever Little Tailors one night and vowed to return to its dim lighting and extensive 'specials' menu. I booked a week in advance and was glad that I had. Every table, bench and window seat was full by the time we arrived at 7pm on a Friday.
The dining area is fitted with a selection of different seating arrangements. There are couches for the relaxed group dinners, long Press-esque benches, bar seating and 2-6 person tables spaciously scattered about.
When it came to choosing what to order we were plagued with some very difficult decisions. The waitress suggested we make two selections from the starters board and a larger meal each to fill our bellies. We decided on the buffalo mozzarella and tomato toss as well as the 'dirty' lentil salad to start with (pictured below).
Dirty Lentil Salad at Peel St
The servings of mozzarella were very generous and had a beautiful texture. The salad dressing was so delicious that we eventually sopped up the juices with a piece of their lightly toasted Turkish loaf. The lentil dish was a mix of unexpected flavours that same together in a filling yet light dish. We were so pleased with the starters that our anticipation was high for the main affair. We spent the interval testing the very entertaining wait staff on their knowledge of wine which ended in a wonderful accompaniment.
Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad at Peel St ($21.500
The first dish to come out was the half serve of chicken ($27) which was enough to feed one very hungry person or three people sharing. I saw the full serve ($47) of chicken being set down at the adjacent table and was not so quietly amazed. It was huge! Set on a chickpea, lentil and yoghurt salad, the dish boasted a very Mediterranean inspired aroma and flavour. Needless to say we almost wish we'd ordered the full serve.
The Half serve of Chicken at Peel St (was much larger than it looks in this photo!) ($27)
The crispy skinned snapper was cooked to perfection and was my personal favourite of the three.
Fish of the Day - Crispy Skin Snapper ($34)
The final dish was a chicken and prawn red curry served with red rice which was a nice touch. It was served with the traditional the cherry tomato and pineapple and left us wanting for more. While it looks like a smaller serve in the photo there were plenty of the ingredients that mattered.
Red Chicken and Prawn Red Curry with Red Rice ($34)
The menu had a range of cheese selections for moderate prices starting at semi-hard to hard to triple creamed varieties (see what they did there?). There were also a couple of desserts on offer but we were just too full to continue! I look forward to returning to this establishment. It was one of the tastiest meals I've had in the CBD and was made even more memorable by the attentiveness of wait staff and the view of Peel St itself. I definitely recommend a visit. I will definitely be returning to sample the rest of the menu!
**The photos were taken at an odd angle and make everything look small... They weren't!