Take my advice if you're looking for a lovely meal out and don't mind somewhere with a bit of noise - go to The Pot Food and Wine. It is like taking a step into a melting pot of deliciousness. It could be seen as a bit pretentious but we got lovely service and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The food was very good and while the servings weren't huge they were definitely enough. Besides, the size of the main meant we still had a little room for a delectable dessert. I'd go back for this alone. However, my dining partner of this evening wants to try the burger that I had and I want to try the snapper so we will be back for more than just the dessert. That's always a good sign about a place when you're already planning your next visit while you're still there.
It's a pretty hip kind of place, and it sizzles with a life of its own. As I said at the start it's a bit loud in there - not really the place to go for a heart to heart. I didn't take many photos of the interior because the flash going off was completely wrong for this place. There's specials written on brown paper on the walls and funky little art pieces. We had a long table and it had a moose candle-holder that I was dying to get a picture of but couldn't as there were other people dining and the flash would've disturbed them. It was also really nice and warm without being uncomfortably hot. This might sound strange but I hate when I'm hot or cold in a place but The Pot's temperature was, as Goldilocks would say, just right.
I ordered the 'Pot' burger with caramelised onion, gorgonzola and paprika fries. It was delectable. The mince is made there and as such, like when you order a steak you can choose how you'd like it cooked. Although when ordering it took me a while to realise what the guy was talking about. The burger was delicious and I'm not always a huge fan of gorgonzola but the mix of the flavours worked really well.
My dining partner ordered twice cooked caramel pork belly with paw paw salad and peanut nam jim. I don't really like pork belly but sampled the caramel sticky sauce and it was divine, and the salad was wonderful too. He thoroughly enjoyed everything, and even commented that it was probably even better than he was giving it credit for.
We didn't have a booking but they were able to squeeze us in. It was pretty busy there though. I managed to snap a quick shot of one of the window tables that overlooks King William Rd though just after a couple of diners had left.
For dessert we shared the peanut butter parfait, salted caramel, chocolate sorbet and peanut brittle. Oh my word. This was divine too. I wouldn't have thought peanut butter parfait would be so good, but again the flavours all worked together so well. Oh, I could eat it again now, that's for sure.
It was sometimes hard to catch the eye of one of the wait staff to ask for something or to order dessert but this is forgivable as they were busy. It's only when staff are doing nothing and neglecting me that I get annoyed. Also, once we did manage to get their attention we were never kept waiting long for whatever we'd requested. And as I said, they were friendly, one of them even telling me to forget about my cutlery and dig in with my hands. The biggest test is whether I'd return and when I say that I can't wait to go back and try something else, I mean it. So they pass that test with flying colours. Whatever I choose for a main though, I think I'll be ordering that fabulous dessert again.
Kathleen, I had the degustation at The Pot and it was 'fun' as we did not know what dish to expect. The chefs were able to accommodate our dietary requirements like things we could not eat and if there was a particular dish we really wanted. About half the plates served very pretty good, the rest average. I liked the souffle dessert (if that is still on the menu)