Hidden away on 215 Macquarie Street, Dubbo Two Doors Café Restaurant has carved out a niche as a veritable Spanish restaurant.
On a nice Tuesday evening, we made our way through the carved wooden doors of the Two Doors Café Restaurant, weaving our way through the cosy under the sky sitting arrangements in the backyard into the interior of the restaurant. A friendly waiter greeted us with a smile and whisked us to a table and left us with a leather-bound tapas menu.
The menu was humble in size but held many surprises in its limited offerings. Juices started flowing in our mouth as we slowly perused the menu, which was clearly designed for sharing with every dish being made to be ordered 'full' or half'. Decision-making proved more challenging than we had anticipated but we were finally successful in placing our orders to the polite and attentive waiter.
The dimly lit restaurant had old, sandstone walls with much of the old architecture left untouched. One part of the restaurant had an impressively stocked bar while black wood tables and plastic chairs dotted all over the sitting area. It was only 6pm and was very quiet allowing us to soak up the mellow vibe.
Our first dish, antipasto plate, did not take long to arrive. The generous 'full' antipasto plate ($28) comprised of spiced mushroom, mixed olives, camembert, cheddar, prosciutto and crackers. The camembert was clearly the winner of the lot. The soft, creamy, butter-soft cheese was sumptuous and in conjunction with the prosciutto and crackers with the occasional addition of the cheddar made for a delightful entrée. The olives were fresh and the spiced mushroom was tasty.
As we devoured the antipasto plate, the 'full' Spanish style chicken wings ($16) made its appearance. The simple presentation of the wings did not inspire much interest. However, as I tentatively sampled one chicken wing I experienced a truly 'melt in the mouth' moment. The tender chicken meat disappeared in the mouth leaving behind a mild lingering taste of paprika. The thick yoghurt dipping sauce was a tad too tangy for my liking. Suffice it to say that we savoured every single chicken wing.
While the above dishes delighted my senses, the highlight of the evening was indubitably the 'half' soft shell crab ($15). This dish got 9 out of 10 for exquisite presentation. Filled with enthusiasm and excitement, I slowly took a bite of the soft shell crab. The crunchy shell revealed soft flesh infused with Szechuan pepper and immediately proved to be a big hit with my palate. Within minutes I had finished the crab and turned my attention to the flavoursome snow pea sprout salad with mint and coriander. A foodie delight, I was absolutely smitten by this fabulous dish and secretly regretted for not opting for the 'full' dish.
The 'half' slow-roasted pork belly ($15) was the last on our list. The crunchy crackling was slightly salty while the meat was tender and somewhat dry. This dish was tasty but paled in comparison to the other dishes.
We washed down the food with white wine sangria, half litre costing $10. The beautiful, yellow sangria oozed fruity flavours and was smooth and delicious.
Our bill came up to be $83, quite cheap given that we had enjoyed 4 dishes and half a litre of sangria in a delightful restaurant. By the time we had taken our leave from Two Doors, night had fallen and the place had filled up with laughing and chatting patrons, people who had gathered there like us to enjoy a memorable and lip-smacking dinner.