23 September 2013
Sunday night was another coupon date! Our $53 deal for two people included an entrée and main each, but I’ve included the regular prices for each dish that we selected. Easy online booking process and the staff were very accommodating when we realised that we actually forgot to print out the coupon.
Our waitress poured glasses of chilled water while we browsed the drinks list. No deviating from our mission - we’re bargain hunters! We stuck with the free water, placed our food order, and the first course arrived within 15 minutes.
Marinated prawn skewers ($16)
Boy, were we impressed by the first dishes! Each skewer had 4 small, perfectly cooked, juicy prawns. Despite my love of all things tasty and fatty, I preferred to enjoy the delicate garlic and herb flavours of the prawns without the fancy mayonnaise. Yummm. The light salad had some tomato salsa and a few small bits of sweet, squishy mango.
Sea salt and Szechuan pepper squid ($18)
The salads were different for each entrée - talk about attention to detail! This plate had an Asian herb salad with a thick, sweet dressing which paired perfectly with the delightful pieces of salt and pepper squid. Loved the unusual flavours of sweet soy and star anise, which turned this staple menu item into something fantastic. Lovely, light, crunchy batter with supple fresh squid pieces. My only complaint is that I twanged myself in face because the kitchen didn’t remove the stringy membrane from the squid.
Pork belly ($32)
My slow roasted pork belly arrived sitting on sweet potato mash and buttered bok choy. While I enjoyed the mash with the tasty juices swimming about the bottom of the plate, I wasn’t sold by the bland Asian vegies. Apricot and fig chutney is tasty, but this dish probably had too many sweet flavours. The pork belly itself was hit-and-miss with a slightly dry bottom layer, while the top layer was half chewy and half awesome crackling. However, it’s quite a generous serving!
Porterhouse steak ($38)
There was a generous 300g serving of meat, plenty of sweet and softened cherry tomatoes, and mushroom pieces. The mashed potato was tasty but I would have preferred it to be smoother and creamier. We chose the peppercorn sauce which tasted wonderfully meaty and rich, nothing like the Gravox powder that I use at home! The kitchen slightly overcooked the steak because it arrived medium, rather than medium-rare, but thankfully it was still tender and juicy.
The restaurant is sparsely furnished and was a little cold inside, but otherwise was comfortable. Nothing particularly fancy on the dessert list, so we held back, but we were also pretty full. Service was friendly and attentive, plus they provide free water without me needing to ask!
The regular prices for a two-course meal at Breezes on Como will set you back about $50 per person. We really enjoyed some of the food there and it’s possible I would return just for the awesome salt and pepper squid.
Likes: salt and pepper squid, prawn skewers
Dislikes: underwhelming pork belly, despite the large serving size
Value for money: average (unless you have a coupon)
Overall: would return with another discount, but probably not otherwise
137 Melville Parade
(08) 6161 2905