2 May 2014
An awesome buzz runs through me when I uncover new food discounts from my compulsive daily scans of deal websites. I booked dinner at Belasyse in Shafto Lane with a 50% food discount.
We opted for a table near the fountain in the courtyard area. Best to make the most of mild weather before the evenings get too chilly. The waiter brought us chilled tap water and we ordered a few tapas and a main to share. I also noticed weekday specials which I expect could be quite popular, such as half-price pizza (with drink purchase).
King prawns, coconut, chilli and kaffir lime ($16)
I expect a lot from prawns that would normally cost more than $5 a pop. The gooey coating had a nice tangy flavour (unsurprisingly, I couldn’t taste any chilli), but I didn’t enjoy the chunky dessicated coconut around the outside of each prawn. Nothing amazing, so I wouldn’t bother ordering this one if I visited again.
Crispy local squid and red pepper coulis ($14)
Green vegies managed to sneak their way into my meal, but I mostly dug around them to grab the squid rings. The tender squid was lightly seasoned but sadly the batter wasn’t crispy at all. It was quite strange paired with the very sweet and rather overpowering gloopy red pepper purée.
Glazed chicken wings and dipping sauces ($16)
I don’t often buy chicken wings because there’s nothing too exciting that you can do with them (exceptions: crazy spicy wings at Outback Jacks and all-you-can-eat wings at Little Lamb Hotpot). Unfortunately, the wings had a strong unappetising chicken taste because the seasoning was minimal and bland. Similarly, the chilli mayo dip was mostly flavourless and I didn’t enjoy the blue cheese dip. The restaurant owner has informed me that they have created a new recipe for the wings, which seems like a good idea to me.
Handmade pumpkin gnocchi, lamb ragout and sage butter ($28)
Honestly, it was a relief to see the last of the tapas. The gnocchi was made from a mixture of potato and pumpkin. I enjoyed the softer bite and the crispy fried side on each piece. Little lamb morsels made the sauce rich and meaty. It reminded me of the slow-cooked lamb from the Victoria Quay night markets. I reckon sweet roasted cherry tomatoes would taste pretty awesome in this hearty dish.
Apple and rhubarb crumble and ice cream ($9)
We waited 10-15 mins for dessert to arrive, but it was the low point of our meal. I imagined a thick dry crumble over gooshy apple and rhubarb slices served piping hot in a ramekin dish (like the one I recently drooled over at Arc of Iris). No joke, I was so disappointed to see our dessert: hunks of stewed fruit were slopped on a plate and sprinkled with a few measly crumbs *sadface*. The strongly-flavoured ice cream reminded me of the weird aniseed and cinnamon ice cream from Blue Myth Greek.
Our meal would normally have cost over $40pp without drinks. Service was friendly enough on the night. However, the restaurant owner has since abused me via email for leaving my personal review on Dimmi which included both positive and constructive comments.
In his words: “You come into my restaurant with a 50% discount, ONLY drink water and expect the world.”
He demanded that I delete my Dimmi review. I refuse.
He is entitled to serve expensive and average food. I am entitled to voice my opinions and provide feedback.
Likes: lamb gnocchi
Dislikes: rude and arrogant owner, bland chicken wings, overpriced prawns, disappointing apple and rhubarb crumble
Value for money: below average
Overall: would not return, especially after the owner abused me via email
Shop 4, Shafto Lane
(08) 9481 2126