We were recently invited by The Maid Hotel to check out the new lunch menu and a few new cocktails ready for the Aussie summer ahead! There were a few new dishes to try though some were plated up for photos but not served for tasting at all on the day. Meanwhile some were served to us in a one-bite spoon but not plated so I couldn’t show you the photos. One that I was looking forward to trying was the Southern Fried Chicken Burger that looked right up my burger alley. Sadly this never made it out to us so I had a little cry in the corner.
The free-range chicken with blue cheese and ‘pumpkin and sage’ arancini balls also looked quite nice but I cannot comment on the flavour as we never got to try it. Maybe next time. A dish that did catch my eye with its vibrant colour was the Hendricks cured Tasmanian salmon. It almost looked like beef with its vibrant red hue. The gin flavour was very subtle though still a clean taste which will suit the warmer months very well. This came with salted baby capers, dill and crème frache.
The iconic Aussie meat was on offer with Paroo Kangaroo fillet that was cooked medium-rare. This was served with herb and sour cream, duck fat roasted kipfler potatoes and finished with radish and snow pea tendril. A good piece of meat cooked right is always a crowd pleaser! Vietnamese Pork Belly looked good as I have been having a lot of banh mi lately. The flavour was nice and I did like the coriander and mint that cut through that porky richness. I am a stickler though for a crunchy crackle which was not present.
I was getting a little parched so I ordered the Lattini that was described as a Farmers Union iced coffee but better. It was refreshing though not really an iced coffee as it had no milk but it cooled down my brow on that warm spring morning. The others on offer are the Red Lady (gin, raspberries, citrus, Cointreau, egg whites), the Basil Smash (basil, gin, citrus, sugar) and the Lemon Splice (vanilla massa limoncello, licor 43, fresh cream).
The outdoor seating had a great summer feel to it with relaxed seating and atmosphere. I can see it as a great venue for after work drinks before a big weekend!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as guests of The Maid
The Maid Hotel
1 Magill Road