Thursday, December 20, 2012

Truck Stop – “Ahhhh.. The Space ♥ ”

Restaurant: Truck Stop
Address: Level 1, Beach Road Hotel, 71 Beach Road Bondi Beach
Cuisine: Japanese-American Fusion

Social media has become an increasingly powerful marketing instrument – with the exception of Instagram where people are claiming to abandon it once its new “regulation” takes place next year. When finding out about TruckStop from twitter, we want to try it out immediately because we LOVED the food from Eat Art Truck mmmm… the pulled pork....

It took us awhile to find this restaurant, which is located upstairs of Bondi Hotel, we circled the downstairs bar in search of TruckStop, after failing to locate the restaurant, we asked a barman (which is probably what we should have done in the first place). But us silly girls should have read the address correctly which clearly stated LEVEL ONE.

Gotta love this spacious venue! Sometimes dining in tight places makes the dining experience less enjoyable, though often the quality of food compensates it. We were greeted by friendly staff who explained to us that the foods are meant to be shared. Just from looking at the menu, it reflects what ex- Tetsuya sou-chef Stuart McGill is famous for – Japanese-American Fusion!

Japanese Style Spinach, Tofu and Sesame $10

As we were told that the food are for sharing size, when this dish came, we were quite surprised as it was rather small (don’t let the picture fool you). The flavours were refreshingly light and the tofu was silky smooth.

Fried Chicken and Watermelon $18

This was highly recommended by one of the staffs, it is fried chicken two ways – Southern and Japanese. Sometimes ordering fried chicken is a risk because it might end up really dry, but this is definitely not the case for TruckStop! The meat was succulent for both versions, I can keep eating it all day! The Southern styled chicken was a tad spicy and the Japanese version goes well with their sauce. This dish is definitely a must try!

Grilled Prawn, Coddled Egg, Corn Bread and Pork Floss $22

The prawns were perfectly cooked, too bad there’s not too much to share amongst the four of us. The corn bread was moist, light and delicious.
We were only told after we finished the prawns that the coddled egg for dipping the prawns! We didn’t know how to share the egg, so we all just politely left it there – next time we’ll know what to do with the egg..

Hot Smoked Pork Belly, Molasses and Sansho Glaze $20

Oh pork belly – I love you so much that nearly everytime I see it on a menu I have to order you! The meat was tender and the fat just melts in your mouth. The sweetness from the molasses was a good match with the pork belly.

Southern Style Blackened Snapper and Peppers $22

If you like your peppers (capsicums) then this is your dish! I only have a TINY bit of the peppers puree to try the taste and unfortunately it repeated on me the whole night :(

I’m so glad that Eat Art Truck permanently stopped its “branch” here, as much as I like the trucks, it can be inconvenient to go to if it’s raining (like the day we went to TruckStop). This is a great place for a casual dinner especially if you are going with a large group! And ordering that fried chicken is highly recommended.

So.. Does capsicum repeat uncomfortably on you like it does to me? Or is there other foods that will make you repeat? And... are you going to abandon Instagram ?


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