Saturday night’s dinner had been planned for a few weeks. After our Smoque outing it took about a week to agree to dinner at Elk and Pea. Funnily enough I suggested Elk and Pea because of the review that T1 had written for In The Taratory. In my mind (poor memory) T1’s review was for dinner and I recall her writing a good review except for the knives.
I didn’t want to mix up my water and the hot sauce.
For dinner I chose two dishes. I started with the corn and zucchini fritters and then the goat enchilada. The corn and zucchini fritters consisted of spiced fritters, plus a sweet and sour pepita sauce. The enchilada had slow braised goat wrapped in corn tortillas, corn puree goats feta. As a table we asked for two serves of the corn and zucchini fritters so we could share them.
The corn and zucchini fritters were really very nice.
Two of us asked for the goat enchiladas. Each serve has two enchiladas and this plate had three. They ran out of enchiladas so they gave us one for free and suggested we order another meal. This meant that others like twitter friends James Connor @DocConnor and Frala Fontaine @frala_fontaine who were at another table missed out. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to chat. Maybe another time at a tweetup.
We asked for one of the specials, viz., soft shelled crab with plantains.
I enjoyed the Peruvian pine for dessert. The dessert consisted of cane sugar, pineapple, coconut cream, pine crisps.
You can see the large pineapple ring with coconut cream and the smaller core of cane with berries and pomegranate seeds. I was given a tea spoon to eat it. I ended up chasing pieces of pineapple and sugar cane around the plate until Meredith found a fork for me.
The custard had a smooth runny consistency. It was delicious. Click on the image to see the Instagram banter. Apologies for those with weak stomachs.
All in all it was a pretty good meal. As usual the company was exceptional with lots of laughing and stories to tell.
Danny couldn’t make it and sent Nat an image of his lamb shank dinner. Nat was a little jealous and this image was sent to Danny.
The evening was interesting in many ways. We had a good sturdy table setting. No wobbly tables. We were seated next to the front door. The weather was cold (yes welcome to a Canberra summer evening) and the breeze was bracing. I don’t know how the people seated outside enjoyed their meals. The wait staff were polite and friendly although they weren’t really that attentive. The person who took our main order memorised the entire order which was pretty impressive, however, the story about the shortage of enchiladas wasn’t communicated with us until the plate had been served and we had asked for the second plate. This really confused me.
The main meals came out pretty quickly although in an odd order. We had asked for the corn and zucchini fritters to come out first so we could share them. The mango and chicken salad came out first for Tanya and then after about ten minutes the corn and zucchini fritters were served. There was about a thirty minute delay between the main meals and dessert. This wasn’t a problem but seemed to be a long time given the experience earlier with rapid delivery.
Would I go back? The food was really nice. I’d go back for the food. The restaurant was noisy and I could hardly hear what was being said. The confusion with the enchiladas was disconcerting. The service was okay and they get points for not taking away our plates while we were still eating. I don’t know, it’s not going to be a favourite place. I may go back but it wouldn’t worry me if I didn’t.
All in all I enjoyed a good night out. I’m glad I ate at Elk and Pea for dinner.
- Breakfast at The Elk and Pea (inthetaratory.wordpress.com)