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Food Friday – cafe review

Hubby arrived home yesterday and as is our ‘routine’ we went out for lunch.  I usually get to choose the place – he’s too tired from travelling and is happy to let me do it.

RedRed is a small cafe located in Salamanca Square. Salamanca Square is located behind (the world-renowned) Salamanca Place, a stones throw from the wharves and Hobart City.  It is located in a disused quarry which is now lined with a hotel and apartment complex. The ground level is occupied with eateries, clothing and gift shops.  There is plenty of room sit and enjoy the ambience and let the kid splay near the central fountain.

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It is understated and classy but not too pretentious. The decor is black and white with splashes of red. Black and white walls and singular tables while bright red booths that would seat about 8 line the walls.
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The pictures on the walls are plain but catch your eye – black and white with a splash of red.
The Paris scene, a couple, the lady in red. The Tower of London with a red double-decker. The Spanish bul fighter with his red cape. And the construction workers high above the city on a beam with a red lunch box (I’m not sure as I didn’t go to look closely)
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The red water bottle. Beautiful against the white table with expensive looking tumblers (I wouldn’t call these glasses)
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The menu us simple yet has a touch of elegance. A small selection of both entrees and mains with an equally small but impressive list of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
We shared the skewered mushrooms as an entree. Hubby went outside his comfort zone and tried a mushroom for the first time. While he didn’t dislike it, he wasn’t going back for more.
They were crumbed (really subtle flavours that complimented the mushroom beautifully) and fried to perfection.  It was served with a mesculen (the peppery lettuce) and a spicy creamy dipping sauce.
These were perfect for two to share, but a little much for me on my own at lunch time.

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Normally we would have separate items for the main, but yesterday we both chose the steak.  It arrived accompanied with the best chips, a little salad and a smoky bbq style sauce. We were told the sauce is the one they have with their sticky pork ribs but were playing switcheroo with the menu.  It would work better with the ribs.  As we chatted, I mentioned mustard, so he brought some out.  Clove Dijon.  Hmm. The dijon part was good, smooth and creamy but the clove aftertaste was not to my liking.  I kept on with the sauce instead.
We ordered our steak medium rare – as always – but given the thickness it could have been a little more on the medium side. Still full of flavour and very tender.

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We finished with a cappucino which had good flavour and (for me) strong enough, but it wasn’t very hot. I like to linger over a good coffee, not be able to gulp it down.
Even the cutlery was red. I would love to have these knives in my kitchen.

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The wait staff waiter was attentive and informative. Eager to make sure everything was good but not getting in the way. Turning up at the right times and always polite.

This is somewhere we will have to return to, but with so many cafes ans restaurants to choose from, who knows when it will be.
Jennifer 🙂

How to make a good cup of coffee….

Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion on coffee.  Instant or the Real deal (which ever way you make it). Milk before or after the water? Milk at all? Strong or Weak (what’s the point then??) X-small to super large cups…

 

(I have been itching to do a post about coffee for a long time but haven’t had the right conversation to post…. I do now)

 

On return from my market Sunday I was in desperate need of a coffee, as usual.  I got caught up so hubby started the process – nothing wrong there, he has finally figured out how to make mine right (if he thinks it looks too strong then it’s pretty good to me).  I then noticed as he got the milk out that he poured milk into his cup, on top of the coffee and sugar, euck.  Well, that started it… ‘how can you drink that, when did you start drinking coffee like that..’ and so on.  He reckons it tastes better, or at least not too bad.  But then again this is the man who rarely has coffee anyway, so he knows nothing.

Personally I hate coffee made this way.  It dilutes the flavour of the coffee and makes it taste icky, weak and too creamy.  I even tell people when I visit, ‘milk after the water please’.

There was also the comment made about ‘it burns the coffee with water first…’ being cheeky of course, but I had to check it out.

To make sure we’re all on the same page here, this is instant I’m talking about.  I would love to have a coffee machine of some sort, it may help me slow down on my caffeine intake. As if!

So I google the idea of ‘burning instant coffee’.  And you know what…. the jury is out on that one.  There were just as many people saying it does as those who say it doesn’t.   And then those that say it makes the coffee bitter.  I’ve tasted bitter coffee at cafes that should know how to make it. So that must be a load of rot.  I also figure that it means my instant isn’t too bad after all.  Coffee is bitter by nature essentially, it’s how it’s processed, blended that makes the difference.  If you are of the milk first persuasion, then of course it would be bitter with milk after….

There is also the coffee itself to take into account.  There are some coffees that really have no right to be called coffee.  Like international roast.  It is the weakest coffee I’ve ever tasted, and certainly doesn’t give any sort of buzz, no matter how strong you make it.  Moccona is ok, but is a creamy gentle flavour of coffee.   Me, I like Nescafe Gold, Dark.  And on occasion, their Short Black.  Full, rich bodied coffee with just enough kick to keep me going, and flavour to enjoy it.  As for cafe’s, I am loyal.  If I find one with nice coffee I return, and make a point of going back for it.
We can also talk about the ‘branded’ coffee places (McCafe, not the ick they make at the regular counter, Gloria Jeans, Banjo’s/Brumby’s, Coffee Club (I don’t have a Starbucks where I live)) and whether their ‘real’ coffee is good enough.  I’ve spoken to some people who have said these coffee’s are just not coffee… and you have to go to a ‘proper’ coffee shop.

With the above, in order of good to bad (experience and local venues, and the ‘hit ‘n’ miss points) I would have to say G J’s, Banjo’s, Macca’s and then Coffee Club (as I haven’t been to the local one yet)

During my mini research, I came across a site called ‘coffee snobs’, OMG, they are serious snobs.  I mean everyone (who drinks coffee) is a coffee snob because (generally speaking) we all have a preferred way to drink/make it.  But these guys make a point of having to ‘put up’ with the office instant, or taking their own coffee pot to their parents’ and ask them to try a new blend so they ‘don’t have to say the instant coffee is crap’  And their opinion on instant… don’t go there!

Or what about the ‘fake’ latte’s – those sachets that you just add water/milk to…

 

Then there is the milk issue.  I only drink skim milk these days, have done for the last 12 years, so it’s the flavour you get used to.  Full cream tastes literally like cream to me, bleugh.  Using after the water for me, helps to cool it a little bit and add flavour, not change the entire make up of the coffee.  Enough milk to make it smooth and creamy but not enough to dilute it, or too little to taste like a black coffee.

 

And don’t get me started on adding flavours… I like vanilla in either a cap on occasion or latte, always a vanilla latte. Depending on my mood and how much I want need the hit.

I’m going to leave this one to you now… I want to know how the coffee drinkers like their brew… and even how many people don’t drink it…

 

Keep drinking,

Jennifer 🙂