The Cure Tavern and Bar Pop, Northbridge
Claude was lucky to win two tickets to the Afganistan Hidden Treasure exhibition at the WA Museum so we decided to act like tourists and explore Northbridge, as we haven’t been there for quite some time. The exhibition was very interesting and we were quite amazed at the stunning artefacts. After we left there we walked across the piazza and saw a quirky pop up bar. As the sun was shining we thought it would be nice to sit outside and have a drink. The service was friendly but I think it was a bit overpriced for the size of the drinks.
We had a wander around and came across an Irish Pub called The Cure Tavern in Francis Street. Claude bought us some drinks and asked if the kitchen was open yet as it was still early. The barman said it was, but if we wanted they offered a free BBQ out side from 4-6 on Fridays. I think this is a great idea, especially for after work drinks, but we had already decided on a couple of things on the menu. We placed our order, sat back with our drinks and enjoyed the live entertainment.
Claude ordered the 12 Hour slow roast pork belly with pan seared scallops, clonakilty black pudding, sundried tomato & spinach mash, broccoli & apple cider jus ($34.90). I hadn’t tried black pudding before so I had to have a try and I have to say it was really tasty but when combined with the scallops, fantastic. Claude thought meal was good but the pork skin was soft so it was hard to cut and the broccoli was overcooked.
As for my Beef and Guinness pie (Chunks of tender beef, carrots & onions in a rich Guinness gravy topped with golden puffed pastry, served with hand-cut chips $24.90) I couldn’t fault it. The pie was hot and bubbly, the meat tender and the taste was rich and satisfying. The chips were crisp and really tasty. Comfort food at it’s best.
Pub food gets a bad wrap but I think The Cure proves you can still get a very flavourful, satisfying meal at a reasonable price and with entertainment.
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