As one of the official bloggers for Eat Drink Perth 2014, I've been spoilt for choice in trying to decide which events to attend and blog on to promote this month-long series of events that celebrate food. Sadly for me I've been in Taiwan and Hong Kong during some of the more exciting events like the food truck rumble, so when I returned I took the last week of April as a chance to eat and eat and eat.
After looking through my passport I spied so many offers that I wanted to try, with one in particular demanding my attention - the Nose to Tail $35 menu at Public House. Throughout April at lunch and dinner they've offered diners the opportunity to deviate from their standard (and what I hear delicious) menu, trying different cuts of pork and pairing it with a Custard & Co apple cider.
I was hoping for a pig's head or ear for a real treat!
Since we've booked in advance, our table has a cute little 'Eat Drink Perth' cactus and sign promoting the reason we're there for the night. I like the special touch!
On the side is a smokey chipotle sauce that gives another dimension of flavour - tying it to the pork dish which has the same sauce drizzled lightly throughout.
Public House's version is a fun and playful use of this ingredient yet respectful of the produce. While the pork is a little tougher than I had hoped for, it's still extremely flavoursome. The crunchy crumb is on point and a welcome garnish.
I love the classic flavour combination of pineapple and pork, so these naturally work together quite well. The pineapple is on the sour side but having that onion salad in gives sweetness to offset the salty pork. There's a good mix of parsley throughout for freshness, and little kernels of sweet juicy corn that again go so well with the other ingredients on the plate.
Apple and pork are very traditional so this is a nice spin on a flavour pairing most of us are used to. I like how laid back the meal feels and at the same time with the lovely presentation and ambience it's a match made in heaven.
Public House's contribution to Eat Drink Perth was definitely a celebration of food. I hope you found some time to try this or any of the other special meals produced for this event. This particular dish was a large and flavoursome meal which is definitely encouraging me to come back and try the regular menu at this restaurant. I've heard their South American inspired dishes are completely different to anything else around and are worth a visit.
Please note that since I'm an official blogger of EDP I was kindly treated to dinner for 2 at Public House by the City of Perth. The opinions in this post have not been influenced by this invitation.