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J and I decided to explore more his ‘local’ area (10 minutes away, same diff!) and settled on Dig A Pony for dinner. It goes without saying, there were no ponies here in the restaurant or on the menu. Phew.
Quite a cosy interior. We were here on a Sunday evening so it wasn’t too full, but I can imagine the place filling out on a Friday/Saturday night.
Who knew a napkin could be so inspiring?
Complimentary bread. Which they happily replenished later on with one of our saucy dishes.
Normally when it comes to food, I like to save the best for last. Which is STUPID, because you get full and then you can’t enjoy it. Still, I do it and that makes me stupid I suppose. But here, (although we didn’t know it at the time) the best dish came out first:
Chicken breast - stuffed with sweet capsicum, dates and cheddar cheese, served with a creamy saffron sauce.
Succulent and tender chicken breast with basic herbs. Melted cheddar cheese oozing over the capsicum and dates. They must leave this dish to sit for a while because the chicken soaked up quite a bit of the flavours. And if this wasn’t already perfect, add in the saffron sauce. The creamy saffron sauce. Sold yet? We were when we read that in the description!
Bomba - fried potato croquettes filled with spicy beef mince.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the definition of bomba is an explosion of flavours in your mouth. This didn’t disappoint. Crisp exterior with a soft and flavoursome potato interior.
Minted lamb meatballs - with Italian tomato sauce.
And so while the meal started off so well, this is where is started to go down hill. Only because I have such a finicky palate though…
Although drenched in tomato sauce, I could still detect the lamb taste and had to throw in the towel after one bite. I was happy to eat the bread with the sauce (oh, this is when they kindly refilled our bread) and J was happy to polish off the meatballs.
Baked field mushrooms - topped with proscuitto, sage & goats cheese.
J had turned up his nose when I went ahead and ordered this dish. Strangely enough, he ended up liking it more than I did. I thought the dish was okay but there wasn’t anything special about the taste. J thought the mushrooms were nice and juicy.
Chorizo - pan fried in apple cider & served with mint & picked shallots.
And lastly, another dish that didn’t really stand out. By the time the dish was served, I had forgotten about the pan fried in apple cider bit. I vaguely remember detecting a very very subtle sweetness but didn’t think much of it. It was also a little too oily for my liking. Again, J was very happy to finish it off.
Chicken, big tick in the must-eat-again column. The bombas can go in there too. Definitely worth coming back for.
58 Ballarat St,
Yarraville, Victoria, 3013.