Last Christmas Trent and I were each given a voucher to Crabapple Kitchen in Hawthorn for their Friday Night Flights events. On two Friday nights a month Crabapple Kitchen have travel inspired nights featuring a 5 course tasting menu of food from destinations around the globe.
Our first task was to choose a date and a destination. We could choose between Italy, Spain, Portugal and more. Despite some great sounding options, I couldn’t go past Texas BBQ.
Our Christmas present had a bonus voucher for the high flyers beverage package which included 1 cocktail and 2 glasses of wine per person. We were all set for a great evening!
When we arrived we were seated, given a menu and delivered our cocktail – an aperol spritz. The first two dishes came out quite quickly and arrived together – Lamb ribs (glazed with barbecue coca-cola sauce) and Texan crab cakes (with green tomato jam). Both were reasonably small sizes but full of flavour. The lamb ribs especially were amazing. If I had a spoon I would have scraped the remaining sauce off the plate. It was very sweet, but that’s how it was meant to be – it tasted like a sweet smokey homemade BBQ sauce. The meat fell apart and had a great flavour. The crab cakes were nice and had a good seafood flavour, but weren’t quite as good as the lamb.
Before our next course we chose a glass of wine each – white for Trent and a light red for me. The next course arrived quickly which was hot link sausages with pink pickled slaw and paprika-spiced pork scratchings. Again it was yummy food and a reasonably small serve between two.
Our final dishes arrived together after a short break. We were served Applewood-smoked pork belly with maple baked beans, and Chargrilled brisket with buttermilk scones, corn on the cob and burnt onion ketchup. Somewhere in the middle we had our second glass of wine too (a red each). Both meals were fantastic with a really great smokey BBQ flavour. The buttermilk scones were a little strange, but maybe that’s something they do in Texas!
Even though they were all reasonable small meals, we were pretty stuffed by the end of the 5 courses. However, these was one more item on the menu – pecan pie with chocolate shards and bourbon whipped cream. There was no way I could pass that up so we ordered one to share between us. When it came out it had a great pecan flavour in the pie, and a great bourbon flavour in the cream (and that is from someone who doesn’t even like bourbon). The only downside was that it was very sweet, in fact too sweet.
Overall we had a fun night. I’d highly recommend going on a Friday Night Flight!