Another of the many new outlets in the impressive Whitford City dining precinct, Hunter and Barrel (they have outlets, too, in Sydney and Melbourne) is a celebration of all things meat, although there are some choices for seafood lovers and even vegetarians, but the centre point of the place is meat and slow cooked at that.
Casual, but stylishly set up, Hunter and Barrel has a solid, if not that inspired, wine list – and Western Australian wines are few and far between which is disappointing – while they have a small, but interesting range of beers on tap –and Little Creatures at least flies the WA flag.
Anyway to the food – starters include crispy chicken wings, fried squid, Farmers snags with relish, and a variety of burgers and salads. From the Coals and Grills selection you could choose a variety of steaks, ribs, skewers, while other dishes include half a roasted chicken, chilli garlic prawns, a sausage platter, lamb shoulder, beef and ale pie and salmon with horseradish. Sides include thick cut chips, mushrooms with garlic butter, creamy mash, roasted corn and chopped green salad. They also offer a good choice of sauces – pepper, mushroom, garlic butter, chilli and aioli.
The dishes ordered covered a miscellany of those available and provided a fine indication of the quality of the food, and the presentation.
Kicking off, the freshly baked pie had a nicely browned and crisp crust, juicy and succulent meat, with richly flavoured and well-seasoned gravy. The chips were again crispy, floury and very moreish.
The rump steak charred with salad was cooked to order, retaining a pleasant pinkness, the meat as with all of the dishes tried – tender, juicy and well-seasoned.
This description flowed through to the extremely well turned out roast Lamb shoulder with minted yoghurt and flat bread, redolent of Middle Eastern cuisine.
The chicken skewer with barbeque spice rub was an impressive sight – a generous serve indeed.
Pork belly burger with coleslaw and Asian dressing hit all the markers required of a burger, while the Asado beef ribs with barbeque sauce were a testament to slow cooking – meltingly tender meat slipping off the bones.
Very efficient and professional waiters, excellent service in a comfortable and classy environment, all added up to a great evening. The food is very good quality, and well-priced – with the caveat of the wine list, Hunter and Barrel is hitting all the markers, especially for the carnivores among us.