For a street I’ve never even heard of, Peel St is crazy busy with a booked out Monday lunch. For the non-bookers the only option was to sit on the bench with stools but it was no problem for us. We had our own open window with waitresses popping by every now and then to scare us :P
Peel St is a fusion of Modern Australian with Asian and Middle Eastern flavours. The shakshuka contained poached eggs in a tomato based sauce, feta and veggies but was very overpowering in spices. The one bite from the veggies I had was so bitter pretty much ruined the dish for me. D enjoyed this (and didn’t come across the bitter veggie) so it may sit better with you than me :) Loved that Turkish bread though!
Shakshuka with Grilled Turkish Bread
When they say salad they mean a salad – fresh bites of coriander and refreshing cucumber with sweetness coming from sliced apples and orange pieces. Asian fusion is kicking in as everything had a subtle Vietnamese squid sauce taste. The sour grapefruit was a big turnoff as it made everything taste bitter. Even after all this good for us salad, D and I just dug through it all to find the meat. The duck was tender and juicy whilst scallops were so soft that they broke away at each bite. Sadly there were only about 5 slices of duck and 3 scallops. Not bad but I would replace most of this salad for meat.
Salad of Tea Smoked Duck, Seared Scallop, Ruby Grapefruit, Chilli & Ginger ($33)
My meat prayers were answered when out came a stack of Vietnamese grilled beef. Crispy charred beef with a tender inside paired perfectly with the finger licking vinegared onion and chilli jam dressing. You see the small cut up pieces on the side? They had an outer layer of fat and when popped into the mouth the fat and meat just melded away into pure awesome.
Vietnamese Grilled Beef with Vinegared Onion & Chilli Jam Dressing ($36)
A fusion either works or it doesn’t work – Peel St left me confused and at these high prices I want to feel more than this. Although I loved the Vietnamese grilled beef, the tea smoked duck and shakshuka left me feeling pretty flat.