Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of ribs.
Let me start by saying that I was kindly invited to Third Wave Cafe, Prahran (there’s one in Port Melbourne too) because of this blog and dinner was on the house. Although the way to my heart is most definitely through my stomach, the post below is in no way skewed because of it.
When I first looked up Third Wave Cafe I soon realised it was right up my alley, their offering was simple: American BBQ and paleo. Although it seems a strange combo, it suited us perfectly. My boyfriend is male (enough said?) so inevitably loves American BBQ and I am a reasonably healthy female with access to instagram so hey, I love a bit of paleo and all that.
The dinner menu was more American, less paleo but understandably so, after all, if paleo was a person she’d be a morning person.
As I imagine is the case with every meal in America, we started with chips. Beer battered, crispy and hot, just the way you want chips to be and surprisingly, not everyone gets this right. Third Wave Cafe nailed it. Despite the reasonably priced cocktail list, it was the interesting beers that caught our eye so one Rogue Dead Guy Ale and a glass of Pinot it was.
Shortly after this (probably a little too quickly) our mains arrived. I guess the beauty of having a menu that is predominantly slow cooked is the flexibility on the flip side when it comes time to serve; however, I personally like to be teased for a little longer. I feel the amount of time you have to wait is directly proportional to the sheer excitement you experience when the waiter arrives at your table with your meals, so this aspect was a little lost here.
Nonetheless, our helpful waiter with oodles of personality popped down half a rack of pork ribs and half a chicken so I certainly wasn’t complaining. Along with the meats came the georgian salad: a wonderful combination of herbs, tomato, cucumber, red onion and vinegar, it was absolutely delicious and the perfect accompaniment to the rich meat dishes.
The pork ribs were sweet, spicy and tasty but not as fall-off-the-bone as I would have liked. The chicken, as the menu rightly warned was “not just another chicken”. It was tender and moist with great flavour and was definitely worthwhile ordering, in fact, I’d go back just for the chicken. The meat dishes were both very satisfying, particularly for a winter’s night but be aware that they are literally just that – meat and 2 sauces to sample – if you want sides, be sure to order them (seriously, get the georgian salad!).
An unfortunate memory that I have from our otherwise lovely dinner at Third Wave Cafe was that I could see the microwave in the kitchen which seemed to be getting used a bit throughout the night . Now, I have no doubt this is the case in most restaurants, it was just a shame that it was right in my line of sight; I’d prefer to be left in the metaphoric dark.
Last but certainly not least, we ordered our version of dessert. Given that we aren’t really dessert people and we still were intrigued with what else Third Wave had to offer, we shared a pulled pork slider. The slider was a hit! Juicy pork, sweet brioche bun and pickles with punch. Thank god we shared this sucker too – it was a big one.
Overall we had a really enjoyable night at Third Wave Cafe. The beers arrived extremely quickly (I don’t understand why that isn’t the case in all restaurants – the quicker the beer comes, the more we drink!) and our waiter was super lovely. It was a coincidence that we booked in for the 4th July but what a perfect way to spend another country’s independence day!
There was no doubt we had a great time but I was surprised that the stand out was the salad and chips when slow cooked ribs were on offer. Having said that, I’ll certainly go back for brekkie to try the paleo goodies and take some of those aforementioned instagram pics.