Mr P. and I set off for a quick lunch at this local restaurant recently. It is a casual space, in a tiny shopping precinct, but with a large outdoor dining area. The young lady serving was very charming and helpful. Service was prompt and pleasant. Mr P. chose Mapo Tofu, a milder, Japanese version of a Szechuan dish which is originally very hot and spicy. This has lots of tofu and vegetables in a lightly spicy sauce.
|Mapo Tofu $14|
Hubby enjoyed this vegetarian dish. The green beans were crunchy, just the way we both like them. He loved the sauce on the tofu; the corn was fresh and sweet, the mushrooms flavoursome, and the pumpkin was deliciously sweet and roasted. I know this dish looks a bit strange and quirky, but Mr P. was fond of it. Kind of an odd mix to go with tofu, but everything tasted fine.
|chicken karaage salad $12|
I chose the chicken karaage salad, served with corn, tomato, leaves, cucumber and red onion. Tasty and fresh, you could probably call it healthy:=) Here we have succulent, battered pieces of fried chicken, served on a fresh salad, including that sweet, fresh corn. This is great value, and perfect for a light lunch.
|beer battered chips $7|
The chips were crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. You can't go wrong when ordering these. They were also extraordinarily long! It almost made us laugh, thinking of those incredibly long potatoes growing somewhere. So all up, a tasty, cheap and cheerful lunch. But wait, there's more...
Feeling lazy one night, we decided to get the ubiquitous Uber Eats to bring us takeaway from Iron Pan. (How many Uber Eats riders can there be in one city on a given night? Answer: many.) Not all the menu is available for delivery but you can get fried chicken and burgers and salad and desserts, which we did:=)
|salad $5/beer battered chips $7|
Nice fresh salad, and you know the chips are good.
|crispy chicken karaage burger $18/roast veg. curry $14|
Not much to say here. The burger was fine, though why the soft buns? Man, I like real buns, hard, manly buns...Ooh ooh never mind all that. Here we have lettuce, cheese, tomato, fried chicken on a bun - yay! Perhaps some pickles or salad would have been a nice addition though. Hubby liked his mild curry, and the odd boiled egg. There was rather a lot of rice, compared to sauce...
|tiramisu $7/chocolate fondant $7|
I know, not very Japanese but delicious. Soft and creamy tiramisu; chocolatey, gooey fondant. Yum.
And then there was dinner - a few weeks later, we went out for a mid-week meal à deux. We started with chicken gyoza, which were fine. You can't go past a cute little dumpling, dipped in soy sauce. But we had to fight over the last one. I wish servings were made to suit the table. Anyways, a minor gripe.
|chicken gyoza $10|
I chose the prawn omelette rice for my main. This was a very filling meal, and I asked to take home a doggie bag, which they happily supplied. In fact, the waitress said to me she had been very worried that I hadn't liked it! Very sweet of her.
|prawn omelette rice $18|
This was filling and tasty. The thin omelette surrounds a large amount of rice, in a cute package. I enjoyed the roast pumpkin, and the (slightly too) crunchy green beans. The fresh corn was a sweet pop in the mouth. My doggie bag gave me a great lunch the next day.
|teri burger $15|
Mr P. was a little disappointed with his burger. He felt it needed something extra, rather than just lettuce and cheese. He liked the tangy, Asian-inspired sauce on the pattie, but would have liked tomato or pickles, or something to give it a bit more pizazz. The meat pattie was excellent; the burger not too sweet (as they often tend to be these days). The whole dish was very plain, as you can see. Chips were great, he said; crispy outside and soft inside.
|ginger beer $4.50 for him/prosecco $10 for moi|
All up, we had a tasty, casual dinner, at a great price. What Iron Pan lacks in ambience, it makes up for with a great value, tasty meal. And good service. (Would love to see a bit of Japanese decoration here. Or maybe that's too kitsch?) Nevertheless, we will be back.
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|a lunchtime shot of the terrace|
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