Bloggers' Event @ Okra Restaurant @ Thursday, April 27, 2017
Charlie & Co. dined as guests of Your Social Chef and Okra.
Thursday 20th April
Local gems are here are there, though like a diamond they may be hard to find among all the rhinestones of food porn which look spectacular but taste just like sugar, carbs laden full of artificial colours. From a local gem to hatted restaurant (chef’s hat in the 2016 Gault Millau guide), Okra "blends Thai, Malaysian, and Indonesian dishes into an irresistible Southeast Asian fusion menu" and has been featured in The Age Good Food Guide every year since opening 16 years ago in 2001, and it's not hard to see why.
Hosted by the man behind Okra, Lawrence and Mark of Your Social Chef we were introduced to a delicious array of delights that Okra has to offer.
While Okra looks small it's actually much larger than it appears with seats that go right to the back of the long house shaped restaurant, and there's more seats and a function room upstairs.
The function room upstairs.
Casava crackers & sambal chilli sauce
Khanom jeep - steamed chicken dumplings with yoghurt, soy and aioli
Sate sapi dan ayam - grilled satay beef and chicken skewers
Tangy oyster baked with a tangy salsa
Yum nua yang - thai eye fillet beef salad
Loh bak - beancurd rolls with five-spice pork
Tumis balachan with okra – chilli shrimp paste, fried shallots
This is Okra's namesake and signature dish, though I can't say I'm an okra fan, as it is quite seedy an slimy! Perhaps if you grew up eating it you'd like it though.
Pla sam rod - crispy whole snapper with tamarind, chilli, onion and garlic
While everything was amazing, this one this was the real highlight (of the mains). Fresh snapper with a thai marinade, that contrast of sweet, tangy tamarind with aromatic garlic & onion, though there's so much more to it than just the ingredients listed.
Served with coconut rice it was the bomb! This dish alone sees us returning! Oh and on size, this dish serves at least two. Surprisingly you could order this takeaway too, which we shall do.
Ayam bakar - Indonesian style grilled chicken
Lamb curry special with homemade roti chanai
In comparison to everything else we had the lamb curry paled, though normally holds its own light, being a classic winter dish. Mopped up with fresh, light and beautiful roti chanai. The flavours hit the right notes, the balance of creamy, spicy without being hot. I loved the eggplant which soaked up all the flavours.
We're on our way to over indulging, though the secret is just to eat a little of everything (except the salad, I totally devoured that), or run. Room for dessert? Always!
Dessert Platter (Perfect Sampling for 3-4 People)
Sago pudding tapioca topped with gulaa melaka and coconut cream (circle)
Sticky black rice with palm sugar syrup (square)
Durian, green tea, jackfruit and vanilla ice cream
What do you pick when you can't decide? A bit of everything to share! A fusion of a platter with fruits, ice cream and two classics.
Served warm the sticky rice and sago pudding covered in a coconuty caramel custard was creamy and with just the right sweetness, the contrast of textures and temperatures was a delight to the taste buds.
The real highlight was the durian ice cream, made in house unfortunately you can't buy this by the pint *devastated, hook me up if you know a durian dealer* using Musang King Durian this is the real deal. But if durian isn't for you there's a mid-strength green tea, and the classic vanilla.
A burst of flavour and delights summons up our evening at Okra tonight. Small bites with big flavour, everything from entrees to dessert was superb! While prices reflect the area and quality it is well worth the price.
Our recommendations? The oysters, satay skewers, and fish if we had to pick our top three. But lets add the salad and roti to the must try list as sides.
Located opposite the Rivoli Movies near Camberwell Junction, Okra's easy to get to with ample parking. On Sundays Okra offers a Malaysian Hawker style feast, with mains from $13 with a large variety to choose from, almost all the dishes are under $20 too. We can't wait to return soon!
Hi. I'm Charlie. Capricorn. ISFJ. An Events Planner. An American, San Franciscan in Melbourne.
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