Ever since our encounter with that cute suckling piggie in
been infatuated with the crunchy texture of pork crackling and juicy soft pork
meat. It caught our attention when we read the menu at Popolo, a casual Italian
dining restaurant located in Southbank which is surprisingly operated by the
same owner of the Vietnamese-French eatery, Libertine (which I love) that
suckling Pig was on offer. So, it was inevitable that we must try this place
We ventured out to Southbank despite the rain as we were determined to get some porkie into our bellies. We were taken to the only booth table in the restaurant by our lovely waitress, who informed us that she was Italian and that if we had any questions, she’d be happy to answer.
The view of the
from the restaurant was amazing. I couldn’t help myself gazing at the beautiful
sight in front of me with the city as a backdrop, the lights reflecting into
the water and the rain blurring my view to give the whole panorama a soft
focus. Brisbane River
We took very little time looking at the menu and ordered the following:
Pane - fresh ciabatta with Popolo blend olive oil ($6.00) (which by the way in imported from a famous bread making town in
Arancini - tomato and tallegio risotto balls ($15.00)
Sfogliata con funghi e capperi - bocconcini sheet filled with mushrooms, red reduction, fried capers ($12.00)
Lattonzolo e pesche - Kingaroy suckling pig (250g), spiced peach compote, anchovy sauce ($35.00); and
Asparagi e formaggio - grilled asparagus, parmesan ($10.00)
Unfortunately none of those dishes took my fancy. The couple of dishes that arrived before the suckling pig were really bland. Especially the cold bocconcini sheets with mushrooms.
The suckling pig was presented nicely on a wooden board. The pork was sliced into four pieces and topped with peach compote with anchovy sauce on the side. The pig was dripping with fat yet the meat was not as moist as I had hoped and the soft fat under the pig skin was very oily.
The menu items all sounded delicious so it was a shame that we didn’t end up with a great dining experience.