BirdCage Pan Asian Cuisine | 14 Logan Road, WOOLLONGABBA QLD 4102

A another Friday night came and the bunnies decided to go to Birdcage for dinner with the S family.

I’ve always like the antique precinct in Woolloongabba where Birdcage is located. It has three of my favourite restaurants on one street, The Crosstown Eating House, 1889 Enoteca and Pearl Café. So I had a good feeling about Birdcage, a quaint restaurant that serves pan Asian cuisine.

The restaurant is situated in the Moreton Rubber Works building and the brick walls together with the high ceiling really add some unique touches to the restaurant’s décor.

The menu incorporates flavours that are predominately south-east Asian. For entrées, we had the slow braised beef in star anise, galangal and shaoxing, with Chinese green onion pancakes and chili jam ($17), chicken satay marinated in lemongrass and turmeric with spicy peanut sauce and cucumber relish ($17) and two serves of the salt and pepper squid wok tossed in chilli and garlic with sweet soy and lime ($16). Although the chicken satay wasn’t exactly memorable, both the slow braised beef and the salt and pepper squid left a good impression of the four of us. The beef was so tender and it was drenched in deliciousness, the squid on the other hand provided a lighter balance to our palates.

As for the mains meals, I had the pan seared salmon on tom yum broth with prawn dumplings and oyster mushroom ($32) and the rest of the table had crispy half duck on plum and mandarin sauce with caramelized pineapple and cinnamon ($32) and two serves of the slow roasted pork belly with chilli and tamarind caramel, coconut and snake bean relish ($30). I thought the salmon was cooked to perfection, but unfortunately the salmon soon submerged in the tom yum broth which meant that the crispy skin quickly got soggy and nobody likes soggy fishy skin… that aside, the tom yum broth was yummy and it worked well with the prawn dumplings. As for the rest of the mains, I can only assume that they were just as tasty as all the dishes were left empty. The other travel bunnie did mention that the crispy half duck was a little on the heavy side, as duck is naturally a quite fatty meat and the sauce of plum and mandarin was rich so when combined with the flavours of sweet pineapple and cinnamon, it was probably wise to have something light on the side to balance the flavours.

After the mains, we were too lazy to move to another venue for desserts so two baileys irish cream and organic espresso over vanilla bean ice-cream ($15), a white chocolate, honey and mango panacotta with sesame praline ($16) and a lemongrass and ginger brulee over a pineapple and mint compote ($15) were ordered. The panacotta was definitely the crowd’s favourite and I don’t have much to say about the rest. In comparison to the entrées and the mains, the desserts were less impressive.

Throughout the night, we received really warm and friendly service, despite the fact that one of our waitresses was a trainee and there was a slight hit and miss with the service of food, seeing smiley faces around always make the dining experience a whole lot better.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $295

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