Don’t Tell Mama // Doncaster

Recently I came by Don’t Tell Mama again and thought I’d do a blog post! The main thing I like about Don’t Tell Mama is that it’s one the larger sized Korean restaurants in the suburbs. I’d usually book just in case but because it can cater a lot of people it’s not usually fully booked. I’ve tried a number of things from the menu and I’d recommend sticking to their ‘Stir-Fried Meal’ section because they’re pretty tasty and it comes with a bowl of rice. I’ve tried items from the menu from each section (except lunch) and I’ve just found the other things to be more disappointing.dtm-tt-1
Lovers -Sharing Dolsot Bibimbab For 2 // $26
You can choose your choice of meat from pork, prawn, beef, chicken, tofu etc. We chose the prawn and I was pretty disappointed by the bibimbab. It’s quite average and the taste is extremely plain. There’s not much flavour unless you DIY and eat it with other dishes. It’s okay as a ‘side’ but if you did order this as your own main I think you’d feel quite disappointed by the lack of flavour and seasoning. The plus side is that if you are someone who cares a lot about health then I’d recommend getting this dish. Most of the menu items at Don’t Tell Mama are pretty oily except for this one.dtm-tt-2
Beef Bulgogi // $16dtm-tt-3
Mild Pork Bulgogi // $16
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Poachers Pantry, NSW (Gungahlin ACT) Canberra Visit

PP TT (1)Today’s post is about my recent visit to Poachers Pantry. Poachers Pantry began as a small family business and has now grown from a producer of gourmet smoked meats to include a Smokehouse Cafe, Wily Trout cool climate wine range, farm shop, cellar door and a rustic wedding location*.There is more information about their business on it’s website. This was a bit of a detour from central Canberra (approx 40 minutes drive) but definitely a great drive with nice views.PP TT (2)Poachers Pantry’s menu and website can be accessed through here: TT (5)Pork cheeks braised in master stock with kimchi and cuttlefish (df) $34
It was so hard to choose what to order because their menu had so many different options and their speciality smoked plates. However, I ended up deciding on the pork cheeks because I had a glimpse of their smoked platter at Adore Tea (which was great) and thought I’d try something new instead.
The pork was cooked very nicely and had a soft chewy texture. I thought the combination of kimchi would taste a little strange but it was a surprisingly good combo. However the seasoning of the meat and the sauce was far too salty for the average person. I used the kim chi and rice to try and cut down on that saltiness but obviously there just wasn’t enough of that compared to the meat (which is meant to be the star of the dish anyway). It was quite disappointing but everything else tasted nice so it was just such a shame that the sauce let it down. PP TT (3)Moules frites with smoked garlic and herbed polenta chips (gf) $32PP TT (4)The mussels was great – very fresh and good flavour combination. The serving size may look a little big, but it’s perfect for one person and the polenta chips are a good change from your usual fried potato chips.  PP TT (6) Poachers Pantry also sells a wide extensive range of products such as a wine (including a free tasting – if you’d like to order wine for your meal). PP TT (7)
They sell jams, chutney, vinegar, smoked meats etc. PP TT (8)The outside of the cafe is also very beautiful. It’s really quite a breath of fresh air and beautiful plants.

I would definitely come back but I would probably just stick to their smoked platters because that’s what their highly well known for. I did have a really great time though, as I said everything else on my dish was great and I’m willing to give them a second chance. The staff were also very friendly and I received great service.

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