A work colleague told me about Baby Mammoth. She is vegetarian and raved about a cauliflower dish that they made in this funky little bar on William Street.
Baby Mammoth is in the heart of Northbridge, nestled amongst many Asian eateries between Newcastle and Aberdeen Street, it is indeed a funky little bar. Sporting contemporary artwork, intimate booths and mood lighting, you can come here for a first date or a cocktails and shots evening with friends – it is a very versatile venue. They advertise a plethora of international craft beers on a very large chalkboard as well as some innovative cocktails. The menu has a South African flavour and consists of smaller plates and larger plates, designed to be shared.
We were pleased to be given a table for four even though there were only two of us – we like to have room for all of our dishes so that we can eat comfortably. The waitress was very helpful and non-intrusive. We ordered two glasses of Clare Valley Riesling and got down to studying the menu, deciding on two smaller dishes and two larger dishes.
The first dish to arrive was a tuna ceviche. Lots of plump tuna chunks, tomato, corn, red onion, chilli and lime juice – this was a stunning dish with a nice spice level. It really refreshed the palate without being too overpowering.
Then came the smoked fried potatoes with chilli mayo. If you know me, you know that I am a bit of a potato-phile and nothing pleases me more than a perfectly cooked chip, jacket, or roast potato. Well…. baby Mammoth just took it up a level by smoking roast potatoes – who knew? I could have easily eaten the whole plate to myself – very tasty and heartwarming with a definite wow factor.
Next we had the vegetarian bunny chow – lentil curry with pickled cauliflower, cashews and brioche. It was a South African curry, and we chose medium heat. To be honest, when ordering curries, I prefer them to be cooked according to the heat that they naturally should be, and not given a choice of heat strength because this indicates that the chef just uses more or less chilli. I like the appropriate spices to be well cooked throughout the curry, and for it to be presented as they present it in the country of origin. Having said that, this was a nice curry blend, and the lentils were good quality and well prepared. The brioche was soft and luscious.
The last dish to arrive was a triumph. Spiced pork ribs with turmeric and ginger sauerkraut. Boneless and beautifully sticky, they had been cooked to perfection – had I not been so full, I would have ordered another plate of ribs.
So did Baby Mammoth deliver ? Most certainly. I also realise that I didn’t try the cauliflower, date and barley dish recommended by my friend, so I must pay a return visit. There were at least 7 vegetarian options on the menu, and with the extensive drink menu and variety of non-veggie options, there is something here to please everybody.