Juz had covertly planned a big weekend to celebrate five years together. It included accommodation in the city, drinking craft beer and dinner at Fiddler’s Green.
When we arrived at the Waterfront, it was clear to see that the Irish pub was super busy. Most of the tables inside and out were occupied but the hospitable host showed us to a table inside at the back. As we considered the menu, Juz went to the bar for the first round of drinks.
She chose the Coopers Sparkling Ale for Dave because she remembered that he liked it a lot when we were at the brewery in Adelaide, while Juz settled for a bottle of mango beer from the Matso’s Brewery in Broome. These went down a treat while we picked what we wanted. Dave went with the scotch fillet cooked medium and topped with béarnaise while Juz got the chicken schnitzel special.
By the time our meals came out, it was time for another round. Dave went up this time and got Juz a glass of refreshing pinot gris while he got a 500ml stubbie of Hobgoblin from the Wychwood Brewery in England. This full-bodied ruby ale is rich with toffee and chocolate flavours with some mild bitterness and a gentle fizz.
Dave’s scotch fillet looked incredible, especially with the generous serving of béarnaise over the top. He had asked for a medium steak and got a medium steak, which was immediately impressive. It had a smoky, flame-grilled flavour, and the delicate béarnaise provided additional moisture and a little tang. The chips were crisp but needed seasoning, and the salad was fresh and flavoursome with a creamy balsamic dressing.
Juz’s chicken schnitzel special was topped with tomato chipotle sauce, mushroom, bacon and cheese, served with a side of chips and salad. While the tomato sauce tasted a little like BBQ sauce, everything else was thoroughly tasty. The chicken schnitzel was a good size, cooked fresh, and the mushroom, bacon and cheese went really well together.
We were really impressed with the friendly, jolly atmosphere and the casual but proud staff. When Juz asked the manager about the quality of the steaks, she received a response that was quite a surprise – that he trusted his cooks and the quality of the meat they used. Dave’s steak proved this to be true. We were convinced that this place had more to offer than average food and drink.
Two days later, we went back for breakfast. Once again, a friendly host showed us to a table and we quickly chose to share an Irish Breakfast and an Eggs O’Benedict. In the time it took for Juz to go to the bar for a bottle of water, our breakfast was on the table.
The Eggs O’Benedict was the typical muffin slices topped with poached egg, cooked ham and hollandaise sauce. They nailed everything – freshly toasted muffin with gooey egg, savoury ham and subtly tangy hollandaise – and the microgreen garnish provided the perfect touch of alkalinity to break through everything.
The Irish Breakfast included bacon, fried egg, Texan toast, baked beans, black pudding, potato pancakes and a cooked tomato. It looked like a typical big breakfast, except for the black pudding – which just looked like really dark sausage slices. It tasted good, considering it’s made from blood, and the potato pancakes were just little hash browns flavoured with chives.
Despite all the good things about Fiddlers Green, the only disappointment was our coffee – Juz’s soy latte was weak and the milk was badly frothed, and Dave’s macchiato was watery and weak. Other than that, the service, the décor and the food were all fantastic.