Spathe Public House first made its blip in my food radar with its "Mammoth Signatures" concept. Who doesn't love ordering plates of food twice the size of your head? Can't deny that the idea is to share la, but it's always open to you to knock your friends out.
Spathe Garlic Fries, $8++ - The garlic fries were served first, and right off the bat we knew this place was going to be a keeper. Freshly fried strips of potato infused with the smokey aroma of roasted garlic, and lightly dusted with paprika powder... mmm. These were ridiculously moreish, and I actually prefer them to the (usually poorly cooked) truffle fries that have suddenly become a thing in hipster restaurants these days.
Sous Vide Spanish Octopus Salad, $42++ for mammoth portion (feeds 4 to 6) - The salad here at Spathe was nothing short of amazing. The octopus was perfectly grilled and pleasantly chewy. Citrusy notes from orange slices went well together with the tangy mustard vinaigrette dressing used, and both lifted the overall flavour of the salad without being overpowering. $42++ gives you a mammoth portion, which fed the 4 hungry girls in my party very well. Individual servings available at $22++.
Mohammed Sultan Meter Dog, $18++ for an individual portion - If the individual portion's anything to go by, I can say for sure that I'll be back for the metre long version. The veal and chicken wurst encased in the buttered bun was incredibly juicy, fulfilling the basic requirement for any self-respecting dog. Drizzled with wasabi mayonnaise and specked with what appeared to be paprika powder as well (which is what I call any orange colored powder, by default), the lightly curried wurst was just a little spicy. I would have liked for the sweetness of the caramelized onions to be tamped down a little, though.
Spathe Australian Angus Burger, $22++ - Spathe also does a great burger. The handmade beef patty tasted fresh, tender and juicy. Together with a fried egg, red pepper chutney and a brioche bun, it was an exquisite combination. Cajun spiced fries served on the side were decent, but definitely paled in comparison with the addictive garlic fries we'd polished off at the start of the meal.
Spathe Public House serves delicious food at reasonable - well, as reasonable as hipster food prices get - prices, which makes it a winner in my book. Great venue for some catching up too. Service was excellent the evening we visited as well as the following day when we contacted them about a wrong item we had been billed for. I'm already planning to return for brunch.