Glebe is full of nice little restaurants, tasty cafes, and small pubs so you’ll always be able to find something nice to eat or drink. But to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck I recommend hopping around and checking out the weekly specials at each place. Many restaurants offer one or even five nights where they serve one of their popular dishes for a discounted price. Last week I tried out Tommy’s Beer Cafe for their $15 Pork Belly. Tommy’s is one of the more student friendly restaurants that offers a special five nights a week. Mondays they serve Buffalo Cheeks, Tuesday is Hunter Schnitzel, Wednesday is Veal Goulash, Thursday is Pork Belly and Friday is Pork Knuckle. While I actually haven’t tried most of these dishes I had heard amazing things about pork belly and decided to check out this cute little place on a Thursday. Tommy’s is a Czech restaurant and they also serve a delicious selection of beers including Delirium, Gambrinus and Frantizkaner Weissbier (my personal favorite).
The restaurant is a cute, cozy little place with a bar downstairs and a couple wooden tables and benches, with a few more tables upstairs. If you happen to be seated upstairs make sure you take it easy on the alcohol though since those stairs are crazy steep. I’m sure they’ve had more than one unfortunate customer who had a few too many Weissbiers take quite a tumble down to the bottom of the stairs.
The service was really good and fast and the food is absolutely delicious. I actually think $15 is still a bit pricey for a meal but if you’re going to splurge this is definitely a place to do it. $15 is also quite a good price for pork belly since usually it is much more expensive.
The pork belly is served with crackling and really is amazing. Pork belly with crackling usually takes up to 3 hours to cook in the oven but the result is so moist and succulent. The meat just pulls apart effortlessly, coated in rich juices with a taste and texture that just melts in your mouth. The crackling was definitely a new taste sensation for me, it’s crisp and chewy and balances perfectly with the softness of the pork, together they become a chorus of different flavours and textures that you really can’t get enough of. The pork belly is served on a bed of light, fluffy mashed potatoes, nestled against a mound of warm, tangy sauerkraut, and topped off with a sweet apple chutney. It is also accompanied by a few pieces of grilled csabai which reminds me of a chewy, smokey chorizo and bathed in a warm layer of a savoury, slightly acidic sauce.
For a meal this heavenly, the $15 seems like such a bargain.
123 Glebe Point RdGlebe NSW 2037
Phone:02 : 9660 6870