I Dream in Chocolate dined and wine as guest of Puer. This has NOT influenced the post in any way and the post will provide an honest review.
I got an invitation in my inbox to try out a restaurant. I admit I scratched my head going, Puer? Where is that? Little did I know, it was the restaurant next to Aldi in Waterloo and it has been in operation for 2 years. I have driven passed it a few times but I admit I haven’t noticed it. What got me interested was the name, Puer. Puer is one of my favourite teas especially as a perfect pairing to yum cha/dim sim. They have an extensive tea menu and the food menu is divided into 4 parts – dumplings, street food, mains and desserts.
To start off, what better then to have a pot of pu èr. The 2005 Yunnan sourced pu èr has a beautiful aroma and the tea process starts with doing a tea wash, followed by a second filling. The tea here is presented in the traditional way.
I wanted a nice fruity cocktail and the waitress recommended the Peaches and Phoenix which was topped with dried peaches. It wasn’t too sweet like most peach teas which is the one thing I disliked. This one was light in sweetness but refreshing at the same time.
We couldn’t help but ordered the siu mai since it was a different version to what we are accustomed to. It has chicken filling and topped with scallops. They were tasty and packed with great flavour. It was hard fighting for the 3rd when there is 3 between 2 people.
The Shanghai dumplings wasn’t too bad in taste however the skin was rolled too thick and didn’t have the soup broth inside of it. It is also larger than the usual Xiao Long Bao.
Next was the spicy prawn dumplings. It was unique and different but had an exquisite and lovely taste.
The Hong Kong mini burgers was such a unique take with crunching panko pork and slightly spicy chilli sauce.
The wagyu tacos was probably the favourite of the night. Packed with a punch of chilli and very tender beef. I think we both need to order a plate each, next time.
Caramelised pork belly with tea eggs. The pork belly melted in our mouths and every bit of the sauce was scooped onto the eggs. Simply put, it was delicious for a pork lover like me.
Before dessert started, we tried another tea called Phoenix. It was the suggestion of our waiter and had hints of a fruity after taste. It was a lovely palette cleanser before dessert.
Dessert started with the kaffir lime sorbet with coconut, black glutinous rice and coconut water. The sorbet was so refreshing and light. I ended having a large portion of it and almost forgotten about the hubby. I’m usually am not a dessert person so it speaks volumes about this dessert.
Sadly the red bean donuts was a bit of a letdown. The donuts only had a tiny bit of red bean, it would have tasted a lot better if there was more red bean paste to it.
We enjoyed the food overall and already talked about going back. Will be definitely ordering the wagyu tacos, pork belly and kaffir lime sorbet next time. The price point is slightly on the pricey side then a typical dumpling place but the quality of the food speaks for itself.
20a Danks St
Waterloo NSW 2017