When it comes to wining and dining, Penrose is certainly no Ponsonby. However, this up-and-coming ‘burb is giving Ponsonby a run for its money with the addition of Pan-Asian restaurant, Big Fish Eatery.
This eatery—and, in particular, their baked cookie dough dessert—has been blowing up our Instagram feed as of late. And, as suckers of all things delicious, we needed to to check it out for ourselves.
On a recent Friday night, my partner and I missioned to Penrose to find out what the big deal was. Upon arrival, we were pleased to see there was ample parking available (take that, Ponsonby). However, once inside, the restaurant was bustling with hungry patrons. It’s a bit of a random spot but turns out we weren’t the only ones with a Big Fish-saturated newsfeed.
Big Fish Eatery is about Pan-Asian cuisine (i.e. food from all corners of Asia). They take inspo from Korea, Japan and China, through to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. Think pad Thai and karaage chicken to sambal prawns and fresh sushi.
We started our culinary adventure by ordering a pork belly bao each. I’m a sucker for a steamed bun (aren’t we all?) and this bad boy delivered. Firstly, it was only $7 (take that, Ponsonby). Secondly, it was stuffed with what was quite possibly the biggest cut of pork belly ever. It was accompanied with lashings of hoisin sauce, cucumber, spring onion and a dollop of yum-yum sauce making it very, err, yum.
We then moved on to a mixed platter of fresh sashimi. We were treated to sizeable slices of raw salmon, trevally and tuna. You can order these cuts separately, but the mixed platter was the way to go—each fish has its own unique flavour and texture. The fresh and light dish was the perfect chaser to our hearty bao.
Keen for another lighter dish, we eyed up their sushi uramaki offerings. We tossed up between the dragon roll (king prawn tempura, broccolini, avo and shichimi mayo) and the jalapeno roll (salmon, spring onion, shichimi, avo, cucumber and citrus mayo) before settling on the garden roll.
The ‘inside out’ sushi meant the rice was on the outside and the nori was on the inside. The vegetarian-friendly sushi was stuffed with cucumber, avocado, carrot, tomato and cream cheese and covered in a layer of fresh mint. Paired with wasabi, the sushi fulfilled our cravings and left us satisfied but with room for the all-important dessert.
It was time for the highly anticipated cookie dough dessert. While I’m not too sure how authentic baked cookie dough is in Asia, I’m not one to question these things. I was delighted to see there was not one but TWO cookie offerings: white chocolate with macadamia or dark chocolate with peanut butter.
As a self-confessed peanut butter addict, I opted for the later. Out came a piping hot skillet brimming with gooey and crispy goodness. Topped with vanilla ice cream, it was like eating one humongous cookie fresh from the oven. It’s hands-down one of the best desserts I’ve had and my only regret was sharing it with my partner. Next visit, it’s all mine!
Watch out, Ponsonby. Penrose’s mighty fine eats are comin’ for ya.
Want to know the location, opening hours and all the deets? Find Big Fish Eatery in the Directory.