Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bourbon Street, South Melbourne (by invitation) by Bureaucrat

Move over food trucks, the new kids in town are online delivery lunch providers.  And at the head of the cool kids is Bourbon Street.

Bourbon Street was launched about a month ago and there’s been quite a bit of buzz about the food that’s coming its kitchen.  It does slow-cooked, New Orleans-inspired sandwich rolls and rice bowls with free delivery to the city, South Melbourne, Albert Park and South Yarra, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

This week, I had the lucky opportunity to try out some of Bourbon Street’s menu and I can definitely say the buzz about the food is definitely well deserved.

I got the BBQ beef which has been slow-cooked for 10 hours.  It’s marinated in a smoky BBQ sauce with traditional coleslaw and crunchy pickles.  This comes in a sandwich roll or rice.  I chose the Cajun brown rice for a gluten-free option.  

It came with a generous amount of tender beef.  I was a bit worried that the beef would be smothered in BBQ sauce (as so many places seem to think that excessive saucing negates the need to ensure the meat is actually tasty).  But all worries were erased when I tasted it.  The beef isn't smothered in a sickly gloop.  Instead, it’s tender and juicy and has a lovely smoky, sweet-tinged taste.  Perfect – just the way I like it.

The beef came with the nubbly brown rice, which was cooked in stock and smoky paprika (I think).  And the coleslaw was a yummy crisp salad with lots of finely shredded cabbage and carrot with just a right amount of mayo dressing.  All in all, I really enjoyed the three flavours and textures and how they contrasted against each other.  

To go with my lunch, I also got some cute snacks.  A bag of kale chips – large pieces of crispy, salted kale that dissolves in your mouth almost instantly (it counts towards my five a day!).   

And also a pot of candied walnuts which have soaked in Bourbon and roasted with a hint of spice.  The walnuts have a slight Bourbon flavour and makes a nice little sweet treat without being too sinful.

Verdict
Food - 8
Ambiance - 7
Service - 8*
Price – 7.5*
*Scores are notional as I was a guest of Bourbon Street.

Overall
Thank you to Bourbon Street for sharing its great Southern style food with me.  I'm pretty impressed with the BBQ beef rice bowl in terms of the flavour and also the amount that you get.  I love that the food is healthy, filling and tasty - it's kept me going all afternoon.

I let my fellow team members try some of the food, and one bite was enough to make them agree that we should order one of each sandwich roll/rice bowl for our next team lunch (there’s also pulled pork, jerk chicken and chilli sin carne to choose from).

And if that’s not enough to make you get ordering, it also comes with free delivery!  Be the envy of your workmates at lunch and head to Bourbon Street.

Address
Bourbon Street

2 comments:

Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) said...

Love the idea of having a decent meal delivered for lunch. Looks like they offer a pretty good assortment too.

Eatandbemerrycrew said...

Having a healthy lunch delivered is pretty good - and it gave me something to look forward to in the morning :)

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