Trust me when I tell you that I am not a satanist. Nor that I am judging being a satanist, but as I am queasy at the sight of blood a future as a Satanist is not in my cards, nor is being a doctor (aversion to bodily fluids also cancels this out). But when my blogging buddy Christie and I drive past the Goat Meat restaurant on our way to the Harry's Bar event, we squeal with excitement. A Goat Meat restaurant you say? Yes. One with drawings of goats frolicking outside? Yes. And just like that we cancel our dinner plans elsewhere and make a last minute decision to go Goat Meat.
In the restaurant there is another large table of people mid-meal. We ask to see the menu-just in case-just in case of what I am not sure. We are intrigued by the offerings so we sit down and ask the waitress for her recommendations. We're not well versed in goat meat, both of us only having it in curries, so she recommends the grilled goat meat and the raw goat meat (stay with me, hold onto my hand, it's not as scary as it sounds). There's a page of more traditional (and non goat-ey) dishes and a page of the more bovine kind. The waitress asks us if it is our first time here and indeed it is and she smiles and says proudly that this is the only Goat Meat restaurant in Australia.
Salted Lemon juice and Salted Plum drink $3 each
We order some drinks, a Salted Lemon drink and a Salted Plum drink. We're not sure what to expect but they're actually quite delicious albeit quite salty. I don't find them as thirst quenching as I'd like though but they are very flavoursome.
Grilled Goat Meat with rice vermicelli $18
The first order of grilled goat meat comes out surrounded by colourful salad, with a plate of vermicelli and a fish & chili sauce. It's delicious. Any fear of that taste is replaced with hunger. It's similar to lamb and it is well cooked here with a bit of smokey flavour from the wok. Every piece of grilled goat meat is gone from the plate.
Raw Goat Meat with lemon juice $18
Our raw goat meat dish comes out next. The waitress explains that we eat some of the peanut covered goat meat with the shallots and mint leaves. It's unusual but not bad at all, less flavoursome and more mild than the marinated grilled goat meat so adding a bit of chili adds to it considerably. It's also slightly cooked like a ceviche from the lemon juice.
We can't finish our meals, but it's not because we don't like it but because we are full. Who knew such delicious delights would be had here? There there, it wasn't so bad was it?
Mùi H??ng Goat Meat restaurant
314 Victoria Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone (02) 9569 7654