We were delighted to attend the Chilli Fest launch party at Northbridge Brewing Company, where we feasted on a cornucopia of foods celebrating all things chilli. The menu has been specially curated to include chillies and the dishes that will tantalise your tastebuds are a testament to the prowess of chef Greg.
The evening began by us toasting each other with the bloodiest of Bloody Marys this side of Texas and beer with chilli, which went down a treat with all who imbibed. First off the rank, were the chilli cheese and bacon eclairs. These savoury eclairs were outstanding and like nothing we have ever tasted before. The choux pastry was lovely and light and the gooey, chilli cheese and bacon filling certainly packed a punch. The beauty of this dish is that you can choose your level of heat ranging from neutral to explosive. Four of these bad, bad boys will set you back just $12. Next we enjoyed a dish called ‘What the Yabby’ which was one of the hot favourites of the night. It was a massive serve of fresh Cambinata yabbies, clams and mussels cooked to perfection in white wine and Amarillo butter. Every bite was sheer delight – the yabbies were sweet, succulent and truly tasty. It was served with your choice of chilli sauce and crispy charred focaccia. The smoked brisket burgers were enhanced in taste thanks to the spicy barbecue sauce, vodka kale and American cheddar.
A gargantuan, chilli challenge board laden with a mouthwatering array of foods appeared. There was brisket, St Louis cola ribs, reaper chorizo sliders, hot corn cobs, jalapeño poppers and a side of apple and spiced nut slaw. The Nacho Libre was a hot variation on the usual nachos and consisted of tater tots, charred streaky bacon and mac and cheese, drizzled in nacho cheese sauce with guacamole and salsa. Popular with the guests, were the buckets of Hella Hot Wings, which were served with four spicy sauces and a blue cheese dressing to put out the fire. We also relished the larger than life calzone stuffed with roasted peppers, chilli con carne, cactus and topped with a jalapeño popper and served with sour cream.
Last but not least, we were invited to try fresh, sliced, reaper chillies and/or sauce. The intrepid photographer boldly popped a slice of chilli and appeared no worse for wear. For those who could not handle the heat a jug of chilled milk was on standby to douse the fire.
The staff at NBC, are bubbly, energetic and very obliging. Top service from good looking waitstaff who always deliver with a smile. NBC is a large venue with three levels with fine views of our fair city from every level. It has a lovely open feel to the area which makes it ideal for small or large groups. Chilli Fest is on till Saturday, 24 June 2017 so get in quick and fire up your tastebuds – it will be a cracker of an experience!