Last week we were invited to come along to lunch with a few Perth foodies at The Dutch Trading Co at Victoria Park.The Dutch Trading Co. was born in 2015 out of a belief in sharing better beer and was rated as Australia’s 5th Best Metro Beer Venue by industry experts for Beer & Brewer magazine. If you love beers, the Dutch Trading Co shouts beer heaven featuring 18 rotating taps of the best beers from around Australia and the world plus an ever changing 300 bottle list. Now, we’re talking take me to beer heaven!
The food at Dutch Trading Co is Dutch/New York inspired Gastro-Pub food. We started off with a beer paddle board and some small plates to share. There’s the in-house pickles ($4.50), crispy chickpeas ($10) and smoked Mexican spice street corn cob ($8). The table went crazy for the crispy chickpeas. Crispy and melt in your mouth. With just one bite, it’s an instant addiction. The in-house pickles gave a refreshing finish on the palate along with a slight hint of sourness.
Smoked Mexican spice street corn cob ($8) was flavoursome with a punch of sweet and spicy from the berry and Habanero salsa. The lime adds a refreshing twist to the corn cob.
Not long after, our big plates arrived. Firstly, we had the crispy kale salad and southern fried chicken ($18) with torched and smoked maple butter, shaved cheese and radish. It’s Dutch Trading Co’s healthy twist to the caesar salad. I really loved how the crispy and fresh flavour of the kale complements well with the juicy and moist chicken. Oh and not forgetting the shaved cheese on top and maple butter which worked really well!
The Chermoula & Mandarin lamb ribs ($19) were delicious and tender with the meat falling off the bone. Finger licking good with creamy flavours of the Tahini buttermilk and the pickled watermelon balances the heavy flavours of the dish well. It’s a dish packed full of moorish flavours.
House honey and Jasmine smoked Tassie salmon ($22) with shaved zucchini and fennel salad, labne and salsa verde. The salmon was smoked perfectly with a slight pink centre. The honey added a touch of sweetness to the salmon and the shaved zucchini and fennel gave fresh flavours to the dish. There’s also creamy flavours from the labne and salsa verde. Overall, this dish hit the mark on flavour with so many elements balancing well with each other.
It’s time for desserts. We were presented with two desserts – Deep Fried Watermelon and Coconut Pie ($10) and Smoked Banana Split ($10). The deep fried watermelon and coconut pie was the winner on the table. It’s crispy on the outside with a soft texture inside with a strong combination of watermelon and coconut flavour. I loved how the rosewater double cream adds a touch of sweetness and fragrance to the pie.
Smoked banana split with miso caramel, coconut cream, matcha and keffir dust. I thought that this dessert was a bit on the heavier side, more sweeter and creamy compared to the deep fried watermelon and coconut pie.
The Dutch Trading Co is not only a venue that caters for the adults but is also kid friendly venue with a kids play area at the back. It’s a fairly large venue where the Front Bar features occasional live music and the Back Bar is perfect for functions. If you enjoy the beer you had, there’s also draft beer and bottles which are available for takeaway purchase at the bottleshop and from the beer canning CANary.
We would like to thank Raymond and Cat (@perth_gram) for extending an invitation to us and the team at Dutch Trading Co for serving up a feast of food!