Primly positioned in the foodie hub of Danks Street in Waterloo, Puer is an Asian eatery inspired by the great Chinese tea houses of the world.
SPICY PRAWN $8
These vibrant dumpling’s were done Canton style and filled with a mixture of chilli marinated prawn and baby bamboo, encased in a steamed lightly chilli pastry. While the red dumpling casing might scream warning to those afraid of a little spice, I actually found the heat to be pretty pleasant, with the chilli adding more flavour than points on the scoville scale.
These Kansai style, pan fried dumplings were filled with a really tasty pork filling that managed to stay juicy and tender under the crisping in the pan. Served with pickled ginger and aged vinegar for that sharp flavour balance.
CRISPY HAR GOW $8
An outrageously crisp dumpling that’s filled with succulent prawn and originating from the outskirts of Guangzhou. I wasn’t that big of a fan of this one, finding the uber crunchy outer shell a little hard to eat, however my friend proclaimed that these were her favourite of the night and scoffed my leftover share.
WAGYU TACOS $16
An Asian spin of ‘tacos’, or bao, these soft steamed buns sandwiched a mouth watering mix of marinated 9+ Oakley Ranch Wagyu beef and four leaf greens.
HONG KONG MINI BURGERS $15
Now this is the kind of crispy I can get used too! Panko pork, house smoked chilli paste, hoisin and baby cress all neatly placed in a golden fried mantao (steam bun). Seriously decent and one I would definitely come back for.
ORGANIC MISTY CLOUD $9
While the kitchen incites a tasteful and unique dim sum and share dish menu, Puer is famous for it’s exceptional Oriental tea selection and infusions from their tea bar.
This uniquely fresh green tea was nutty with fruity notes, best steeped in 80 degree water and left for no longer than 2 minute (unless you like it bitter). Able to make up to 5 pots of tea with the 4th apparently being the best.
CRISPY SKIN CONE BAY WA BARRAMUNDI $25
Now onto fish, with this crispy skin barramundi and fermented black bean, spring onion, coriander jus. Now I’m not averted to a good spruik, but one of my guests (who happens to be a seafood supplier) labelled this as “one of the best, if not the best, barramundi dish he’s every had”. So happy was he that we had to order a second so everyone else could get a taste.
THREE CUP DRUNKEN DUCK $26
The words ‘duck’ and ‘drunken’ really bode well with me so this was a must menu choice. Slow cooked in Shao Xing (Chinese rice wine), soy, sugar, shiitake and fresh basil, the duck was incredibly tender and simply fell off the bones, absorbing the fragrant flavours.
COCONUT & KAFFIR LIME LEAF SORBET $10
On to the sweet stuff with this refreshing sorbet served in a young coconut, with black sticky rice and fresh coconut water to wash it all down with. I’m not a fan of black sticky rice so I avoided it but the sorbet had a pungent, clean finish that was fantastic at cleansing the palate from all the savouries.
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE $10
A little less Asian and a little more indulgent, this dense log of brownie bliss went down extremely well with the banana drizzled in spiced wine jus and salted palm sugar ice-cream.
Tea cabinet full of Oriental tea selection and infusions
20a Danks Street
Waterloo NSW 2017
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest