Whenever I called my Canadian friends I always, without fail, got the same question: "So...how's the kangaroo?". The answer was always the same: "I don't know yet!" which followed with some snarky remark questioning whether or not if I was actually in Australia.
Verdict: Seared kangaroo win!
Meal: Double pre-dinner down
Location: 271 Victoria Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia
|Legendary Melbourne Street Art|
"You must be Canadian!" - bartender
"Sure am - how'd you know?" - Me
"You're way to polite to be American" - bartender
I feel for my American friends, really. I know that you aren't jerks, but there is certainly an unkind portrait of you overseas and this wasn't the first time I had such an encounter. In fact, I had a great time with all of the Americans that I met during my travels!
Spicy Seared Kangaroo Salad
Roasted Rice, Fried Shallots and Baby Shiso Salad with Chili Thai Dressing
Before I knew it, a new one appeared, corrected. I'm honestly unsure if the presentation was fixed because I was taking photos (Melbourne is certainly no stranger to food bloggers - or Australia, for that matter. A totally different culture there!) or because they felt badly, but it was certainly prettier than the first rendition. I felt a little guilty - afterall, it's meat! And now I had two plates of it! I would have been fine with the non-fixed version, really. To ease the guilt, I just ate it all. Kanga-oink.
Kangaroo, in my opinion, is less gamey than venison and a very lean meat. Not too lean - done right, as I suspected, it should not be too tough, and I really enjoyed the flavour. If it was readily available, I can easily envision this being my preferred alternative to beef. No lie. It'd be fun to make it sous-vide...mmm!
The interior was quite nice - good for a fun out filled with drinks, tapas, and fun wait-staff. Satisfied with me first kangaroo experience, I set off...for dinner!