Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Eating Out: Netherworld

The cool kid in Brisbane is undoubtedly Netherworld, a arcade and bar where the menu is vegan by default. Though people can add animal products if they must, they often have to pay extra for this. As well as food and beverages, there is also a huge library of board and card games, and a room full of fun arcade games. I had been meaning to go for ages, but never quite got around to it. Until suddenly I went twice in one week, both times for birthdays. This was at the end of last year, I am finally all done with my 2017 eating outs! Anyway, the menu has changed a bit since then... more than once... so I have made notes on what is still available.

The first time was for my friend Tracee's birthday. It was a lot of fun! As well as food, we also had a great time playing pinball, and then I reconnected with my youth with some Mortal Kombat II. I am pleased to see my technique of just mashing all the buttons together still seems to work. I enjoyed smashing the patriachy a little, until my character finally succumbed to another woman.

I have an acquaintance who seems to be here several times a week, and they highly recommended the Burgatory as the best burger ever in the world, so I had to get that. It is a cheeseburger, but also has onion rings on it. And it was very nice, a very good burger. Didn't quite live up to the hype, but I would recommend it as a solid cheeseburger option. This is still on the current menu, and it looks like they have a double version as well!

Burgatory at Netherworld

Tracee's partner had the Tanuki Tofu Burger, which had tofu, slaw, and BBQ sauce on it. He said it was good. This isn't on the current menu.

Tanuki Tofu Burger at Netherworld

Tracee had her favourite mac and cheese. They actually use udon noodles, so it is a slurpy cheesy experience. I tried a little bit, but their cheese sauce has sriracha in it and was too spicy for me. One of the downsides for my sensitive self is that the menu has a lot of spicy in it. This is still on the menu, though they have moved it from the bites to bowls section. I doubt they'll ever that this off!

Mac and Cheese at Netherworld

We also shared some Tofu Critters, lightly spiced fried tofu with sriracha mayo. The mayo was a bit spicy, but the critters were OK. They were good! These are still on the menu as Popcorn Critters, but with chipotle mayo.

Tofu Critters at Netherworld

Three days later, I was back for another friend's birthday! This time, there were a lot more people, so we ended up playing a card game. It was like CAH Against Humanity (which I have never played) but with memes, targeted at young millenials and I hated it so much. I confiscated some of the cards for being in too poor taste, because apparently that is who I am now. Oh well.

We shared some food between us so we could try some more things. First up, the Loaded Fries. These had BBQ jackfruit, cheese, and BBQ sauce on. Also a pineapple and jalapeno salsa, which we had on the side. However, what ever was in the seasoning on the jackfruit was really very spicy for me! They seem to still have a version of these on the menu, but with chili beans instead of jackfruit.

Loaded Fries at Netherworld

We also shared the Mushroom Tempura with Wasabi Mayo. This was outstanding! While I have issues with chilli, I have no issues with Wasabi. I love it! And while I am not a fan of too much deep fried, these little nuggets managed to stay crisp and crunchy and not too oily for a prolonged snacking session. These are still on the menu as Munchkin Mushies (I hate that name!), and I highly recommend!

Mushroom Tempura at Netherworld

Finally, the Gwisin Bowl. This was a chilled salad of soba noodles, vegetables, and peanut sauce, surrounded by warm Tofu Critters. It was light, refreshing, and not spicy. This isn't on the menu anymore.

Gwisin Bowl at Netherworld

I have been meaning to get back to Netherworld since then, but it is now six and a half months later, and they have been through several menu changes. Some of the burgers I had wanted to get are now gone. Their new menu has a couple of bowls I wouldn't mind trying (the Wampus Waffle and The Rodan), but we'll see how I go!

A final bonus food photo, for my friend Ashleigh I made a birthday cake. It is a double layer cake, using a few different recipes. The cake itself is the Vanilla Birthday Cake from Chloe's Kitchen, and it was filled with a layer of the Salted Caramel Icing from Chloe's Vegan Desserts. Then the whole thing was covered and decorated with Peanut Butter Cream from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. It got a little smooshed in transit to Netherworld, and is far from a professional job, but I was pretty chuffed.

Ashleigh's birthday cake

On a personal note, it has been a while between posts. My dad has been in hospital for the last week and a half, so I try and visit him on days when I am not working all day, and by the time I get home I tend to just watch Netflix and go to bed. But I am still here, and will be slowly continuing to get through my hilariously huge backlog of places I have been eating and cookbooks I have been cooking from!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Gizmo and Sahara

I had a dream a couple of nights ago where I came home from holidays and had to pick up Sahara and Gizmo from the clinic, they both had UTIs. But they were easily treatable. And I was going to be able to take them home and hug them. I miss them always.