Sunday, 14 June 2015

Pu'er, Waterloo - CLOSED

Pu'er is a modern Asian Fusion Restaurant located in Waterloo. Their name is based on tea which reflects their extensive tea menu. Owner Siev Gour created Pu'er as a way to reconnect with his roots, in particular some of the homely and delicious treats he remembers from his childhood. 

There are tea fusion dumplings perfect for brunch and a more extensive menu for a proper lunch or dinner. The decore is a bit trendy and the staff are very friendly. 

Spicy Prawn Dumplings $8
The Spicy Prawn Dumplings ($8, below) come out in a bright red translucent skinned fashion. They pack a decent amount of spice as the prawns have been marinated along with the baby bamboo. A unique dish that I've yet to see at any restaurant or yum cha house. Definitely worth a try!

There are other crowd favourites such as your scallop dumplings, sui mai (pork dim sums) or xiao long bao (soup filled dumplings, below $7). Dumplings range from $7 to $10 and are on the more expensive side compared to your traditional yum cha restaurants. All the dishes are modern, clean and beautifully presented though. The entree and main dishes are more reasonably priced (for value, what you get v.s what you pay) if you are on a budget or particularly hungry.

Xiao Long Bao $7

For entrees, the street food section of the menu I tried the BBQ duck tacos ($16 for 4). The BBQ duck is delicious along with the mayonnaise, shaved cucumber and spring onion pack a mouthful of flavour. I think there may have been a little too much mayonnaise but I loved the soft bao casing and all the other components worked perfectly.

The Wagyu Tacos were also jam packed and full of flavour. This is a must order dish. The wagyu beef must be marinated in a chili paste. I quite also liked the bun ($16, below for 4). The meat is obviously high grade quality.

The crispy cone bay WA Barramundi was delicious and perfectly cooked ($27, above) but I think the must order dish is the Caramelised Berkshire Pork Belly with spice infused tea eggs ($24). The meat was so tender and very much melt in your mouth. The spiced infused egg brought very homely flavours that complimented the pork belly. A very elegant and tasty dish. Another MUST order dish.

You must order some dessert. At $10, you may even want to order two. I opted for the red bean donuts with coconut syrup. The donuts were very dough-y and in dire need of more syrup but very delicious. I love red bean.

The stand out dessert is the chocolate brownie with sugar palm ice cream, with banana. A bit of sweetness to round out the meal.

Overall I had a really nice time at Pu'er. It's definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. If you are a tea fanatic, then you will be in heaven.

Prices: $15 for entree, $25-30 for mains, $10 dessert
Location: 20 Danks Street, Waterloo
Opening hours:  Lunch, Tue-Sun, 11am-3pm; dinner, Tue-Sun, 5pm-late+

Summary: Lisa's Rating: 
Food: 7.5/10 for casual dining 
Customer Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Value: 7/10 

Note: I dined as a guest of Pu'er. All opinions, words and photos are my own.

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