Inga and Greg have struck smoky southern gold with the American BBQ offerings which have taken centre stage on their Prahran cafe's dinner menu.
The Slow Smoked BBQ section of Third Wave's menu boasts 5 different meats and Smoked Salmon - all of which are smoked with different woods to impart specific flavours and are prepared using dry rubs.
We opted for the pork ribs, lamb shoulder and beef brisket - all of which were absolutely delicious.
The pork ribs were stunning - Tender, falling off the bone, juicy and packed with flavour. Prepared in the Southern tradition using dry spices only, the ribs were served with Spicy iQ BBQ sauce and Apple Bourbon sauce which added an extra punch. We loved the smoky flavour imparted from being smoked in Maple wood for almost 6 hours.
Flavoured with a proprietary blend of mildly spicy herbs and spices, the lamb was superbly slow roasted. A memorable dish combining flawless texture with equally superlative flavours.
The beef brisket was a standout. Particularly noteworthy for its fragrant and complex beefy flavours which were enhanced by being marinated for 48 hours prior to being smoked for around 10 hours using Hickory wood. The meat was both soft and delicate.
Smoked Mac and Cheese
Smoked with Hickory Wood, we loved this classic twist on the mac and cheese which incorporated house smoked crispy bacon.
The Georgian salad was an enlivening salad with bold tastes and textures. A mixture of 5 herbs (parsley, coriander, dill, mint and basil), the salad was a beautiful and fresh addition which went well with the meats.
It was everything you would want and expect from a pecan pie. Making wonderful use of America’s native nut, the dessert was all about those delicious nuts and was served with espresso cream and a decadent scoop of ice cream for contrast. We loved the rich crumbliness and complementary nuttiness of the pastry which perfectly contrasted its gooey richness.
Cherry Cheese Blintzes
Inga’s delightful Russian "accent" made an appearance as we concluded our evening with the cherry blintzes. Well-made with well-balanced flavours, it was a lovely treat.
Third Wave Café surprises with authentic American BBQ meats which are slow-smoked over real hard woods, delicious side dishes and an uncompromising commitment to service.