After having the genius creation of the pineapple bun burger from Patois, I promised to come back to the restaurant again to try some of their other items and it was off-the-wall amazing.
If you are a fan of Jamaican food or Chinese food, I think you would approve of the marriage of the two cuisines. This is one of the few fusion restaurants I absolutely adore and I think I love their brunch menu items more than their regular dinner menu.
Again, I brought some members of the eating crew and we tried:
Loco Moco with House made Spam ($15, Loved it.)
I never liked spam all too much. The texture and taste was always off-putting and something I can live without. But, and there is always a “but”, the one at Patois is different. No longer do I have to subject myself to overly-processed protein passing as “meat”, their “spam” resembles that to a meatloaf with varying textures of the chopped pork shoulder.
This is served on top of a burger patty on a bed of jasmine rice, topped with a perfectly fried egg, sitting in a delicious shallot gravy. A divine savoury start to the morning. *Note: I was told that the Loco Moco isn’t available all weekends, but if you find it, you definitely have to order it*
I partnered this dish with their young coconut drink, which is simply a fresh young coconut, flesh and all for you to enjoy. If you’ve never had young coconut juice before, it is basically a nutty almost taro like drink. The delicate flesh – which is the best part in my opinion, can be easily scraped off the sides to eat. Note to the inexperienced, if you don’t see the soft white flesh on the inside, the coconut has gotten too old.
Patois Benny ($13, Me likey.)
Beef patties shouldn’t taste this good. When I was younger, a beef patty was the high school lunch of choice. It was convenient, it was cheap and it tasted better than cafeteria food.
Never would I have thought that it would fit perfectly in a $13 brunch item with perfectly poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and listen to this, jerk-infused Mortadella. The patty is crisp and flakey with a very well-seasoned beef filling. SO. GOOD.
Pulled Ox-tail Sandwich ($14.50, not bad.)
Not my favourite of the day, but the first two dishes really set the bar high. Ox-tail is one of those parts of the animal that is often overlooked. When braised properly, the meat is tender and fall off the bone delicious. Perfect for stews and curries.
The cheese is a little bit strong, so for some I can see the flavours being a bit too pronounced. I quite liked it and would order it again.
So far, out of these two visits to Patois, I am pleased with their consistency and their great service here. This may be a bit off the beaten path for some, but the food coming out of the kitchen is out of this world.
Until we dine again,
The Piquey Eater