Dude food. Not something Lex or I are that into. But when a catch up with foodpornnation and Brazil was locked in, they convinced us to head to The Dip for a dude food hit. Don’t get me wrong, when done well ‘dude food’ can be pretty spectacular. But it can also be very meh. So anticipation was high as we had definitely heard some very good things about The Dip.
While Lex and I waited for foodpornnation and Brazil, the funky looking cocktail list was calling. I have no real dislike for any kind of cocktail so I let Lex drive the decision making bus. Selections made, I wandered up to the bar to order and after the bar staff finished their conversation I ordered ‘The Coaster’.
The Coaster – Goodgod’s orange margarita made with 100% blue agave tequila, cointreau, orange bitters and fresh oranges ($33.00).
I don’t know why I ever think a $33 jug of cocktail will have more than a few shots of alcohol in it, but every time I order one I am reminded how painfully light-on they are with the booze. That aside, it was quite a nice drink – super orange to the max with just hints of tequila peeking through the full on fruit hit. One thing that was totally cool were the straws, these things were minuscule, just a few mm in diameter.
With the others having arrived it was time to concentrate on what to order to eat. Decisions were made and changed left, right and centre. The first thing we all agreed on was a side of the chili fries. Foodpornnation really, really wanted the hot chicken wings so that rounded out our sides. Both girls knew they had to have the pulled pork nachos and the guys, well with Brazil feeling pretty under the weather and me not wanting to emulate the girls our decisions were a little slower.
Chili Fries – thick cut steak fries w/ slow cooked spicy beef chili and cheese ($8.00).
Still trying to work out what our next jug of drinks would be the sides arrived. Instantly both Lex & I knew she would hate the chicken wings, the smell of vinegar dominated them so there was little hope for her. The chili chips on the other hand were vinegar-free and looked well tasty. We all just dove in and that was definitely the right decision. Crunchy and fluffy, the chips could do no wrong but the chili was the real stand-out. Not too heavy on the spices to dominate and not too light on either. I was feeling pretty good about my chili dog order I must admit.
Hot wings – red hot chicken wings with celery and ranch dipping sauce ($10.00).
As the royal taste tester I sampled the chicken wings and fulfilled my duty at saving Lex’s life; there was such a full on tang of vinegar that it even kind of made me second guess our order for a moment. The heat was there but I wouldn’t class them as hot – maybe mild approaching medium – but they were tasty enough and quite moreish and it makes me think that their Buffalo Wings would be awesome.
Pimm’s Punch – Classic Pimm’s gin, ginger wine with slices of cooling cucumber, lemon and fresh mint ($30.00).
Between all of this I was back up to the bar, once again waiting for what must have been a thrilling conversation between the bar staff to end. Pimm’s Punch was the choice this round, a dash of ginger wine and a splash of soda. Light on alcohol, yet once again it did taste good – the cucumber really making it an easy going, soothing drink.
Pulled pork nachos – corn chips topped with 12 hour smoked pork, pinto beans, tomato salsa, bbq sauce, jalepeno cream and cheese ($15.00).
Pulled pork is one of those things you wouldn’t normally find too often in Australia, but with the ‘dude food’ craze peaking you can find versions almost everywhere. At first I wanted to order this dish to compare it to my very own pulled pork rendition I concocted the week before, but I couldn’t have three of us order the same meal. And as the nachos arrived at the table I realised my brain hadn’t been working and I had been reading nachos and thinking tacos, so I was instantly glad I didn’t order them as I am not much of a nachos fan.
Lex ordered hers sans BBQ sauce but I don’t think it would have done much to save the nachos anyway. We all felt there was way too little pork, and though it was big on smokiness (from 12 hours of smoking), the meat was also a bit too dry. Everything else kind of went well but never came together as you would hope. Sad faces all round for this one; it could have been so much more.
Dynamite Chili Dawg – smoked kosher hot dog w/ slow cooked spicy beef chili, cheese, fresh onion and American mustard ($12.00).
I chose the Dynamite Chili Dawg and I loved it. Grilled to the brink of charred but not overcooked or oily, it was pretty special. Again the chili was a stand-out with good balance, given just a bit more depth thanks to the light smokiness of the dog. The fresh onion was what tied this all together and cut down the big flavours – just enough to get a good taste of all the elements.
Although present, the squiggle of American mustard was more for show than anything else but it did its job quite well. I don’t know when I last ate a hot dog but I would have to admit this was the best dog I can remember eating, and it has me wanting to go back and try some of the others on offer.
Young Cheezy – beef burger w/ sharp cheese, grilled onion, dill pickles, ketchup and american mustard ($12.00).
Brazil ordered the cheeseburger, something simple as he was still recovering from a week of the flu. Both Brazil and Foodpornnation raved about the burger with its perfectly soft bun, good amount of cheese and sauce. But the patty was the special bit. Cooked medium rare like any proper burger made with premium beef should be – juicy and bursting with flavour. The glowing reviews were enough to convince me next time we come to The Dip it will be dogs and burgers all round.
Disappointing as the nachos were, almost everything else hit the spot – the drinks were tasty (albeit expensive for what you get), the sides won everyone over (bar the wings for Lex & I) and the burger and hot dog stole the show. The Dip is what we would call the perfect place to get your drunk munchies on. I can imagine after a few hours of drinking a hot dog or burger from here would go down so damn well.
Goodgod Small Club
55 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9283 8792
The Dip Website