When you think of the Ibis brand, you think of the Hotel Chain, right? Now, keep it in your mind as a restaurant choice too. With the recent Summer Menu launched, you can visit Ibis Kitchen, Mascot for an affordable dinner that comes bursting with flavor, beautifully plated and food that will certainly leave your stomach feeling completely satisfied.
The menu has a home cooked feel to it and the meals come out nicely presented. The chefs certainly love their work and take great pride in creating dishes to please their guests. The place was full of people having Christmas parties, a dinner with their colleagues and families enjoying a meal together. It really suits many people.
We were invited here to sample the Summer Menu and begun with a few drinks to whet the appetite. For myself, I had the mojito – great to have when socializing with friends, but you can also choose from a wide selection of cocktails, wines and beers and some crazy shakes.
Canapes accompanied this, a shared bruschetta plate and prawn cocktail skewers were flavoured with lime and chili, pressed into a huge slice of watermelon. Combined with my mojito, it was a refreshing start to the evening.
Following this we were seated to enjoy a meal which began with sliders, a smaller version of their popular ‘Ibis Standard Boomer Burger’; meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese, beetroot and pickles on a sesame seed bun. Really enjoyed these. One of the other lovely canapes was the squid with napolitana sauce.
The lamb kofta: soft inside and nicely chargrilled spiced lamb, beautifully flavoured with mint, yoghurt, zucchini, sumac and pickle, this is great as an entrée to share with a group or as a party snack.
Then on to substantial meals for suited for sharing. the Riverina rib eye, grilled and set atop crisp chargrilled vegetables and potatoes, so colourful and drizzled with a salsa verde.
The Thai beef salad, like that mountain one wants to climb, it was towering with green papaya, Asian Greens, julienne vegetables, a great combination of flavours, topped with marinated beef strips at the peak.
When one thinks that they are full, there’s always that other stomach that exists. It is called the dessert stomach. I’m pretty sure we all have one. I’m glad mine was there, particularly for their crème brulee – a soft custard (vanilla beans visible, so I knew it was going to be good), and the sugar layer cracked just as it should.
With this, came the “shimmy shakes”, and may I say that you should shimmy right in and get yourself one of these beauties. They are the Mickey Mouse to a child at Disneyland. A glass jar filled with chocolate or caramel shakes, topped with half of the lolly jar (pretzels, marshmallows, popcorn, waffles, sauce and cream). Wow. Kids and adults alike will love this one.
A menu suitable for any guest. Stay in the hotel, or pop on in for a meal and you won’t be disappointed.
Although we didn’t stay, we did look at the rooms and had a chance to see the new refurb that has taken place. This hotel caters for travelers and business guests alike. Ibis is the most popular and recognized brand of their hotel group – it is clean, comfortable and appropriate for families. Being close to the airport, and affordable, it is an easy choice.
Thanks to Travel with Raf and Ibis Hotels for the invitation.