Our table on the sheltered terrace was perfect to bask the gorgeous afternoon and trying to decide what to order.
We ended up ordering some of our waitress’ recommendations with a few dishes of our own choosing.
We’re both not big drinkers (I prefer not being able to taste my alcohol) and these tea cocktails fit the bill just right.
The Coconut Dream with its young coconut water, fresh pineapple juice, and wild tea Vodka was refreshing and so light. Meanwhile the Peaches & Phoenix – a peach ice tea with what I think was peach schnapps – was a little stronger, but was still quite delicious and not too alcoholic in taste.
We loved how vibrant these Hong Kong style dumplings of prawn, scallop, and baby bamboo looked.
It wasn’t all looks and no substance either – flavours were spot on and seasoned just right; I could eat a ton of these.
These juicy pork and soup dumplings were served with fresh ginger and black vinegar .
While there wasn’t as much soup as we were expecting, the incredibly tender and juicy pork filling more than made up for it.
This was one of the dishes our waitress recommended: 9+ Oakley Ranch Wagyu beef sitting on four leaf greens with a smear of in-house chilli paste stuffed into a Chinese “taco” bun.
It tasted even better than it looked! The beef was wonderfully succulent and packed a punch in flavour; there was a little kick of heat for me, but M felt nothing.
Like an idiot I ate it like how I would eat an actual taco: from the side. Everything just dropped out and it was a complete mess. M shook her head at me and simply said, “Gotta eat it top-down, dude”. Lesson well learnt!
These next two dishes really made our night.
The stir fried green beans were topped with pork mince and house made dried prawn and scallop in XO sauce.
The beans were crisp and fresh, but what really made this dish amazing was the pork, prawn, and scallop topping. There was something about it that made us coming back for more in spite of how full we were getting; we were so glad this was recommended to us!
Under that crackling were several good sized portions of pork belly accompanied by Pu’er and spice infused tea eggs.
The pork belly was spectacularly tender, succulent, and perfectly seasoned.
It was so good that it left M wanting more of that fantastic sauce to drizzle over her rice.
The beans, pork belly, and premium American short grain Kaede steamed rice ($3 per serve) were all wonderful on their own (yes, even the rice, but then again, I do love my rice), but was a totally unbeatable combination when eaten all together.
In preparation for dessert, we ordered the Tropical Jasmine Punch iced tea – a Jasmine Pearl cold infusion with fresh papaya and fresh pineapples.
I love how refreshingly sweet it was (but not so much that it was cloying).
As I mentioned earlier, we’re not big drinkers, but the hazelnut martini (as far as martinis goes) wasn’t too bad – just a little on the strong side for us.
I cannot deny that I licked the chocolate flakes around the rim though.
I loved how this dish was presented – so pretty! (Though in saying that, we were pretty impressed with the presentation throughout dinner – absolutely adore the crockery used).
The coconut and kaffir lime sorbet was bright and tangy enough without being too sharp. Accompanying it were strips of young coconut, coconut water, and black sticky rice.
M would pile a bit of each on her plate and drizzle some coconut water on top; delicious.
The fantastically fudge-y chocolate brownie was served with banana, spiced wine jus, salted palm sugar ice cream, and salted almond praline.
As much as I loved the brownie, that ice cream was simply awesome.
Pu’er has a chill, relaxing vibe with friendly and attentive wait staff and with such great, fresh, and beautifully presented food makes it a fantastic place to hang out with friends.
es&t dined as guests of Pu’er
20a Danks Street
Waterloo, NSW, 2017
Ph: (02) 8399 1331