The last half of my Mushroom Mania review for the month is finally up! Mushroom Mania is run by Australian Mushroom Growers every July to highlight the amazing mushroom dishes on offer at cafés, bistros, clubs, pubs and restaurants across Australia; and luckily for me, one of my favourite eateries: Pearl’s Diner have recently added a new vegetarian burger to their menu with the hero ingredient being… *drum roll* Swiss mushrooms! You readers can also be a part of Mushroom Mania month and by joining in, you can be in the chance to win a $100 restaurant voucher. Details at the bottom of this post. Good luck!
Lemon iced tea
A refreshing beverage to kick off one’s appetite with a shot of lemon syrup provided so you can cater the sweetness to your taste buds.
Buttermilk fried chicken wing; $4.00
We started off with a buttermilk fried chicken wing to share. Just by looking at the photo, you can tell how incredibly crunchy the skin was that it shattered with each
chomp bite. The chicken wing was not greasy and the meat was moist, juicy and sweet. Our fingers, however did get a bit dirty from the juices but thankfully, there was a wet towel provided to clean said fingers. I did find the skin a touch salty but the accompanied lemon wedge offered relief after I squeezed a bit of the citrus over my chicken piece.
Burger #1: 100% Coorong Angus beef, lettuce, tomato and truck sauce served with fries; $14.00
My usual go-to burger: the classic #1.
Vegetarian burger: swiss brown mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, American cheese and truck sauce served with fries; $14.00
Now on to the ‘healthier’ option on offer: the vegetarian burger. Large Swiss mushrooms piled between a slice of melted American cheese, a fresh tomato slice, crisp lettuce, a good squiggle of truck sauce and two lightly toasted soft Bread Top buns. Oh how I’m salivating as I type this! The mushrooms were thick and super juicy with a sweet and earthy flavour, a great substitute for meat. You could individually taste each ingredient in the burger, each one complementing the other and all with their different textural contrast.
The burger did get a bit messy half way through as the filling started to ooze out the bottom but it was so worth the mess. I’d happily order this again when I’m after something a bit more ‘healthier’. Did you know that Australian research suggests that women eating 10g of mushrooms or more have a 50-65% lower risk of breast cancer compared to those women who don’t? There are unique compounds in mushrooms that may protect us from both breast and prostate cancer so get onto it folks! It’s tasty, good for you and easy to combine in ones meals or a good meal option when dining out. A normal serve of mushrooms is 100g (three button mushrooms or one flat mushroom); which is a simple and delicious way to get at least one of your 2&5 serves each day. Easy done!
Belgian waffle with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream; $10.00
We couldn’t leave Pearl’s without having a taste of their popular waffles. They had a variety of waffle concoctions with popular flavours such as the: ‘You’re my type, Cherry Ripe’ waffle with cherry ice cream, chocolate sauce, and coconut or ‘Ferrero Oh Yeah’ waffle with Ferrero Rocher ice cream and Belgian chocolate. Sounds amazingly decadent no? We stuck with the more simple and original combination of maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. Sweet crispy waffle straight out of the waffle maker, a good drizzle of maple syrup and a healthy scoop of good ol’ vanilla ice cream. Perfect!
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dbites dined at Pearl’s Diner with compliments of the Australian Mushroom Growers Association as part of the Mushroom Mania month.
38A Briar Road
Felixstow SA 5070