I heard, or more accurately, saw photos of the food at Huxtable through Instagram. A quick Google search showed heaps of blog reviews, all raving about how good the food is. I quickly made a booking for dinner after browsing the sharing options menu to look for dishes I would like. I knew the Korean Pork Ribs were a must order.
The restaurant is a very tiny space, utilising all of it to sit as many customers as possible while still maintaining a level of comfort. I like the assorted table arrangements and felt a good vibe there. The open kitchen makes for interesting viewing, and you can even catch the man himself, Daniel, happily posing for a photo should you aim your camera in his direction, such as I did.
To start the meal, I ordered the XO Crab Buns, Tom Yam School Prawns and Crisp Filo Lamb Logs. The lamb logs were good, with a crispy exterior while not being too dry inside. The crab buns were excellent, with the soft buns complemented by the zingy crab filling. Lastly, the school prawns were so moreish that you can't stop going back for more.
Next up, on the 'To Share' options, I ordered the Chicken Liver Parfait with Rillettes and Salami, Sweetcorn and Black Bean Salad, the famous Korean Pork Ribs and a Wagyu Green Curry. For me, the liver parfait dish was probably the dish I liked least of the night, and I had thought it would be the dish I would like most. While the items were quite nice, they didn't really excite me much. Instead, the sweetcorn salad was really exciting, with chipotle and lime creme fraiche really making it rich and spicy. It does get a bit heavy by the end when the creme fraiche starts to really kick in. Definitely a dish to share amongst a few people. The wagyu curry was more of a dry style curry, but the addition of the other elements helped to make it less dry. It was a good solid dish. And lastly, the Korean ribs are out of this world amazing. They're quite spicy, so watch out if you can't handle hot food. Served with a spicy slaw and chili gherkin, this was a fantastic dish that I want again and again.
Despite being extremely full by this stage, I forced everyone to eat desserts still. It is the best part of every meal. The Dark Chocolate and Peanut Delice with salted caramel and chocolate sorbet was an excellent dessert. So rich and beautiful. You can't go too wrong with salted caramel, and paired with chocolate, it's a deadly combination. The final dessert we had was the Rhubarb Jam Doughnuts with orange blossom custard and yoghurt sorbet. This was such a great dessert. The rhubarb worked so well with the custard and I couldn't stop eating them.
The service was really friendly and professional. I liked how the waitress help recommend the amount of food as it's really hard to judge how big serving sizes are with a lot of the sharing options at modern restaurants now. She helped cull back some of my enthusiasm or else we would have had far too much food, which is such a waste and I hate that. The ambiance was really good, with the small room buzzing from happy people. I really loved the food and the flavours were very exciting. I'm definitely going back for more and would recommend you go as well.
Overall Rating: 16/20, Exciting fusion food in a comfortable setting.
Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20:Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.