While Taka is the king of Barrack Street, that has certainly not stopped other shops from giving it a go in the lucrative Perth CBD. One recent addition is Pepper Lunch which boasts franchises all over South East Asia. In the last three weeks, I had two lunches here already. To describe Pepper Lunch, it takes a DIY approach where each diner gets a hot plate with a choice of meat. Armed with sweet sauce in one hand and garlic in the other, diners mix the flavours to their liking. However, I decided to skip the mixing and tried the J Hamburger curry set.
The curry sauce was delish! The burger was very well marinated and tasted great alongside with the curry! Unfortunately though, this was all in vain as the rice was deceptively gluggy! It was sticky, with the top looking perfect. Sad but true, Asians should cook rice pretty decently but not all can. Nonetheless, I scooped out the sticky ones and ate those were good! Still a very enjoyable dish over all.
Mei on the other hand ordered the Kimchi Beef which was pretty nice as well. The taste of the Kimchi was good and the sauce was generous. But wet Kimchi and wet rice really does not go well together.
Last Sunday, I also came here with fishman and little darling. Fishman ordered the shimofuri which was the steak! Pretty nice and tender but it was all very oily. Regardless of whether your meat needs cooking like the steak or a cooked on like the hamburger, the hotplate was heavily coated with oil to prevent the food from sticking! Pepper Lunch is not your typical fast food. It came out fast but not McDonalds fast. Regardless of all the complains, Pepper Lunch is a welcoming addition. It might not cook rice nicely, and neither is the long queue or coming out stinky appealing, but hey, its decently priced lunch for quality stuff.