Posted 21 Reviews
Sometimes when you are a fairly regular type of bloke at a restaurant, you don't put in any efforts to review it. God forbid a cackle of Poms should start to frequent the place. Our even worse, Yanks. But here we go, Kakadu.
Kakadu is a stalwart, a legend, an institution. There's that. But there's a whole lot more. On this last visit, I had "several" glasses of very serviceable red wine at happy hour prices, served by an excellent bartender with a lead-handed pour. God bless you and I hope Santa brings you something special.
Dinner was a selection of crab spring rolls - crispy, excellent - combined with a nicely cooked sirloin - medium rare. What I love is that you have great food, not pretentious at all, with great wines and nice people. Like a good Australian mate. Hangs out, swears a bit, great character. Keep it up, Kakadu.
Posted 29 Reviews
An Aussie, a Pom and a Kiwi go to an Australian bar....
The good: Nice setting, with an extensive Aussie wine list. The oysters were delicious, we went on the day they have a promotion for them, the dozen disappeared pretty quick! They're advertised as being shipped up live and being the freshest in town, and they certainly tasted like it. I would definitely go back again for the oysters.
As it was our first time, we'd never seen the menu, and we got drawn in by the meat. The lamb was the best dish of night! The only other time I seem to eat in this town is at Xinjiang restaurants, and the flavour here is on a whole new level. When I go back, I'll definitely have the lamb.
Great service from front of house, kitchen was a bit slow, more on that later! Waitress was easy to get hold of and had no communication problems.
The bad: Steak was waaaay over cooked, we debated sending it back but it took so long to come out, and a good ten minuted after my friends lamb dish, that we just ate it. Chalked it up to "ah this is Shanghai", but really, it shouldnt be like that in a Western restaurant, particularly one where the bill runs into the thousands. We had the tomahawk, which is best for two or one seriously hungry mo fo.
Also pet peeve of mine is restaurants in Shanghai using packet chips. Back home you'd never serve fish and chips with chips out a bag, and Kakadu is another restaurant on the list that does it. They're so bland and boring and really bring a good meal down - when you're paying Shanghai prices for western food, I just feel a bit let down by the frozen chips, it's what a roadside cafe in England would use.
The strange - When chatting to the Aussie front of house dude, and chatting about where we're all from, he said he was from Cairns, and had we heard of it....still not sure if that's Queensland humour or if he genuinely thought an Aussie, a Kiwi and a pom knew where Cairns was....
I'd defo go back again, despite the few little issues, the food was great, and tasted normal, no weird surprises, no MSG (hopefully) just good old Aussie tucker