Before going away on holiday, boy and I finally made our way to Fairfield (thanks to a bit of encouragement from the ShoeFairy), to the Green Peppercorn restaurant in the Fairfield Hotel. We've been meaning to go there since it opened mid-year, but somehow never got around to it until recently. The reason we were so interested in Green Peppercorn is because it is the little brother to the Holy Basil phenomenon in Canley Heights. The siblings of the owner of Holy Basil have branched out on this new venture, and so you can expect some of the favourites from their brother's restaurant to make it onto the menu here, also.
Mixed entree $9.90
Crispy pork belly with stir-fried kang-kong $18.90
Soft shell crab $16.90
Now while I would love to jump straight to dessert, I should probably start at the beginning. Walking into the restaurant, you can tell that they've taken a lot of care with the decor. It's an enormous space that they're working with, and it's broken up well by a long high-backed bench seat running down the length of the restaurant, as well as statues and a tuk-tuk brightening the space.
Finally onto dessert, and the choice is paralysing. Ranging from ~$10-$15, there are more authentic Lao/Thai choices, fusion options, or enormous sundaes. The three of us went with an enormous sundae and the fried ice cream that Holy Basil has made famous. Fried ice cream is as good as we expected, and the sundae was great also. Being 'healthy', we chose the fruity paradise bliss sundae, but I think I'd prefer to go with a different option next time.
While I'd happily go back for their food again (there are at least 15 more desserts to try), I hope that they can iron out some of the kinks in their operation. At one point our meal felt like a regressive dinner, with mains coming before entrees, which came before my drink (fabulous lychee and strawberry smoothie). Service, also, needs some stream-lining, as it was difficult to wave down waitstaff at times, and then a road-runner waitress who zooms in to clear empty plates almost before we'd finished with them at others.
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