Date visited: 8th December 2012
Kurabuta Pork is the most highly prized pork in Japan and comes from one of the oldest breeds of pig, the Black Bershire. It is well known for its rich flavour, texture and juiciness.
I recently heard about a restaurant that specialises in Kurabuta pork, called (surprise, surprise!) Gypsy & Pig, so on the rare occasion that MerlinFan suggested paying one of the places on my wish list a visit, I readily agreed.
The interior of Gypsy & Pig is much smaller than it appears on the outside. There are only two tables and approximately 12 seats at the central counter looking in at the kitchen whilst the chef prepares your meal. MerlinFan and I thought we were smart coming at 5.30pm on Saturday night to avoid the crowds, but were surprised to see half the restaurant already filled with people eating. That says a lot about the popularity of the place. Since we didn't have a booking, our dinner was limited to 1.5 hours.
The decor of Gypsy & Pig is moody and beautiful, from dark tables and chairs to the delicate little pig figurines adorning every corner.
We were given their food and drink menu, and also a board of their specials.
|Cute pig board|
Gorgeous wine glass
MerlinFan had the Slow Cooked Kurobuta Belly & Egg in Sweet Soy.
|Slow Cooked Kurobuta Belly $18|
I had the Deepfried Crumbed Kurobuta Loin and upgraded it to a Teishoku (set), which came with miso soup, steamed rice, a small dish and pickled vegetables.
|Crumbed Kurobuta Loin $20|
At Gypsy & Pig, the dishes are admittedly expensive for the portion sizes, but I feel you pay for quality rather than quantity. Staff are polite and attentive, and seating is very limited so bookings are definitely recommended.
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