"Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is “just another chicken”. Most people who tried it, said - it was one of, if not the best, chicken they have EVER had. The chicken is marinated overnight and smoked using Maple wood for up to 5 hours."
"Brined for 8 hours in salt, sugar and spices. The salmon comes out different to all your expectations (in a good way). It is smoked using Apple wood, giving it a very mild smoke flavour. The texture is amazing. Served with a house made dill sauce."
With such a personal style of menu writing how could we refuse such wonderful delights? It was a wet and wild Thursday evening that we ventured over after work, The week had been long, our heads were heavy, we were tired, we were cold, we were late because of Melbourne traffic... Boy did Third Wave have its work cut out to cheer up this glum pair.
Upon entering the cafe, it was bright and airy and we were greeted warmly and shown to our table. A quick look round and everyone looked pretty happy and satisfied so we sat back, relaxed and tried to decide what to eat.
for up to
The meat dishes were such generous portions and so tender whilst remaining juicy. I felt some of the accompanying condiments were a bit same same but nothing can deter from some great meat.
The peas were somewhat random and not quite in theme but our fault for choosing them, I don't think they're on the menu any more so likely because they don't quite go and we should have gone for coleslaw or salad. Don't get me wrong they were tasty little peas but French and BBQ isn't really going to take off as the newest fusion cuisine. They were beautifully done that French way with butter and probably too rich for the meat. Completely our fault for not thinking that one through before ordering. Zingy coleslaw or fresh green salad would be much better for cutting through the meat.
I had high hopes for the smoked mac and cheese but unfortunately the pasta was a little claggy and there wasn't much sauce so it wasn't successful. The crunchy chips (unpictured) were great though.
I'd love to give Third Wave another visit and take my South of the river paleo friends about it. The funny thing is in spite of eating BBQ, I can't help but think of it has a brunch cafe. The decor has definitely more a day time breakfast feel and whilst it does the BBQ food well I can't help but think dimmed down lights, perhaps red checked tablecloths, paper bibs, chunky cutlery, some fiddle music, a bit of sawdust on the floor and an odd yee ha might make the BBQ experience just that little bit more authentic and enjoyable.