I don’t know whether this is the official name or just a logan but it is proudly mentioned on the signage so that’s how we call it. In Darra, where Darra Station Road hits Ipswich Highway, there is a shopping complex with a grocery shop, fruit & veggie market, butchery and this restaurant.
Brisbane Cityの南西DarraにあるHello My Friendレストランです。ここのウェイター（オーナー?）が非常に個性的で面白い。遠方から友達が遊びにくると必ず連れて行くのは(ここに限らずですが)、このあたりのレストランのMudcrabです。あとBreakfast Creek Hotelという歴史あるパブでステーキとオイスター。追々BC Hotelについてもブログアップすると思います。この2点が僕のすすめるブリスベンの食の観光名所です。
“My friend” is un-missable. He is the most unique waiter in all of Brisbane. You should count how many times he calls you ‘my friend’ during a meal. He has been around for a while. He was at Cam Ran before and before that, he was at Que Hong. He usually singlehandedly waits the entire restaurant. His moves are fast enough to act equivalent to several waiters. He talks fast (though very repetitive), walks fast, brings food fast, etc. But he does forget your fresh lemon soda many times. Just don’t be shy to remind him, as he will tell you.
I found the food variable during lunch time on the several occasions we visited but when we went during dinner time for the first time last night, it was great. We had been saying to my sister-in-law that we should take her to eat a mudcrab but that didn’t happen due to her flying home yesterday and my baby daughter not recovering from her flu during her stay. Sorry T-chan, to go eat crab the same day you went back to Japan!
There are 2 regular spots I like to take visitors to. The Breakfast Creek Hotel for a very authentic Aussie meal including the ambience, fresh oysters, their tender rib fillet steak and off the wood beer. The second one is mudcrab in Darra. I reckon the mudcrabs are best done Asian style and serving them Aussie style such as simply boiled or cold with that ketchup/mayo aka seafood sauce doesn’t do justice to the crab. In Darra, Que Hong is usually my wife’s favourite because it is relatively easily accessible with prams and has a cleaner interior. Last night, Que Hong was closed so we decided to visit “My Friend”. The Darra crab pricing is usually $40-50/kg, half of Western style seafood restaurants almost close to some fish markets.
Sitting outside, we were comfortable with the pram. We ordered the followings.
Special Beef Noodle Soup 8.50. The soup sweet, plenty of beef fat flavour and the noodles were firm!
Hot & Sour Soup 4.00. Actually pretty good! I didn’t expect such a good soup from this place.
Spring Rolls 6.00 for 4pcs. Not my type. The chilli sauce made it even more worse.
Bowl of Rice and Hong Kong (Dry Chilli) Style Mudcrab 1.2kg @ 39.90/KG as pictured above. Spectacular! The shallots and garlic chips together with the crab guts make a super topping on the rice! Just don’t eat the chilli. They are not for eating as I found out the hard way…
They also had oysters on special 10 for $20. I managed to resist the temptation. Next time,, oysters, next time.. You will be steamed alive with ginger and shallots and be swallowed!
At the end of the meal, I was unpleasantly surprised at the check out and charged 1.2kg x 39.90 for the crab without any prior consultation and I had ordered 1kg of crab specifically. I found this to be a good lesson for training my staff to always fully inform customers on any ambiguous pricing. Well everything on the menu and the crab is cheap from the start, the food is good and I like “My Friend” so I will be back for sure.