As a replacement for the old eyesore Avenue 9 on the northern end of Beaufort Street, Miss Kitty’s Saloon is decidedly much more interesting.
The Western-themed bar/restaurant is as kitschy as they come despite looking rather ordinary from the outside, decked out with old saloon doors, a worn piano and a background soundtrack of Johnny Cash.
I’m not sure whether it was because it was a Wednesday night or because it’s the norm, but as soon as we sat down the service was hard to fault.
Miss Kitty’s Saloon is dedicated to the fine (albeit fatty) cuisine of the US and Canada, so those looking for something a little more complicated and upper class should head further up Beaufort Street.
I barely had time to look at the wine list when our waitress came back and took our complete order, which would normally annoy me but since it was the most disgusting weather that I’d seen in a while it wasn’t hard to make a decision – particularly on red wine.
Taking the saloon feel to another level we were given a bowl of peanuts to shell and by the time our food came we’d only just finished the entire bowl.
The traditional-style buffalo wings came out first, and for the Wednesday special of $14.80 it was total value for money.
They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect: greasy, crunchy, hard to eat and drenched in US culture (and mild sauce).
However, since I’m not a massive fan of fried chicken, I found the trout croquettes with pickled onion and capers a nice change. Not only were they tasty but the trout was smooth and almost melt-in-your-mouth.
The roast duck waffles with sweet potato were possibly one of the most deliciously different dishes I’ve ever had. I never imagined that duck, maple syrup, waffles and sweet potato would mix but I was so wrong. The sweetness of the maple syrup paired with the roasted duck was perfect, and the duck-to-waffle ratio was almost even – there was even duck inside the waffles, which I was quite excited about at the time.
For two coffees, a glass of Pinot Noir and four dishes a bill of $78 isn’t even remotely expensive.
Miss Kitty’s Saloon is summed up in its mac and cheese: it’s okay, it’s simple and it’s fun, but you don’t really expect better than good from a place that serves US-style food and drinks.
It’s just a shame it’s away from the main Mount Lawley strip.
Miss Kitty’s Saloon
882 Beaufort Street
Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday.