I very often find myself in Liverpool due to work or domestic circumstance. Having lived in the city for several years it is packed to the rafters with great places to eat so no complaints from me.
I am usually accommodating a somewhat fussy 13 year old in restaurant choice, so it was with surprise that he agreed to try Tiger Rock on Smithdown Road in South Liverpool. I had driven past it earlier and never spotted it previously. A quick Google and the menu, described as South East Asian Hawker Food, was incredibly appealing. The small plate way of eating seems to be coming to more and more concept restaurants and being greedy, it’s a brilliant way to try several dishes from the menu and get a wider appreciation of what the kitchen can do.
We went early evening without a reservation and were greeted and sat down immediately in a window seat. The restaurant is a really bright space with a colour theme running from walls to furniture to menu. It looks very smart.
The friendly staff enquired if we had eaten here before and explained the style of eating and that dishes arrive as and when. We were offered a suggested number of dishes and I think we may have added one more as we couldn’t decide between a couple on the shortlist. We went for Satay Ayam, which were juicy flavoursome chicken skewers with the obligatory peanut sauce. These were excellent. Next from the kitchen arrived the Po Pia Bhet, duck spring rolls drizzled in hoi sin sauce. These went straight to the top of junior’s favourites and we were only on dish 2.
Siu Pai Qat came next and these were again very tasty Chinese style barbecue ribs. The “mains” were next. With a trip to Malaysia and Vietnam upcoming I wanted to try the Rendang Kentang. The beef curry with potato went straight to my number one choice of the evening. Rich flavours with melt in the mouth beef topped in fluffy spuds. Divine.
Add in a some carbs in the form of Nasi Goreng and Pad Thai and we realised we really should have gone for one or the other. They were both excellent but a bridge too far, as despite being described as small plates, the portions on all of the dishes are really quite filling.
The above was all washed down with a couple of bottles of Singha beer. We left full and very impressed and even junior had tried all the dishes and enjoyed them. He ordered a dessert, which I had to watch him eat whilst bursting and proclaimed the Apple Spring Rolls and Ice Cream “lush.”
We will be back to Tiger Rock. This was small plate Asian food at its best. Love the concept, the kitchen is great and the front of house staff friendly and chatty. A new Liverpool favourite and they have a City Centre branch if you are in town doing some shopping.