So this is my ‘review’ of the Exotic Meat Kebab from The Stuffed Dormouse in Caerleon. This was actually a Christmas present to me from a friend. I can’t say that I have ever tried any of the exotic meats on this menu so it was definitely an experience.
First of all lets have a look at what is on offer:
“We offer various exotic meats including:
If you are feeling adventurous you can sample a piece of each of the exotic meats on our famous King-size Skewer.
All of the exotic meats are served with salad and a choice of potatoes.”
(image from The Stuffed Dormouse website)
Now I admit that this particular item on the menu was more of an experience than a culinary masterpiece. If I were going to choose something purely for taste, I would have chosen the steak and lobster. You can choose the cut and size of your steak and the lobster is fresh from a tank where you choose your own lobster. Can’t get much fresher than that. When I try that, I will let you know what that is like. You might be surprised to discover that steak and lobster would have been a bit cheaper than this skewer. At £25.95, I probably wouldn’t order it again. The rest of the menu seemed brilliant and I look forward to returning to the restaurant and trying more of the tasty looking food.
Lets talk about what you get with this meal – I ordered the skewer (obviously) which comes with a side salad and a choice of potatoes. I ordered chips. The salad was something like rocket dressed with balsamic vinegar. Nothing more. Based on what I have found on other reviews and the image above, it usually comes with more than that but I didn’t particularly mind – I came for the meat. The chips were good and you definitely got enough of them. Then…. the star of the show. A tall tower of meat that looked very inviting. I couldn’t wait to dig in. I didn’t know whether to leave the skewer standing or take it down. I left it standing and started from the bottom up through the list of meats. That way seemed more fun than taking everything off and eating it like regular steak.
I won’t describe every one of the meats because most of them were fairly similar and you should try them for yourself. If I am honest – none of them were as good as a good beef steak but a couple came close. My favourite from the skewer was the reindeer. It was full of flavour, tender and everything that you would want from your favourite beef steak. Buffalo was a close second because it didn’t quite have the same flavour intensity and zebra wasn’t bad either. The crocodile was a strange one because it was unlike any of the others. The closest thing I can think to compare it to would be a meaty squid perhaps? I can’t say I have really eaten anything similar but it wasn’t bad. One or two of the meats were not as good in my opinion. Camel for instance was extremely chewy. I am uncertain whether or not this was because of the way it was prepared or just a quality of the meat. I did ask that all the meat (where possible) was cooked medium-rare. Perhaps I shouldn’t have.
In conclusion, the Exotic Meat Kebab is great as a novelty meal. Go with some friends or family and have a laugh, discuss whilst you try each meat. Compare each one, disagree about which one you believe is the best and enjoy the time you spend together. I doubt that anybody who has tried this meal ordered it because it would be best meal they had ever tasted – but because they could say, “I ate Rudolph”.
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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66