In this series of our Organic and Non-GMO trail, we bring you to Astoria in New York, to a restaurant inspired by Australian cuisine.
The Thirsty Koala, is conveniently located just blocks away from the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd NW train subway station.
The restaurant’s logo is a cute Koala holding a mug of beer, and a big size toy Koala with her baby greets you at the restaurant entrance. Serving Australian-inspired cuisine to its diners for the past six years, Chef Katherine welcomed us warmly as we entered the restaurant.
The Thirsty Koala
The restaurant menu changes with each season, ensuring you get the freshest seasonal ingredients available.
Having heard so much about the delicious desserts that Australians enjoyed back home, we decide to deviate from the norm and jumped straight into the desserts.
The first deliciousness we tried was the Pavlova, a meringue based with fresh cream, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, and a passion fruit cooling. My mouth is watering while I write about it. It’s soft to the pallet, with a light taste while it melts in your mouth accompanied by a cheese-like taste although it’s dairy-free… Mmmm…
Next, we had the Lamington, which is a yellow sponge cake prepared with organic eggs, organic sugar, and organic coconut milk. Yes, dairy free and gluten free! You don’t have to feel bad about eating anything from here afterwards, because it’s all organic.
Sweet Caramel Slice
The third dessert was the crunchy and sweet Caramel slice, which is made with coconut shortbread. It has caramel layer and a Callebuat Belgian chocolate that is melted in-house, with some sea salt added on top. I would loved to have eaten another slice had I not been reminded that we had more dishes to try ahead of us.
To stimulate your appetite, you could order the “LSA bowl,” which is a combination of linseed/flaxseed, sunflower seeds, almonds, organic housemade coconut labneh, fresh fruit, house granola, agave, and nigella seed.
If you like seafood, here is one dish you have to try. It consists of wild Maine whitewater mussels and gulf prawns with chorizo paella. Just simply looking at the dish makes my mouth water.
Grilled pastured lamb
The grilled pastured lamb dish is something not to be missed. This is like going back to the olden days where you could have pastured lamb instead of the over-commercialized meat produced today by the majority of the food industry.
Isn’t this dish beautiful? It is like enjoying a piece of art.
If you like a bit of a spice in your meal, try the braised Dubreton pork belly. Did you know that Dubreton is the first pork producer in North America to receive the Certified Humane ® certification?
It is comforting to know that the meat comes from animals that are allowed to gaze and live naturally in an open, cage-free environment, without antibiotics or hormone injections, for their entire life.
If you like chicken, they have pastured chicken from Joyce farms. Finger-licking good!
The Thirsty Koala uses organic vegetables grown from their own garden for their special dishes. Look at the following picture displaying freshly grown heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, and summer squash, along with some lemon cucumbers.
It reminds me of my younger days when my grandmother cooked for us — vegetables freshly picked from her garden.
It was sweet memories brought back to life by just looking at the picture.
We will definitely come back again for more of Chef Katherine’s innovative dishes, prepared with love and concern for her guests’ well-being. If you strive for wild seafood, meat from pastured animals, garden to table and gluten-free, then I can definitely recommend The Thirsty Koala.
Give the waiter a heads up about any food allergies you might have when you visit The Thirsty Koala. They will cater to your needs.
Brought to you by: The Organic and Non-GMO team