There are so many cute places to eat on Smith Street – and Easy Tiger is one of them. Take a peek inside – the interior looks oh-so-inviting, modern eatery schmick with a hint of cool. On a recent visit with a couple of friends, we came across some big hits – and a couple of small misses.
From the outset, the waiter tells us Easy Tiger is ‘all about sharing’ – so why are the serving sizes not so share-friendly? At $25-$30 a main, I was expecting more. There’s enough to go around our small group of three, but I get the feeling we’re being polite (‘Oh no, I’m getting full – why don’t you have the rest?’). The salt and pepper silken tofu, listed under ‘street food’, comes dressed with a smoked eggplant and sesame soy tapenade, which is delicate in appearance and very strong in taste. But we can’t help feeling a little hard done by trying to share just two very small pieces of tofu. We also sample the betel leaf with prawn, peanuts and coconut, and I have an oyster with red chilli nahm jim – both are nice.
Happily, we order a couple of winners. The king oyster mushrooms with rolled rice noodles are great – beautiful big flavours, rich with mushrooms and lovely chewy rolls of rice noodle. The son-in-law eggs are also good, as is the penang curry of pumpkin.
I’m still feeling hungry, so I order dessert. This too is a absolute cracker – coconut sago pudding topped with a clear jelly of agar agar and a lovely crispy, very caramalised banana and a palm sugar sauce.
So, order well and you won’t be disappointed, but stray the path and you might end up feeling once bitten, twice shy.
99 Smith Street, Collingwood