Great meal tonight at The Refinery (previously Bungalow Bistro). Started off with a couple of oysters which The Refinery does really nice things with. These were Apalachicola with lavender, wasabi, mango and cucumber (I am refreshing my memory from their facebook page). Oysters were followed by poutine. The poutine was not the typical gravy and curds but instead the potatoes were topped with pulled pork in a Vermont cheddar sauce. The fries were hand cut and fried perfectly dark and crispy. The poutine was only $5 but it was a huge portion. Following the poutine came pork belly. Pork belly was great- crunchy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. It was accompanied with cabbage and irish bacon and mustard potato salad that deserved to be their own items on the menu. Somehow I ordered an entree on top of this, a pork rib chop no less. The pork was extremely flavorful. I don't know if it was the bourbon glaze or what but it had an extremely rich and distinctive flavor. The pork chop came with brussel sprouts cooked with shiitake mushrooms and chorizo. I liked the brussel sprouts quite a bit but my enthusiasm for eating had waned for obvious reasons by the end of the meal. My wife and I were exceedingly sorry to have to skip the banana bread pudding with peanut butter bacon glaze. For only a couple of weeks in to their new business, The Refinery is really off to a good start.
5137 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603