Review: The Dip at Goodgod (Chinatown)

Another food blogger pig-out. This time we met in the hottest fun-food spot in town: The Dip. It’s not a restaurant, but the eat station attached to The Goodgod bar in the city, basically the counter where people order food when having drinks in this dark and loud basement. But not us, we were there for the food.

I was the first to arrive and grabbed a spot in the brightest corner of the table. I thought it was a very clever thing to do but it turned out to be a silly mistake, because the dishes were placed in the middle of the table for iPod-lightened photo-taking. The distance plus my rookie shooting skills resulted in awful photos. But I’ve learned the lesson for next time.

When almost all the girls had arrived, we decided to order a few sides to share and a “main” each. Mains were actually sandwiches, ’cause that’s the kind of food you crave when you’re drinking.

The grilled corn was good, especially when dipped in lime mayo. I didn’t find the chipotle salt particularly flavourful. The corn was cut in 5 pieces so we had to order another serving.

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn ($8)

The salsa fries were great. Thanks to the tomato salsa and cheese on top they were a bit of a mess to eat (a theme with most of the dishes), but thankfully there were still crunchy bits here and there.

Salsa Fries

Salsa Fries ($6)

On the healthier side, we ordered grilled snow peas (with coriander and vinaigrette) and apple & cabbage coleslaw. Both were good, although they were abandoned for a while on my half of the table. Guess not everybody was so excited about them.

Snow Peas

Snow Peas ($8)


Slaw ($6)

We also got pulled pork nachos to share. They looked awesome, but sadly when I got to try them the totopos were completely soggy. The yummy things on top that drowned the chips included 12-hour smoked pork, pinto beans, tomato salsa, BBQ sauce, lime cream and cheese.

Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos ($15)

For mains, some of the girls ordered the popular Lev’s Dawg: smoked kosher hot dog w/chipotle mayo, fresh tomato salsa, grilled yellow peppers and American mustard on a steamed bun. It was stubbier than a typical American hot dog and looked really good. The girls said it was indeed excellent, with a good chipotle kick that was a bit too much for some and not noticeable for others.

Lev's Dawg

Lev’s Dawg ($12)

Other girls, including me, ordered the Southern Smoke sambo, featuring the same 12-hour smoked pulled pork plus BBQ beans, apple & cabbage slaw and a BBQ sauce that was supposed to be spicy but wasn’t. The pork was ultra-smokey, the filling was tasty but the bottom half of my bun was so soggy that I had to eat almost all the sandwich with a knife and fork. I think a sturdier bun would work better with such a moist filling.

Southern Smoke

Southern Smoke ($12)

The only girl who ordered The Damn Skippy, a grilled kangaroo & macadamia burger with beetroot, dill mayo and rocket, had to wait a long time for it to arrive. Luckily, she liked it, she said the patty was nice and moist, but she couldn’t feel the macadamias. When the burger was gone there was a reddish stain on the plate, we thought it was blood from medium-rare cooked meat but it was beetroot juice.

The Damn Skippy

The Damn Skippy ($12)

Everybody got so busy chatting that we almost forgot about dessert. But there were a few people with a sweet tooth to satisfy, so a few orders of Cookies N Cream (salted caramel ice cream between two chocolate molasses cookies w/hot chocolate fudge) and one of Ice Cold Guac (sweet avocado ice cream, strawberry salsa and waffle chips) were ordered. Both were really small for their price ($10 each) but the girls seemed to enjoy it.

Cookies N Cream

Cookies N Cream ($10)

Ice Cold Guac

Ice Cold Guac ($10)

As much as I wanted a drink I had a huge sleep debt and went home early to crash in bed. Till next time, bloggers!

Keep an eye on this blogs if you want to see better photos than mine of the night: Adventurous me, gluten free, Crunchytiger, I Dream In Chocolate, Insatiable Munchies, Obese Baby, Sugar’s Sweet Blog, The Adventures Of Miss Piggy, The Creamy Middles.

The Dip at Goodgod
55 Liverpool St
Chinatown NSW 2000

12 thoughts on “Review: The Dip at Goodgod (Chinatown)

  1. Mmmm….just looking at this makes me want another Lev Dawg. Would you believe Dave made a smokey pork dish at home that tasted exactly like the Pulled Pork at The Dip…clever chap that he is. I’m bringing a spotlight to the next dark restaurant…my photos are so dark! Oi.

  2. I have to agree that the dessert was rather small for the steep price although that avocado ice cream was really good! Was great to catch up :)

  3. Mmm, I love a good apple slaw! And those totopos look far too thin for all that pork, lol. I still think you got some pretty nice shots though.

  4. I love the saltiness in those fries with that Salsa! Not quite value for money, but great to share. The music was all a bit random, though. =)

  5. I think I need to try that pulled pork sambo. The corn looks amazing as well.

    In spite of ypur lighting issues I think the photos look pretty good.

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