Colonial style pub with modern Australian food in Melbourne.
As the place was empty, we didn’t really get to experience it at its best. One thing we did notice was they kept dimming and brightening the lights – perhaps even they didn’t know what feel they were going for.
We originally booked online but upon arriving they told us their emailing system was down and our booking service didn’t go through. We ended up sitting in the front bar area – which was fine seeing as it was empty. Despite them being quite empty we took a while to get served and when we finally managed to wave someone down, they informed us that we had to order at the bar. By this point – not giggling too much.
Definitely made up for the mediocre service. What we had:
- Quinoa salad: golden beets, pomegranate, shanklish and honey yoghurt
- Crispy fried chicken with sriracha mayo
- Salt and pepper squid with harissa mayo
- Captain’s burger: wagyu, bacon, cheese, Yarra Valley eggs, pickles
Crispy fried chicken was the winning dish – the chicken was tender and the batter was thin and crispy. The sweetness of the honey yoghurt and pomegranate of the quinoa salad complimented the crispy fried chicken very nicely. Definitely a pair worth ordering together. Captains burger was good – you could tell it was made fresh and it was tasty but nothing really stood out. Won’t be disappointed if you do order it though. Probably our least favourite, the salt and pepper squid – unfortunately the harissa mayo didn’t enhance the dish any more. What we were left with was salty squid with salty mayo.
Although the service and ambience was average, we would definitely recommend coming here to nibble on the food. A great place to share a beer and food with a group of friends (if your booking goes through the system).