Palace Hotel, South Melbourne, Melbourne
We hiked over to the Palace Hotel for a gigantic team group lunch. The staff did a great job of co-ordinating dishes across the twenty-plus sized squad. The quality of the fare was well, fair. The place has a great, buzzy vibe on our Friday afternoon and it’s clear to see it’s a favourite with the locals. Not necessarily worth heading in solely for the food, but definitely the atmosphere at The Palace Hotel is a good one to be in.
The exterior of the pub-cum-restaurant is unassuming. So it’s a bit of a surprise just how big the place is when you step in. There’s practically three-ish areas for you to dine, in which there all have their own, unique feel. We were outside in the courtyard with a dominating gigantic long table seating. Plenty of space should our voices echo. And they sure did after a few drinks too.
We probably didn’t do ourselves any favours with the slow ordering from our side, with dishes all across the board. Adi had the Pizza ($13) with leek, blue cheese, walnuts and olive oil as pictured above.
My order was for the bangers and mash dish (around the $20 mark). This featured two hearty sausages and a lake of rich, meaty gravy. I enjoyed the gravy although may have preferred it served on the side. It didn’t quite have the balance I was after. I would have been happy with less sausage, more potato, or maybe just different treatment of the gravy. All flavours on the plate were fine and by all means a good level of lunch and I left the bar full of food (and booze).
The star of the orders was most likely in the steaks. As media people who don’t often get publisher jollies, there were plenty of steak orders on the table. The 3oogram Porterhouse steak ($30) was served with salad and chips or mash and vege as well as a sauce of the diner’s choosing. The mash was tasty and creamy and the steaks were all served correct to order with glowing remarks from those who ordered. A good little (big) pub spot for a pint as well as decent pub cuisine. A perfect drinking hole for those in the neighbourhood.
Other South Melbourne lunch delights: O’Connell’s Hotel, South Melbourne; Hercules Morse, South Melbourne