Sooo… besides Armada along Hay Street, there is also this little nice hotel-turned-pub on the Eastern side, which we visit every once in a while.
This time, it was the Melbourne Cup celebrations! The great secretaries gathered us all together as we had a good meal and some good booze before watching those horses gallop their way towards victory.
I actually love this place in that it has two different sections – the typical pub-like area where you can play some pool, and hang out quite comfortably with mates on a lazy Friday afternoon, and a classier side, where you can host nice business lunches, without feeling as tho’ you’re part of a pub. :) Brilliance!!
With some specials always placed on the counter – don’t be too anxious to get your order and done with… peep over at the counter to check out their specials and you might be in for a treat without really realising!
I tell you all of that because that’s exactly what happened to me – I was all ready to order some traditional fish and chips, when the little specials stand caught my eye, and I ended up ordering the special grilled fish of the day, which turned out to be a healthier and ultimately good choice! :)
Anyway, enough of that. You usually place your order at the counter, grab a number, then if you want, grab a drink at the bar counter, then go sit down at your preferred location (that’s of course unless you’re with a big group for which I do strongly recommend an early booking/reservation!)
Here’s our orders:
- Lamb Wrap
- Chicken Wrap
- Fish of the Day (Grilled Perch with Chips and Salad) (SPECIAL STAND!!)
- Steak Sandwich
- Tuscan Grilled Barramundi (served with parmesan herb mash and stir fried asian greens)
- Veal Schnitzel (SPECIAL STAND!!)
This was quite a big event but due to my rather shy nature (NOT!)… I didn’t manage to get everyone’s dish, altho’ I can tell you lovely people a little more about the other dishes we have tried on the menu.
The wraps were not really well complimented. The chicken wrap received negative feedback from DAW, saying that there wasn’t enough taste – an overall disappointing meal. The lamb wrap on the other hand, consumed by our lovely Miss L. was apparently alright. Nothing too great…
For some strange reason, I did not take a photo of my perch (well I did… only AFTER I finished about 80% of the plate! duh sandra -.-) but I guess this one picture of a fish-dish can give you a rough idea of how the fishes are presented at this establishment. :)
I had a little taste of the Barramundi that Miss Anise had, and it was actually quite pleasant. I wouldn’t say it’s the best fish I’ve tasted, but it was averagely good. Generous serving of greens and mash too (: (: Always a plus for me!
The Grilled Perch I had was quite bland but really nice with the little slice of lemon squeezed over the bulk of the fish fillet. The chips – great compared to Armada’s, and probably the best along Hay Street in proximity of SKM. :) good on them!
Mine came with a nice fresh green salad – good serving too. The Fish dishes were satisfactory! :)
The veal schnitzel was apparently ‘ok’…. but I have to say I did think their mushroom sauce looked rather tasty!! yum yum. It’s a pity it was a senior engineer who ordered this (didn’t dare to ask to try because I was just not close enough to him =X). The steak sandwich was something that was widely raved about in the past because of its great serving and lovely aioli! From how it was presented, it does look the same, but from what DAW was telling me the last time I spoke to him about it, he said the standard’s dropped. I’m quite sure it’d stand up as a good fight against Armada’s fallen steak sandwich standard by now. :)) Worth a try, I’d say!
There’s a good range of drinks, ranging from tap beer, to champagnes… the only thing really lacking in this rather beautiful place to hang out is some cocktails and desserts!! But I guess they generally cater for the lunch-people. But people who have lunch might want to have some desserts to perk their day up too! :) In any case, this is an area they can probably improve on.
The service at Grosvenor is pretty good, with the waitresses patient with the deliberation of our orders at the counter, and serving us with a chirpy nature. They have no qualms or complaints whenever you ask for something extra (e.g. some ketchup), which is something becoming quite a rare sight at pubs/cafes/restaurants these days in my humble opinion. For that I give them my thumbs up! KUDOS++!!
An overall a good place to just hang out, or even to have a simple business lunch over a glass of good wine, I would definitely be visiting this place in the near future!! :)
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: S.T. a.k.a Miss Egg
The Grosvenor Perth
Telephone: (08) 9325 3799
Address: 339 Hay Street, Perth 6000, Western Australia