The Publican, Victoria Park

Website: http://www.thepublicanbar.com.au/

Entertainment Card: 25% off total bill (up to $35)

So I have been wanting to visit this place for quite some time now… and here’s a little story why…

Back in early 2009, I had a real passion for beer drinking, and my fellow beer pal and I saw this beautiful free space next to the Gucci shop, and we started imagining what it would be like to have our own pub and serve beers… and well, the point of it all, of course was to be able to drink to our hearts content without having to keep paying for it. =X ANYWAY… we were thinking of a bunch of names, and we came across “Publican”, which really means “a person who owns a pub”… and not long after, I was driving in the Victoria Park Cafe Strip, and saw The Publican right before my eyes!!

So since then I had been wanting to come try this place :)

Before this, it was “Joe Black’s”, with which I had organised for a friend’s 21st and it went really well. They kept the set up  of the place the same, so it did bring back some memories. :)

Enough of Miss Egg anyhow. I made a booking, and upon arrival, was being served by a waitress who saw me to the table, which were by the way, all very nicely set up. Classy.

There is a lounge area, with a live band playing some days, and there is a bar area too. So this place has alot of things going on. Quite different.

It seems that they have daily specials (CLICK!), and we saw what they had for that night that we were dining, but couldn’t find anything that were of particular interest to us. So we had to revert back to their standard menu.

To those who really do know Miss Egg, you will find my choice this evening rather appalling:

  • Caesar Salad with Avocado
  • MSA Scotch Fillet
  • Side of Chips

Yes, you saw it right – I ate the Caesar Salad. It was a tough one but I had been binging on so much fat that I couldn’t bear to suffer any more… not that the caesar salad would make that much of a difference since the sauce itself can kill but still, no meat. :)

Anyway…

The thing I love about the Caesar Salad was the egg on the top. It was nicely cooked, with the egg yolk running to have a jog over the greens. That said, I felt they could have been a tad more generous with the dressing. I am a person who loves my dressings and gravy, so this was a bit of a disappointment when I couldn’t really taste the caesar dressing over the course of the munching. Generous enough serving of the bacon, but yes, it could have definitely done with more caesar dressing. Wouldn’t be a real Caesar Salad otherwise, would it?

The steak was very well presented, with a nice grilled mushroom on the top, much to the delight of S.K. whom I had the privilege of dining with that night. :) She loved the gravy so that’s a definite plus, and she mentioned the tastiness of the mash, which is another plus. :)

The chips were a let down. I would have thought they’d serve beer battered chips, but it was just normal chips, and as you can tell from the plate, there were some charred bits. But then again, this happens. :) Good thing about this was the inclusion of sweet chilli and sour cream… although I thought maybe the sour cream could have been swapped for some aioli instead. Would have complemented the chips better!

Service was not too bad… loved the environment!

Would probably head back there for a drink sometime. :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. (a.k.a Miss Egg)

The Publican Bar & Cafe
Telephone: (08) 9470 5818
Address: 774 Albany Highway East Victoria Park WA 6101

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