Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Metropolitan Hotel

42 Courtney St
Melbourne, 3051

The Metropolitan Hotel, in North Melbourne is built into the corner of the impressive former North Melbourne meat market. We ate in the bar, which was impressive enough, with some great stained glass windows, the dining room was even more formal and grand.

The menu offered fairly standard Australian pub food with a few more unusual dishes.

We shared the black pudding (for the two poms present) and  the salt and sechwan pepper Calamari, with garlic chips, pickled ginger and nam jim dressing for entrĂ©e.The black pud was great, not too strong and meaty but with the distinctive flavour still there, although the ladies weren't hugely impressed.the calamari was good, although some of the diners hadn't read the menu and were expecting a more standard salt and pepper calamari...

The parma's were large, came with plenty of chunky chips and a glass of salad on the side. All good except for the a lack of ham, which I was expecting. After some research it doesn't seem that all parma's have to have ham, but I've got pretty used to it as standard now...

The market fish - salmon got good feedback and came with plenty of rocket and a great salsa verde.

I tried a bit of the corned beef, it's actually the first time I'd had any of the non-tinned variety, and it was very different, tender and enjoyable...

The bill came to around $180 for 4 with drinks...

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