Monday, April 18, 2011

The Court House Hotel

86 Errol St
North Melbourne,
3051, Vic

We'd been to the Court House once before, and were looking forward to re-visiting this North Melbourne gastro pub. It is on the corner of Errol and Queensberry streets and is an interesting arto-deco style brick building.

Inside the wood panelling gives the place a great feel  We got there just after 6 on Friday and got one of the last tables in the main bar area, tucked in behind the bar itself, in a fairly dark corner.

The lack of light resulted in grainy black and white photos.

The menu isn't huge, but has a reasonable variety of interesting dishes.

The duck and chorizo croquets were great, crunchy, light and delicately flavoured.

I had the rabbit lasagna, with truffled bechamel and provolone, which was happily light on the pasta and filled with plenty of tender tasty rabbit. The bechamel and provolone was quite light and didn't overpower the other flavours.

The crumbed sea bream, came with a stack of large hand cut chips and a fantastic caper coleslaw. The bream I tasted was good without being outstanding, the chips were apparently OK, but slightly undercooked, the coleslaw was probably the highlight of the dish.

The service was generally friendly and efficient except perhaps for the first visit to the bar. The Hagreaves Hill ESB I had with the meal was fantastic, with loads fruit flavours. The mains in the bar were $22-25, entrées around $10. The beers and wines on offer are good and are priced as would be expected. We will probably be back again...

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