Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Junction Beer Hall and Wine Room

15 Hall Street
Vic 3015

(03) 9391 8188

We caught up with friends at the Junction Beer Hall on a chilly and damp Thursday evening,  we'd been meaning to visit for a while. Inside the fit out was all polished concrete floors with nicely decorated white walls and high wood topped tables with multicoloured metal stools. Peaking through into the wine room, things were a little more swanky. The bar of the beer hall was made of wood and home to a pump with 7 different beers and a cider on tap, with many more available in bottles. The proliferation of beers easily available in Australia has certainly been noticeable since my first visit here 15 years ago.

After selecting drinks we then had to choose food, although the dinner menu was a lot smaller than the beer book!

We shared some of the fried chick peas with cumin salt, which were quite crunchy on the outside, but still soft in the centre and had a subtle cumin flavour.

The wood fired oven had been visible as we walked in, and that may have confirmed the selection of the prawn pizza. I'm not a massive fan of seafood on pizza, but the 4 decent sized prawns did look look. The small bit of pizza I tried, had good flavours and a nice thin base, but it may have been more crispy with a couple more minutes in the oven.

The beef burger came with cheese, beetroot relish and aioli in a sesame seed brioche bun and was served with some deep fried onion rings and 3 cornichon. Rick certainly seemed to enjoy eating it. 

 The fish of the day was salmon and came with a salad featuring spinach, cherry tomatoes boiled egg, anchovies and potato.

I had the kangaroo fillet salad with roast beetroot, blueberries and goats curd. The 'roo was tender and on the rare side which I like. I wasn't sure about the combo of salad ingredients, but the flavours complimented each other well.

The food was pretty good value, the pizza, salad and chickpeas came to $45. The portions aren't huge, but the quality and flavours were there. The service was efficient and friendly, at the bar they were happy to advise around beer options, including offering small tastes of the beer. I'm sure we'll be back and it's great to see so many decent pubs in the fairly local area really lifting the standard.

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