Today on the Dining Diaries…
Great food and
Short and sweet introduction today!
Diners today’s review is for the Rob Roy Hotel on Halifax St.
This building is rich in history! It is thought that the original building was built between 1842 and 1850.
Hubby and I have been quite keen to get here and see what the hotel has to offer as we’ve always heard good things about it.
Walking down Halifax St you immediately notice the Al-Fresco eating area and how lovely and serene it looks. I could easily imagine wasting a few hours of the afternoon here on a nice Summer day.
Another great thing about the Rob Roy is that they have all day dining on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which is perfect for hubby and I who tend to have schedules that mean we eat at strange times of the day.
We got there on a Sunday afternoon about 3.45pm and there were lots of people enjoying the sunshine outside, and quite a few inside too, waiting for the band to start.
The décor inside is pretty simple and clean. Lots of wood, black and copper colours which probably doesn’t show up too much in the photos I took.
There’s definitely a friendly vibe to this place.
The menu was pretty enticing! Lots of good choices and of course, pub favourites.
We decided to start with Prawn Beurre Blanc – Prawns, chorizo, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, dried chilli beurre blanc & bread
While this wouldn’t have been my first choice for an entrée, it was a perfect way to start a meal. I was a bit worried that the chilli would make it too hot but they added just enough to give the dish a kick. I loved the pizza style bread the most and used that to mop up that absolutely delicious sauce. I even told hubby he could have all the prawns (although I did taste one and they were perfectly tender and flavourful) and chorizo if I could have the rest of that bread.
For main I chose the Mexican Bean Burger Mexican chilli bean with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, chipotle mayo & coriander
I just loved every bite of this burger! The bean patty was so delicious I think I want all my future burgers to like this! The sour cream and guacamole had been added to the perfect proportions and honestly there was nothing I could fault. I would probably have preferred a different style bun but that’s a personal preference..
Hubby chose the 350gram Scotch Fillet cooked medium rare however a waiter came out a little while after I ordered and said they had run out and would he mind if they cooked him the rib eye instead?
He tried not to show his elation and said “Well if I have no choice….” but was beside himself when the waiter walked away…
When the meal came out, the waiter added that the chef was worried the size of the meat was smaller than expected so he added another piece. This was turning out to be hubby’s lucky day!!!!!
He was absolutely elated with everything on his plate. The meat was beautifully tender, the mash was seasoned beautifully, in fact, he added some of the garlic butter that was on top of his meat to the mash…
We’ve had some really good dining experiences lately and this was no exception.
We even lingered longer than we normally do because the band was playing songs from our era and we enjoyed an extra drink or two while listening to them.
It really was a great afternoon and I’d really encourage people do come on down and visit the Rob Roy Hotel and experience it for themselves.
Have you been to the Rob Roy?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!!
Till next we chow…