I have been trying a lot of the hotels and pubs around the Northside of Brisbane and comparing them to restaurants; I must say that I am very surprised at how the pubs fare.
We decided after a friend had suggested, heading down to the Aspley Hotel for dinner.
This hotel has been around for as long as I can remember. It is situated just of Gympie Road in Aspley, on the south bound side. It is a pub that I have driven past a thousand times, and yet never felt inclined to go in and see what it was like. Well, I am glad I did.
The décor is nice with a real modern feel to it. It has one of the longest bars around with a great variety of spirits and beers and it also boasts a bistro and a sports bar menu. But the recommendation was to sample the bar menu.
My wife spotted a meal that she has not seen or sampled anywhere for a long time; Lamb's Fry and Bacon ($15.00) on a bed of mashed potatoes, with a generous serve of gravy and a lightly toasted bread roll. It was full of flavour and melted in your mouth, just the way my wife remembered it, as a kid. However Lamb's fry isn't for everyone, me included, so I decided on, Homemade Meatloaf ($10.00);
and was not disappointed. The flavours were vibrant and texture perfect. Steamed Vegetables, gravy and toasted bread roll. Wow, just like mum used to make.
All in all, a great meal in a great venue. Pubs are no longer the place you go to get smashed and find a fight. They are evolving into great dining and entertainment spots, check your local out, you may be surprised.
Presentation 7/10 Taste 9/10 Service 8/10 Ambiance 7/10
I must say Lamb's Fry wouldn't be on my "to try" list, but I am quite fond of a Chicken Parmagiana and have had many an excellent "Parma" at local pubs in my travels. Pub meals are always big and cheap and we really enjoy dining at our local, rather than at the fancy restaurants in town.