What is Adelaide's equivalent to Malaysian and Singaporean street food? My family thinks it is pub food because it's reliable, reasonably priced and familiar food. The discovery of pub food also gives another meaning to the word 'hotel'. To us, hotel meant accommodation you stay in when away from home on holiday or for work. However, we realised that pubs are also called hotels. So, what is pub food? To us, it's burgers, schnitzel, pizza, fish and chips, salt and pepper squid, and of course, chips and wedges.
Most of the hotels also have specials to entice customers to visit them. I have included what the offers are at the time of this article. However, specials are changing all the time so it's wise to give the hotel a call or check the website for confirmation.
The Cumby is the latest hotel we have visited and our current favourite. This hotel is located at the quiet end of Waymouth Street in the city with easy street side parking. The lofty ceiling gives the interior an airy and quiet feel. Schnitzel is $10 on Thursdays and pizza is $10 on Sundays at the moment. Their Cumby Burger had a juicy, smoky beef patty with extra flavour and texture provided by the red onion jam and bacon. It was also served with fluffy chips and a tangy tomato relish.
The Cumby Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Cumby's Chorizo and Chicken Pizza (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Any hotel that has Eggplant Schnitzel on their menu will get a vote from my mother and sister. So far we had only found this dish at The Cumby and Edinburgh Castle Hotel on Currie Street. Edinburgh Castle offers $10 meals with purchase of a drink. Burger, Salt and Pepper Squid, Butter Chicken, Pasta and Vegetable Salad are among the meals included in the offer. The Eggplant Schnitzel offered here was juicy with a lovely crispy coating and is a great choice for a vegetarian alternative to the meat schnitzels served at pubs.
Edinburgh Castle Hotel's Eggplant Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Duke is another hotel located on Currie Street. It is on the end of the street nearer to Rundle Mall and the tall office blocks. With $10 Schnitzel and Fish and Chips on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it is a popular place for office group lunches. The Duke does not have Eggplant Schnitzel but it does have a fantastic Mushroom Burger. Their Mushroom Burger is notable for having a mixture of mushrooms instead of a single large mushroom as the filling, with some sweet potato to complement the earthy taste of the mushrooms.
The Duke's Mushroom Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Cathedral Hotel's Angus Beef Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Also in North Adelaide on O'Connell Street are Archer Hotel with $15 Burger and Beer special every day; and Royal Oak Hotel with 400g rump steak for $14.90 on Mondays, $10 pizza on Tuesdays, $10 Schnitzel on Thursday plus 25% off the total bill with an Entertainment Book voucher. Wellington Hotel, nestled among residences in Wellington Square has $14 curries on Tuesdays, Burger and Pint for $15 on Thursdays plus 25% off the total bill with an Entertainment Book voucher.
Wellington Hotel's Prawn Korma (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Other hotels where we have enjoyed pub food include Windmill Hotel and Reepham Hotel in Prospect where we enjoyed 25% off our total bills with Entertainment Book vouchers.Lockley's Hotel in Fulham offers $14.90 Schnitzel on Wednesdays, $20 Schnitzel and Pint every day and you get one complimentary main course when you buy a main course with an Entertainment Book voucher.
Reepham Hotel's Fish and Chips (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Where's your favourite pub food? It's sort of like our comfort food when we run out of options or ideas for our meals so we are always keen to learn about new places that offer them.
Any pub that includes salad and veg bar is a win for me! The eureka schnitzel house down north has the best snitty toppings, and they have a delicious mushroom schnitzel that tops any eggplant snitty I've had- and you can still add all the toppings!
Also the empire hotel has a very nice salad and veg bar that also includes all your gravies! plus your regular weekly special to go with it