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Published May 21st 2019
Your modern local pub, done right
Beyond the Pale, Coorparoo Square
Perhaps you're looking for somewhere local and fun to catch up with friends on the weekend. Or maybe you're already at Coorparoo Square to get the groceries, or to check out the fabulous Metre Market . Whatever the reason for hanging out here, Beyond the Pale is a fantastic option.
This gastropub is a comfortable and contemporary establishment. You have the choice of lounging in comfy bench seating along the walls, perching on taller stools to watch the sport, grabbing a coffee at one of the small tables indoors, or savouring a beer at the open air tables.
Comfortable range of seating
On weekday mornings, grab a coffee and a muffin from the window. For weekend brunch, try the Spiced Eggs (Fried Eggs, Dukkah, Hummus, Haloumi, Pesto & Caramelised Onion Served on Toasted Flatbread) or Beet the Greens (Roast Pumpkin, Beetroot Puree, Broccolini, Spinach, Crispy Kale, Labneh & Poached Eggs.)
Delicious meals and large portions
For lunch, I had the absolutely delicious fish tacos (no rude jokes please), which came in a massive portion. The menu does offer typical, meat-based pub fare - you can certainly get a club, sandwich, burger or steak. But with a modern, upmarket spin. For example, the lamp rump comes as "Locally Sourced Saltbush Lamb, Parsnip Puree, Orange Roasted Baby Heirloom Carrots, Pistachio & Persian Feta".
For vegos, there is a vegan burger (Vegan Patty, Vegan Cheese, Beetroot, Onion & Tomato served on a White Bun) and side salads. The Australian rose wine I had of two on their list was also a delicious offering.
Staff were friendly and laid back. Our food and drinks arrived at a moderate pace, at lunch on a weekend.
No time for a long lunch? You can also grab a latte
Wondering where the name comes from? Beyond the Pale says: The phrase "beyond the pale" dates back to the 14th century, when the part of Ireland that was under English rule was delineated by a boundary made of such stakes or fences and known as the English Pale. To travel outside of that boundary, beyond the pale, was to leave behind all the rules and institutions of English society, which the English modestly considered synonymous with civilization itself.
While it's still quite civilised here, I can certainly recommend it as a relaxing place to escape day to day life for a couple of hours with friends.
When:Breakfast served Everyday to 10.30am; Lunch Everyday 11.30am -3.00pm; Dinner Daily 5pm-8.30pm; All Day Pickings Available from 11.30am; Late Night Menu Available; Bar Opens 7 days 10.30am till Late