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Published January 18th 2014
Fast and Family Friendly
There's fun to be had at the playcentre
When we first walked into the Commercial Hotel in South Morang we immediately noticed a very strong garlic smell. That same smell on my breath the next day from pizza.
The greeting was much better than average. We were welcomed and told come on through, 'I'll find a nice table for you'.
I'm not going to claim to be an expert as I have only tried two menu items but they were both delicious. I am going to make a bold assertion though - that this is the crispiest wood fired pizza I have ever had. For $7.50 it was a real steal. Together our meals (including drinks) were only $15. You can't beat that.
The other meals I spied on the way to their table looked enormous and the serving speed was amazing. I checked my watch when the calamari came out to find it was only 10 minutes after we have arrived. That was not very long for my young date to try out the kids club. If he hadn't been lingering there we could have eaten and been gone in about half an hour.
This large Commercial Hotel once advertised proudly that it was the last drinking spot before Whittlesea. It's changed a lot and is obviously geared for families. It has a glassed in play centre in the middle of the tables for good parental supervision.
Children's lay centre
The true test of this being a kid friendly venue was that no one seemed even slightly distracted by two year old pushing a toy truck around the tables all night.
My little partner noticed the colour coded symbols in the children's section of the menu. I explained that the green was the healthiest choices, and the red meant 'sometimes' food. This did not deter him from choosing a red coded item!
Adult sized kid's meal
The kid's sized calamari and chips was large enough for an adult who was not very hungry. We shared this meal and a small margarita pizza, which turned out to be rather large.
It was a little disappointing that we could not take away the left over pizza but apparently it was against company policy. This was compensated by the fact that my little mate found several coins in the children's play area behind the slide.
Clean and modern interior
There was an extensive menu including starters, light meals (if you call chicken souvlaki at $22.50 light), six seafood meals, pasta, risotto and pizza.
If you're a little hungrier, they also serve chargrilled food. A 300 g steak cost $24 or for the 750 g Graziers rump you would be set back $38.50. I don't know how you would eat the Commercial mixed grill ($35). They also have a large Parma selection with six different types ranging from $19.50-$24.
Finger lickin' good
They have gluten-free options and senior's meal deals (lunch only). Choices are limited but predictable including roast, fish, chicken and lasagna. Desert choices are apple crumble, pavlova or ice cream (only $11).
There are lots of cheap food deals, for example kids meals for five dollars and an extra dollar for a drink. On Wednesday nights they have $13 ribs. Thursday nights two adults and two children can eat for $40. Morning melodies are five dollars a show including morning tea.
Lots of good meal deals everyday
They also have a bottle shop but I'm not sure how well it does with a Dan Murphy store next door advertising that they will beat any price.
The Commercial Hotel have a great family pizza deal: 2 large pizzas plus one free small pizza. I will definitely go back for pizza. Quick service, cheap and tasty food in large portions and a kid's play area- what more could you want?
Iam so impressed by the crispy pizza base I wanted to include a close up!