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Published April 5th 2014
Mr N and I are renovating and so our outdoor area for eating is out of bounds at present. Our adult son and granddaughter (two years old) were due for their weekly dinner with us so we decided to head into the city with our Entertainment book to the Dog and Duck Ale House.
The chairs and tables with umbrellas make a nice welcome outside and makes it easy to find on Hindley Street, not far from Rosina street car park, which is a convenient place to park after 5pm.
The front bar was bit empty on arrival with only a few people enjoying an afternoon drink and chatting by the open louvre windows at the front over looking the cosmopolitan Hindley Street, but it was only 6pm on a week night. It didn't take long for people to wander in after work.
The Dog and Duck is known for their many (16 plus) local beers on tap and their many imported beers from all over the world. Mr N was happy to oblige to taste a few (although disappointed to see that some were unavailable) and give his verdict. In between sips of beer all I could hear was his contentment as he enjoyed his beer after a busy day at work.
Parmigianas and chips were on the menu for tonight's dinner. Both the boys were looking forward to it. We chose three chicken Parmigiana's and one plain chicken schnitzel (although you could choose a gravy if you wish) for our granddaughter.
Looking around the front bar the Dog and Duck's retro coloured metal stools and long shiny tables made you feel welcome in this inner city modern bar. The bar runs the length of the wall so there's plenty of space to lean on and drink or you could take your drink and sit by the open windows on a warm balmy night watching the nightlife go by. The front bar has a nice feel with three plasma TVs to catch up on the news or footy and we could have sat there for much longer but being on a time frame with our granddaughter, we decided after a couple of beers to move into the dining area next door.
[ADVERT]Walking into the dining room, the first feel is it's a bit tired and could do with a paint, as all the walls are black and a bit dull. This maybe due to a modern city bar that doubles as a nightclub on weekends.
The dining room also had a small bar that was functional to supply the dining room with drinks and in the back corner of the room. Nearly hidden but with a viewing window so you could watch if you were interested is a tiny kitchen which looked well organised. The two chefs and two bar staff were efficient and brought out the food promptly for the table of 14 behind us plus the bar staff tended the bar front and back. By now the dining room is nearly full and we ordered quickly to beat the rush.
Burgers are on the menu for only $10 and their speciality is a burger, chips and pint of Heineken for $16. The burgers looked so big and delicious that no-one could complain they were hungry.
Our dinners arrived and the parmigiana's were approximately 300g portions, with lovely crumbs deep fried and a yummy tomato and cheesy sauce on top with a generous serve of twice cooked chips - so crunchy. Hidden under the parmigianas, a small fresh and tasty salad, comprised of mixed lettuce, cucumber, red onion and red capsicum with a simple vinaigrette dressing also just fitted on the plate.
The menu also featured a few delicious starters ($5-$ 10) including chicken wings, dips and pita and a great looking tasting plate that the guys next to us ordered which included onion rings, arancini balls and crab cakes. Plenty of meat and chicken dishes ($15-$25) adorned the menu plus pasta, salads, burgers and of course deserts ($7).
Mr N and our son chose a pint of Heineken to accompany dinner and I chose an apple cider while little missy had a lemonade. Drinks menu was a bit limited to buy wine by the glass but had a reasonable amount of variety by the bottle and we have previously tasted their house wine, red and white by the glass and for the price was very drinkable.
After dinner our granddaughter had her favourite, ice cream and sprinkles, while we finished our drinks. Before long it was bedtime for our little one so we said goodbye and said we would see them soon.
Mr N and I have been going to The Dog and Duck for the last few years and the food has always been of generous proportions and great value for money as well as the service is efficient and friendly. Great for the whole family.