Established in 1884, the Excelsior Hotel in Brompton offers a wide range of pub food and a selection of daily specials to help diversify their menu. The hotel proved to be popular with the locals, with a reasonable crowd present during our visit.
Their rump steak was of excellent quality – tender, tasty and of a generous portion. The steamed vegetables we chose still had a bite to them. However we thought their chips could have been a bit crispier. For the sauce we went with the pepper sauce. It had the degree of peppery flavour we desired. Thursday is a good day to enjoy steak at Excelsior Hotel as the dish only costs $17.90.
Rump Steak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for vegetarians, the grilled swiss brown mushrooms in their vegetarian burger were juicy and the haloumi cheese partnered it nicely. The combination of beetroot and tomato relish added some sweetness to the burger and the addition of onion rings added a crunchy element to the dish.
Vegetarian Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While their chicken pot pie looked small, it was actually a pretty filling dish with perfectly cooked chunks of chicken. The bacon and leek complemented the chicken well and the 'lid' of crisp and flaky puff pastry acted as a good contrast to the creamy filling. Accompanying the pie was mashed potatoes which were light and some salad to add an element of freshness.
Offered as the dessert special during our visit, the strawberry pannacotta had a jiggle, an indication of a well-cooked pannacotta. The strawberry puree wasn't too sweet and the crunchy praline contrasted well with the soft pannacotta. The whipped cream tied everything together nicely.
Strawberry Pannacotta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from $17.90 Steak Thursdays, the Excelsior Hotel also has various other specials such as $14.50 Schnitzels from Mondays to Wednesdays and $10.90 lunch specials during weekdays. Parking is no problem with the carpark at the back of the hotel offering a decent amount of off-street parking.