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The Golden Age at Hotel Sophia

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Published February 7th 2013
Is there a cheaper pub in the CBD?
A cosy little pub on King Street, The Golden Age harks back to an era of cheap drinks and hearty meals.

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The Golden Age pub.


The selling point of The Golden Age is that they're unbeatably cheap. It's not often that you'll encounter a decent parma and a drink for $8.

All other food items were similarly priced, with nothing over $10. Salads, foccaccias, pasta (including gnocci and bolognese) and burgers are all on the menu. Most main meals also include a drink, either a glass of house red or a pot of beer. Non-drinkers are welcome to swap their beverage for a refreshing soft drink.

I ordered a chicken parmigiana which came with a side of chips.
The serving of chips was quite small and they lacked flavour. Thankfully there were salt shakers on the tables to make the chips a little more edible. The parma itself was of reasonable quality and ample size. While it wasn't amazing, it was better than I expected for a lunch paid for by pocket change. Cheesy and crispy all at once, it was a classic pub parma that seemed to contain practically an entire chicken. With what seemed to be napoli sauce and ham hidden under the heart attack inducing layer of cheese, it was full of flavour.

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Puny chips are made up for by oversized chicken parmigiana. $8.


It wasn't a long wait between ordering and receiving the meal, but took just long enough that you know it's not a reheated dish they prepared earlier.

The dining area is small but adequate, with wooden tables and slightly wobbly seats. There are also couches to relax on and ample bar seating. Despite the modest prices, The Golden Age no dingy little pub. Rather it is clean, spacious and for the most part it is well-lit.

With plasma televisions overhead, wifi access and a pool table that you don't have to pay to use, you'll be entertained without breaking the budget.

The Golden Age is located on the ground floor of budget accommodation Hotel Sophia.
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Why? For a cheap but not nasty pub meal.
When: 6:00am - 9:30pm Monday to Friday, 6:00am - 10pm Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: 1300 724 811
Where: 277-287 King Street, Melbourne 3000.
Cost: Most menu items $8.
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It's great to read a balanced review Natasha.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11075) 2116 days ago
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