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Published November 18th 2013
Expect The Unexpected
Elvis is in the house!
As I drove towards the Highways, on the corner of Princess Highway and Corrigan Street Springvale, the tune that was playing in my head was AC /DC's Highway to Hell.
From the Princess Highway side this hotel does not look impressive but don't judge a book by its cover. The back entrance, which is pretty hard to get to because of the traffic coming on Corrigan St, has clearly been rejuvenated, probably thanks to the pokie profits.
Entrance to Highways
In the entrance foyer there are two mannequins dressed up as Elvis. I thought this might have represented some of the entertainment, however it was promoting one of the 3-D Pokies machine games.
Diane, one of the managers of the function room, told me that there is a lot of things going on at the Highways Hotel. Apparently karaoke is very popular on a Sunday night and the Irish club has acoustic duos playing from time to time. Since opening in 1997 it has consistently been ranked as a leading club venue in Victoria.
Very reasonable dining prices
Apart from the pokies, which take up a rather large amount of the building, there is an authentically decorated Irish pub, a restaurant with Kids corner and conference/function rooms. In the function room Diane said it was not uncommon to have a christening in the morning, a wake for lunch and perhaps a 21st birthday party in the evening.
Kid's Corner suitable for many ages
As is often the case at a venue where they have pokies, there are many meal deals to be had. The Irish pub, is open between 12 and 2pm for lunch and 6 and 8pm for dinner. It has one Irish meal, the traditional pie plus the usual meals of parmas, spaghetti bolognese etc for an unusually cheap price of $10. This includes the meal and a drink (either beer or soft drink).
The business lunch menu is quite extensive. For $15 you can choose from items such as the most seafood linguini, Caesar salad, battered fish and chips, scotch fillet sandwich, burgers or calamari. I have to say these are ridiculously big. They are not served on a dinner plate but a platter big enough for several helpings. I had a delicious open vegetarian souvlaki.
A huge serving
A regular told me that after one of the huge lunch meals she always wants to go home to bed. I'd suggest the free wine that comes with the meal has something to do with the effect.
The restaurant meals are more expensive and the menu is more extensive. As an example, the grilled grilled salmon with sweet potato mash and green olive tapenade is $28.
Every night has a special meal deal.
Monday is giant ribs night for $20
Tuesday's members night when members receive 20% of food and beverage purchases
Wednesday is World Parma's night. For $15 a stubby and parma is on offer.
Thursday night upgrades, such as free garlic prawns calamari are available with every steak purchase.
Friday and Saturday night's kids get a free meal when a main meal is purchased
Sunday night is a slow roasted pork loin with crackling for $20.
Seniors meals are only $12 or for a two course meal you only pay two more dollars. For a three course meal add three dollars extra. So for $15 seniors can have a three course meal.
Bar and Irish Pub
This newly renovated tabaret venue is modern and well maintained. In the function room Diane was very attentive. The Highways Hotel is certainly was a venue where you should expect the unexpected. My final inspection is in the Ladies where I found a vending machine with four flavoured condoms - strawberry, banana, mint and ice cream. I'll let you work out for yourself what was unexpected about this.