A freelance writer currently residing in Melbourne, with a penchant for sugar, spice, and everything nice.
Published September 9th 2012
Keep calm and visit the POH
The Post Office Hotel (POH), located at 229 Sydney Road in Coburg, is a unique combination of gastro pub meets relaxed fine dining. Since its renovation in 2010, the pub (which is attached to the restaurant) has been transformed to accommodate a wider range of patrons, with a fresh interior that fills the old space with new warmth and hospitality.
The best thing about the POH pub (besides great beer) is the availability of live music on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. This is the epitome of a place that truly embraces a love for music, with different bands and DJ's performing entertaining live tunes for the crowd.
My family and I visited the POH restaurant on a busy Thursday night, and even though we arrived earlier than our booking time, we were seated immediately by a friendly waitress. The restaurant is very spacious with ample room, and the atmosphere is buzzing with infectious chatter and laughter of family and friends seated all around us.
I immediately felt welcomed and at ease here, it was as though we were dining in our very own living room -there are even pictures of smiling children (not mine) hanging on the wall. The little touches in the restaurant give it a homey yet sophisticated vibe.
The thing I loved most about this place was the open layout of the restaurant's commercial kitchen; aside from being anal and wanting to check out the cleanliness of the kitchen, it was also a pleasure to be able to see how the food is prepared with such care and attention. The chefs have a jovial attitude about them, and all seem to genuinely enjoy doing what they do.
The food here is centred around a Middle Eastern theme, where head chef Troy Payne offers an eclectic menu of mouth-watering dishes. The heart and vision behind the restaurant is one that hits close to home, this is a place where it's all about sharing, family, and enjoying a nice meal with the ones you love. The prices are reasonable, ranging from $15-$25 a meal, and the portions are generous, even the entrée sizes are substantial. The soft-shell crab entrée in particular is a must-try.
entree 1: prawn paddle pops coated in black sesame seed