Located at Halifax Street in Adelaide, the Rob Roy Hotel was first licensed under its name by Robert Peter in 1840. It underwent a renovation of the interiors in 2007, while maintaining the classic facade of the building. Despite being located off the main road, it still proved to be popular for functions, with one being held when we visited.
A classic dish that you can expect to see at any Aussie pub, the flesh of their Chicken Schnitzel was cooked just right and set off wonderfully by the crisp coating. Accompanying the schnitzel were crisp shoestring fries and coleslaw, whose sharp flavours complemented the schnitzel well. The pepper sauce we chose for the dish was of excellent quality with enough peppercorns in it to give a potent peppery flavour.
Chicken Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Good for those who want something more "upmarket", the confit pork belly in the Pork Belly dish was very juicy but we thought the crackling could have been a bit crispier to make the dish more enjoyable to eat. The slightly sweet potato mash and apple slices partnered well with the pork and some spiced apple sauce helped to tie everything together.
Pork Belly (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great for those that cannot eat meat or want something a bit different from the burgers usually offered at pubs, the bean patty in the Bean Burger had a wonderful soft texture with a bit of spice from the chilli included in it. The sour cream and guacamole toned down the spiciness a bit and the salsa added an element of freshness.
Bean Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete our meal we decided to try their Chocolate Fondant and it ended up as our favourite dish of the evening. The fondant had a rich chocolatey taste and a lovely gooey centre that is the indication of a perfectly cooked fondant. The slightly tart forest fruit glaze and creamy vanilla ice cream helped to cut through the rich taste of the fondant and the toasted hazelnut crumb provided a bit of contrast to the dish.
Chocolate Fondant (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor gave the place a modern feel with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. A good amount of parking space is available on the street where the hotel is located though you may want to arrive early as it can fill up quickly during the peak dinner hour.