After attending the Queensland Museum's Afghanistan exhibit my partner and I took a lazy stroll down Southbank's Friday night markets to our dinner destination - the Plough Inn. It is no doubt a beautiful old building and has always been very popular on previous visits so we thought it was about time we tried their meals.
Thankfully I booked because on a Friday night it seems to be pretty much standing room only. This leads me to my first point, pubs on a Friday night no matter where they are and how much it costs to eat at them usually contain a number of loud, obnoxious drunk people. The downstairs bar area at the Plough Inn is no exception. Thankfully I had booked for the front balcony which was much quieter. In fact it was quite lovely sitting there looking out over the markets, that is of course until you realise that the the designated smokers area is right underneath you. The wafting aromas of fifty or so heavy smokers do not really mix with dining in my books but mercifully there was a fairly strong breeze that night so we did get a reprieve.
My partner and I both decided to go for steaks. He opted for the 300g sirloin and I went for the 200g eye fillet. To the restaurant's credit both steaks were beautifully cooked and the sauces and sides (with the exception of a very lacklustre coleslaw) were very tasty. But at $34 and $32 respectively you would hope that they'd serve up a good meal wouldn't you? Drinks aren't over the top expensive. A glass of a nice NZ pinot noir and a Makers Mark with coke set us back about $20, which is to the lower end of standard by city prices.
So overall, cudos to the Plough Inn for producing a lovely meal. Personally I think that if I'm going to pay over $30 for a steak then I will be heading to some of the more ambient competition such as Ribs and Rumps, Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse or the good old Breakkie Creek Hotel
It's amazing at the high prices that some pubs are charging these days. We had a similar experience at the Grandview Hotel in Cleveland. Lovely spot but the food was expensive. Fine dining restaurants often offer nicer food at a similar price with more personal service.
Have to agree with your experience, we had some interstate visitors and were looking to have lunch at Southbank, thought we'd try the Plough Inn but the prices were a bit too rich, ended up at Aqua and had some gorgeous meals all between $10 and $15 each.