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Published June 14th 2013
Stout, Sunday and sumptiousness
The ever-steady Prov
It's Sunday. I have a pint of Guinness in hand and a bowl of soup gently steaming on the table in front of me. At my feet, which are comfortably propped up on a hearth, a fire exudes heat. Life is good.
It's Sunday at the Provincial in Fitzroy, and they've started their winter '$25, two-course Sunday roast' special. Better yet, no-one else seems to have noticed it, so my table is just about the only one occupied. It's heaven.
The Prov has long been renowned as a nosh-worthy pub, particularly the Provincial Cafe. Recently, (possibly with a chef change?) they've started a menu that has more general appeal and applies across the entire venue. It's a good change.
Part of the change is evidently the $25 Sunday roast. For $25, punters can choose two courses from entree, main and dessert. We chose three, gluttons that we are, and can testify that two should be plenty.
The food itself is superb. I'm not sure I've ever had chicken roasted the old-fashioned way (with butter under the skin) but this is how the chef served it. It was tender and tasty. The tarragon was gentle and the gravy subtle. The potato and leek soup was a bit bland, but just the right size and perfectly served. Dessert, a bread-and-butter pudding, was a nice take on an old favourite. All in all, I was very glad we'd wandered in.
Given that your average pub is currently charging in the $25 region for a main these days, the Provincial's $25 roast is a steal. Throw in the fact that it's Provincial chefs, who tend to be highly skilled preparing it, and you can't resist.
As this is a recent introduction to the menu, it will be interesting to see how it develops. Comments please from anyone sampling the menu.
The Provincial Hotel is a joke. The service always bad and rude. I went there for the advertised Sunday Roast and had to search for someone who worked there to serve me. When I finally found someone they said it wasn't on because they were busy Saturday night. What the hell has how busy they were Sat night got anything to do with a Sunday Roast?? Before this I waited for 5 mins at the bar and no-one showed up to serve. This is typical of this place. The only reason I went back was because I heard there was a change of management and chef but it seems the Provincial Hotel still ONLY remains good as a meeting spot