The Stag's marketing slogan 'Voted Adelaide's Worst Vegetarian Restaurant' certainly sums up what the place is all about; meat. While largely known for their steak, there are plenty of other meaty goodies on the menu, including a delicious beef, bacon and red wine pie.
There are even a few dishes for those less inclined towards red meat. I once went for dinner with a pescetarian friend who proudly ordered fish and chips. The result was something akin to that moment in an old spaghetti western when the villain swaggers into the saloon. The tinny piano falls silent and the patrons awkwardly stare at each other with a few scattered whispers. However, after a few stifled giggles from the hardened carnivores at our table, she got her fish and chips which, I'm told were delicious.
My usual is a giant, juicy rump steak with a bit of béarnaise sauce on the side. Among the sauce selection there is also a delicious blue cheese sauce which adds that nice smelly cheese tanginess to the dish. A great side to go with the steak (if you have some room left) is the onion rings. That perfect blend of sweet onion and crispy batter makes a good substitute for chips if you want to make a faux attempt at keeping the carbs down.
The Stag doesn't fall short when it comes to drinks either. They have a great selection of wines from all over Australia and New Zealand (they're almost Australian wines). The cocktail list is pretty good too.Although, if you ask the bartender for a French Kiss or Sex on the Balcony, you may get looks.
While the Stag isn't really my favourite pub, I do love it as a restaurant. Whether you're indoors or fancy a more casual meal outside, the Stag is a great place for a weekend meal.