The Tempo Hotel is probably not what you would describe as the classiest joint in Brisbane. Any place that has a pokie machine, let alone a room full of them, probably isn't going to serve escargot. However, what I have recently discovered is that if you want a cheap, good-value meal on Brunswick Street, their Bistro is the place to go.
Granted the menu mainly consists of 'pub grub'; steaks, fish and chips and burgers, but I feel fairly confident saying we all enjoy indulging in this simple pleasure once in a while. If not then you can relax, the menu does deviate from the run of the mill Aussie pub staples a little, featuring a Classic Red Thai Chicken Curry and a Traditional Irish Stew.
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The menu doesn't offer the widest selection, but there are still plenty of options to go around. My two companions ordered the house speciality; steak, beer-battered chips and garden salad for just $7.50. I challenge you to find a better value steak in Brisbane. I have never been a big meat-eater, so I steered clear of that option and went for a pizza. The pizza was great, but for the first time in my life I actually wished I had ordered the slab of meat. As I am practically a vegetarian, I'm not sure my opinion deserves much stock, but I can say that the steak looked great and I fully intend to return one day and try it. As well as all this, the food was freshly prepared yet was still ready quickly and in pub food tradition, the portions were large.
As well as the Bistro and gaming section, there is The Bowling Bar at Stage Door, and the Main Stage, which both showcase a range of local and international acts. Although, when I was there the Main Stage was showcasing the customers, offering Karaoke for the stout of heart.