One of the things that has become exceptionally popular with my colleagues lately is Gastro and Pub Food. With so many locations around the CBD, we could probably go to a different bar every day and it would take us over a month before we needed to repeat.
In this instance, we decided to grab lunch at the Embassy Hotel, a short walk from our work.
It was interesting to see people line up single file along the counter, despite there being two cash registers at the counter. It meant that the line got cut half way and we were served rather quickly.
The store was pretty dimly lit, and had a really rustic wooden kind of feel to it.
We got drink, as usual, Lemon and Lime Bitters. This time it was rather sweet, and not very bitter.
We got a number, and after around 15 minutes, our food came, which was quite the wait, considering we were constrained by the lunch hour.
My colleague ordered the crumbed flat head. She said it was nice and fresh, and the tartare sauce was delicious.
Another colleague got the steak lunch, with mushroom sauce. He enjoyed his meal very much.
I ordered the steak lunch as well. I ordered it rare, with pepper sauce. For a rare, I found it to be cooked more towards medium rare. The pepper sauce was an interesting pale shade, which was a bit milder than I am usually used to. The chips were nice and crunchy and the salad was quite fresh. I didn't like beetroot in it, but other than that, the sauce was pretty tangy and delicious.
For a quick lunch, I found the meal at the Embassy to be very satisfying and worthwhile for the price. With the number of pubs near it, I can see why it still manages to set itself apart from its competitors.
Price Range: $12 - $25