Friday, 30 September 2011

Victoria Park hotel

I was absolutely starving when I turned up, so I had high hopes for food. Some food. ANY food. Noowww. I feel like I had to wait FOREVER, but that may have just been because I was so hungry.

Food Choices

There were options! Just not things I really wanted. Normally you want everything when you're hungry, but there wasn't much I fancied.


  • Veggie Burger: $17 (This is within my budget, but every veggie burger I've ever had has been horrible. If someone can recommend me an amazing one, I'd love to know, but I tend to avoid them)
  • Grilled Vegetable Tart: $20 (That's the upper end of my budget, and whilst it contained "eggplant & mushroom tart served on a bed of roquette, roasted capsicum and pine nuts." It just didn't strike my fancy)
  • Vegetarian pizza: $19 (Once again, upper end of budget, and I was reluctant to pay. I'd had pizza the night before, and I didn't think I could eat the whole thing, etc. Just not what I was after)

So, that's 3 choices of mains, which isn't bad for a pub. It had the usual sides/starters (chips, garlic bread, bruschetta, wedges, salad) plus some more interesting sounding ones (deep fried camembert [$15.90], greek tasting plate[$20]) but their prices were getting a bit high, particularly as I'd already ordered a drink. Then, hidden at the back of the menu, for an entirely reasonable looking $7 I spotted "wok vegetable & noodles". I was sold.

Food quality

Wow. Just wow. I was STARVING when I came in, and just... It didn't do it for me. And it wasn't just me. It was drowned in soy sauce. It was like the chef had never cooked noodles in his life. Which was surprising as there was a beef wok on the menu. It was inedible. I picked out some of the vegetables and wiped them on my napkin to try and remove some of the sauce, but even that didn't work. It was just so incredibly salty it was unbearable. I couldn't finish it, even though I was hungry.

Just look at how it is drenched in sauce

Then, redemption came in the form of lemon meringue pie, the dessert of the day. Luckily as the previous disaster had only cost me $7, I was able to afford dessert.

Overall Rating

1 point per vegetarian choice (max 3):  3 - The main meals only, not including sides. What I had was so awful I'm not even going to give it 0.5
Quality of meal (1-3): 0 - absolutely inedible
Value for money (1-3):  1.5- $7 is a damn good price, but it *was* a side, and the rest were more expensive. 
X-factor (0-1): 0

Total: 45%

Saved by the dessert.

Guess I will just have to drink my calories tonight...

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