Not an ugly duckling…

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Dining | 0 comments

Not an ugly duckling…

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A few months ago after visiting Der Raum for a cocktail we were after a cheap, quick, easy and warm meal. Swan St, especially near the intersection of Church, has more options than anyone could ever need and we headed into The Swan Hotel Pub right on the corner. I had been here a few months before for a farewell drink and we had all clustered in the covered courtyard (a nice space) but seeing it when it’s more pub than bar was a nice change.

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We managed to find a high table that easily took the four of us and began to peruse the menu. While an incredibly broad selection was on offer there was only a pumpkin soup (which I had had for lunch) and nachos or saganki on offer for vegetarians.

Dear restaurants, vegetarians really can have an option other than pumpkin or mushroom. Tofu is cheaper than steak. Get creative!!

Ok, rant over. I was really impressed with the chef – when I asked if they could make an alteration to a menu item the waitress went to chat with the chef who offered a great range of alterations to items on the menu. I was really impressed with this pro veggie approach and that they were able to stretch the menu. I went with the Nasi Goreng and the girls chose the pie of the day with mash.

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While we waited for the meals to come out we studiously avoided getting wrapped in the Tuesday Trivia night. The bar itself was nice, not trendy nor pretentious just a local pub happy being exactly what it is. The food came out after not too long and was impressive. Everything was really fresh, well prepared and delicious. The meals were generously proportioned – I don’t think one of us managed to clear our plates and we all left happ with the evenings outing.

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