The Standard Hotel293 Fitzroy Street
(03) 9419 4793
Its funny how you don't think to write about the places you spend the most time in, well I don't anyway- and now its time to pay tribute to one of my favouritest places in Melbourne to hang out, eat, drink- The Standard Hotel.
From the outside, unassuming to say the least, it offers fantastic food at pub prices and has what I believe to be one of the best beer gardens in Melbourne. Its a great place for a Sunday lunch, a group gathering (our bookclub Christmas party here was a roaring success!) or in winter their trivia nights are a great laugh. But the food- its just fantastic.
A great permanent menu, with the usual burgers, steak sandwiches, bangers and mash (mmm wih rosemary and lamb) but also vegetarian enchiladas, kangaroo steaks or dips and nibblies for a snack. But add to that their range of seasonal specials, and you just never get bored. Yesterday, on the specials board were chili quail, stuffed figs- awewome seasonal food.
The emphasis seems to be on fresh produce and simple flavours- always a hit.