We loved the fit out and it was perfect for a cold, rainy Tuesday night. We loved the leather banquettes, the slight art deco feel to it and the shiny newness of everything. It wasn't hugely busy but the fact that the dining room is sectioned into smaller alcoves helps when many of the tables ae empty. We had a corner table in an alcove where there were two other filled tables so it felt busier. With a crackling log fire and good red wine we settled in.
Our waitress brought us some bread, butter and an olive tapenade which went down a treat. The Ferngrove King Malbec from WA was a spicy and big red that warmed away the chill.
Tanya and I dry-aged porterhouse served with Prince Alfred Butter, green beans and frites. At $32 I thought it was better value than the veal cutlet and averagely priced for a high end pub. The butter was flavoursome with a slight sweet tang to it in parts. The steak itself was flavoursome with a strong griddle taste coming through which I enjoyed. I found it a little tough and rough though possibly a bit too dense for my tastes. The accompanying green beans and fries were well cooked and there was a bonus field mushroom.
The dessert was just what was necessary to round off the meal and keep the cold weather away. Soft, sweet and toffee tasting the pudding was moist and not too sweet. The vanilla ice cream washed away any remaining residual cloying sugar flavours.
We enjoyed the ambience of the pub and had a look a the outside terrace area which also looked great. The meal was enjoyable and of a decent enough quality to match its shiny new and sparkling surroundings.