Generally speaking, we don’t go to the CBD for a pub meal. We go to see the latest Tom Hanks flick at Hoyts, eat cupcakes the size of golf balls and get sloshed on Long Island iced teas we can’t afford. But then every once in awhile, something comes along that isn’t a money-burning, cocktail-making, tear-jerking soulless pit of hell. Enter: Collins Quarter.
Some say it’s a pub. Others say it’s a bar. The internet says it’s a ‘licensed premises open to the public that serves a variety of meals and beverages’, but to us it’s the best gosh darn place to enjoy a pint and a Barossa free-range chicken schnitzel with Napoli, pancetta and rocket salad in the entire goddam CBD.
Since opening its Victorian terrace doors on the Melbourne food scene ten years ago, Collins Quarter has been giving its competition the finger in every way possible. A standard Melbourne pub has one function room? Collins Quarter has six. A normal pub has one food menu? Collins Quarter has four. A run of the mill town pub has one [poorly laminated] page of dranks? Collins Quarter has eighteen.
Basically, the numbers are there. But if you need more convincing, just give their menus a quick peruse. For brekky, sink your teeth into smashed avocado on superseed toast with poached eggs and grain salad', or get stuck into dill-cured salmon on crumpets with poached eggs and lemon mayo.
When lunch and dinner swing around, you can have your pick of insane mains, including the Sher Wagyu burger with bacon, Jack cheese, pickle, cos, jalapeno, chipotle mayo and fries, or the Belly of Borrowdale free range pork, cabbage slaw, mustard and apple cider jus. And then let’s be real, you’re going to order the chocolate semifreddo with mandarin, honeycomb and hazelnuts, because you’re only human.
So if you’re looking for the whole damn package (i.e. a bar, restaurant, beer garden, private dining room and world-class schnitty), then look no further than the CBD’s Collins Quarter, it’ll change your life, if not your bank balance and/or cholesterol levels.
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