Answer me this, Urban Listers. How many times have you found yourself looking for a pub that offers modern, bistro-quality food, a drinks list that's more considered than colloquial, and a casual, laidback atmosphere that's anything but down 'n' dirty? It may sound easy, but finding a place that ticks all the boxes is harder than you think!
Well ladies and gents, Lamaro's Dining Room is the place you've been looking for; the answer to your foodie prayers; a gastropub with the goods!
Tucked away on Cecil Street in South Melbourne, Lamaro's is a local favourite and arguably one of the best gastropubs in Melbourne. What looks like an unassuming pub from the outside, is actually a feast for the senses on the inside, thanks to its luxe yet welcoming interiors and stellar food and drink offering.
Executive Chef Shaun Sheridan has a passion for fresh and flavoursome produce and his Modern Australian menu is full of moreish entrees, mains, and perfectly grilled meats.
The tequila baked oyster 'kil-pedros' with jalapeno salsa? The perfect dish to whet the appetite. The Szechuan duck with pickled papaya, snake beans and ruby grapefruit caramel? Legendary. The Gippsland rib eye steak with cumin spice onion rings and chimichurri? Melt in your mouth delicious.
But I digress. It's the veal schnitzel at Lamaro's that stops us in our tracks and has us singing hallelujah – it is SERIOUSLY good. Crumbed with lemon and parmesan, and served with hot mustard slaw and sauce diable, this baby can be singlehandly credited with securing Lamaro's place as one of the best gastropubs in Melbourne.
IT'S NOT ALL SAVOURY GOODNESS, IS IT?
Alas, no – the dessert menu is highly addictive too! No joke, we ordered a variety of desserts to share – lavender honey cheesecake with stewed fruits, chocolate fondant with pistachio crème, chocolate soil and nougat ice-cream, and the cheese platter with quince and lavosh – and within 10 minutes, the desserts were GONE. Plates scraped, crumbs devoured, not a speck left in sight. Ya-huh, they were goooood.
Naturally, we required a beverage or two to wash it all down, and the drinks list at Lamaro's had us spoilt for choice. With a variety of local and international wines on offer, plus eight beers on tap, craft beers by the bottle, 12 single malt whiskeys AND a premium cocktail menu, selecting a drink is easier said than done!
LISTERS WHO LUNCH
While we're big fans of spending a good few hours eating at Lamaro's, we also tip our hat to their Express Lunch special.
If you're one of those "busy and important" folk who's always "soooo busy", then this is right up your alley. Everyday from 12pm – 3pm, you can choose two courses from a hit-list of Lamaro's best most-loved entrees, mains and desserts, plus a glass of wine or a pot of Colonial Kolsch beer for only $35! We know where we'll be for lunch tomorrow…
…to try one of the best gastropubs in Melbourne? We don't blame you. Whether it's a casual lunch with family, boozy dinner with friends, special occasion, or even a business event, Lamaro's will deliver a memorable meal. To make a booking, simply call the Lamaro's crew on 03 9690 3737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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