Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Montpellier Public House

We finally made it to the renovated Balzac site, transformed from a fine dining restaurant to a gastro pub downstairs, and a more formal dining area upstairs.

We opted for the more casual pub downstairs.  It's strange to think that a few months ago when we were at the same place, we were in a quieter dining room.  It's been transformed to a more casual dining area - more relaxed and comfortable and a bit noisier.

We started with the Fish & Chips, Mushy Peas,Tartare Sauce ($25)
Fish was not as cripsy as I'd expected, but the white flesh inside was sweet and piping hot.  The handcut chips were delicious, but funnily enough, for me the winner was the mushy peas!

I've always wanted to know what a traditional Welsh Rarebit ($10) tasted like.  It was a lovely tasting cheesy toasty - would I have it again?  Probably not for $10 but it was a nice comforting dish.

I've never had a traditional Yorkshire pudding.  Well, Montpellier offered Yorky Puds with Mustard ($6) and we couldn't resist.  Best of all, due to a slight delay they were on the house.  And they were awesome! Light, fluffy yet crispy and piping hot served on top of 3 different kinds of mustard.  The texture can be likened to a deep fried Choux Pastry...I would definitely go back for this dish!

I'm so glad that Montpellier kept their trademark Bread and Butter Pudding ($8) on the menu.  It does come as a slightly smaller portion and without any ice cream - which would have been good with it!  But I'm happy to say it's as good as I remember it, and I'd be happy to drop by anytime to have a portion of this beautiful pud.  Or maybe next time I'll go for the Eton Mess ($7).

It's a great local place to get a good feed, with plenty of choices at reasonable prices.  I'll definitely be back!  Best of all?  It's open 7 days.

141 Belmore Road Randwick NSW 2031
ph: (02) 9399 9660
hours:  Public Bar – 7 days – Midday to Midnight
Dining Room – Tuesday to Sunday – from 6pm

1 comment:

joey@FoodiePop said...

Still want to come here but that list is getting longer and longer. Sigh.


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