Melbourne Cup Banquet @ Lord Roberts Hotel

by minibites

Toasted turkish bread pane de casa & rye bread

Peking duck pancake, lamb cutlet with mint & pine nut pesto, thai style prawn served on a betel leaf

As a special occasion, our boss treated the office to a lovely luncheon at the local corner pub, the Lord Roberts Hotel. As a big group, we were confined to the Melbourne Cup set menu. We chit and chatter before the anticipation of the race that stops the nation while munching on warm turkish breads.

The entrees roll out, and as an eager peking duck pancake and betel leaf lover, I was happily satisfied with the entrees. A slight disappointment with the lamb cutlet, although I am not a avid lamb eater, I found the meat to be too tough, although the mint & pine nut pesto was a fantastic compliment to mask the chewiness texture – my only wish would have been a little more generosity with the sauce.

Seafood platter

The main consisted of a seafood platter to share, overflowing with salt & pepper squid, beer battered fish bites, fresh tiger prawns, balmain bugs, smoked salmon, chipm salad and tartare sauce. Oddly enough, the waiter was serving the mains during the big race! The platter was enjoyable – but everything apart from the salt & pepper squid was rather bland and tasted like every other seafood platter, lacking the little “wow” from component to component on the platter.

Assorted cheese & fruit platter

Dessert is a big winner for me – whenever there is a mediocre main but an amazing dessert, it can change my overall judgement of the meal. A slight frown emerged on my face when the typical cheese and fruit platter was served, although, I couldn’t really ask for more from your local pub with a small kitchen pumping food for hungry guests in 35 degree weather.

Lord Roberts Hotel
Cnr Riley St & Stanley St
East Sydney

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