We went to grab a quick dinner the Grand Hotel’s Lounge Bar before heading out to a party in the area. The Grand Hotel also has a dining room but we thought we might save that for a more special occasion.
I have been to the Grand before and the food was always fantastic. It is definitely one of my favourite Melburnian gatro-pub.The menu wasn’t overly large but everything was done really well. I was actually looking forward to sampling their Nicoise Salad but sadly on the night, it wasn’t on the menu. The place was quite packed on the night and we grabbed the last table available (it was Saturday night, 7-ish) but the tables did start to become free a bit after. There were a few people just having drinks but many of them were there for the food. I recommend a reservation if you want to go there on Friday or Saturday night.
(Veal meatballs with semolina gnocchi – $18.50)
Josh was a bit more decisive and went for the Veal Meatballs with Semolina Gnocchi ($18.50) The gnocchi was awesome. It was creamy and went perfectly with the meatballs and the sauce. Definitely a must-try. When I went there last year, it was served with something else which was equally yummy. But the gnocchi was definitely the highlight.
(Braised Lamb Shank with Mash $24.00)
I couldn’t decide what I wanted (I was so set on having the Nicoise Salad) so when the counter person recommended the Braised Lamb Shank with Mash ($24.00), I went for it. The mash was beautifully silky and buttery and complimented the melt-in-the-mouth lamb shank really well. But definitely the gnocchi! Yum!
(Greek salad – $8.50)
Because we’re salad people, we ordered a side Greek salad. Average side salad which complimented our food. Nothing outstanding but also no complaint.
An old reliable gastro-pub favourite. Note that the Grand is extremely poorly lit at night. Don’t worry, it’s not closed! I literally couldn’t take any pictures at night because the building’s exterior was hardly lit! Luckily I had to be around there to see a friend the next day and took a snap in day light.
The Grand Hotel (Lounge Bar), 333 Burnley St., Richmond