Peacock Inn Hotel – Northcote

23 Jul

Peacock Inn Hotel


My original review for the Peacock Hotel was meant to be a while ago, however due to bad timing (their kitchen closes between 3 and 6) I went elsewhere.

I finally made it back and from memory the menu had not changed at all.

I walked up to the bar and ordered the 400g grass fed rib eye, cooked to a medium rare with their mushroom sauce, pink peppercorn butter and the gravy all on the side. It was served with hand cut chips and salad; standard pub offerings in my opinion.

After a 25 minute wait it arrived and my first observation was the “hand cut chips” were planks.


I started with one of those and it wasn’t great, not crunchy on the outside and not cooked fully on the inside. I would have definitely preferred normal chips to these.


I started with the steak next. It began around a medium well, and went down towards a medium in the middle. It was grainy due to the overcooking, and had lost a fair amount of tenderness that a rib eye should carry.


Both the gravy and mushroom sauce were average and slightly flavourless; it tasted like a gravox packet mix if I’m being honest. The butter however was nice, melted over the steak it created a somewhat enjoyable flavor, and was probably the only reason I finished it. It was charred, seasoned well, with added butter creating a slightly fatty and to some extent a beefy flavour.


How well it’s cooked ( laughable) – 4.5

Flavour ( Butter is better) – 6.5

Tenderness ( below average) – 4

Overall – 5


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Fifteen pounds – Fairfield

22 Jul

Fifteen pounds

Opposite the Fairfield train station, nestled somewhat unassumingly, is/sits Fifteen Pounds.  I’ve been told to come and try the burger by a couple of people, and I’ve heard rumours that their outdoor garden is quite a lovely place to eat and relax.

One sunny Sunday I decided to put these recommendations to the test. The café itself is nice, modern and refined though still being somewhat rustic.

I ordered the Wagyu Burger, the Chicken Roll, the Veggie Pan Eggs (this wasn’t in my  plan originally, but I saw them come out of the kitchen and they looked fantastic), a couple of hash browns and some sourdough toast with their homemade berry jam.


The toast, hash browns and veggie pan eggs came out first, and the hash browns were not what I was expecting. They were more like a bubble and squeak, and not really anything like a hash brown in my opinion.

The toast was nice, nothing overly special, but the home made jam was good: sweet and slightly tart with a liberal amount of real fruit in it.


The pan eggs however were a delight. Soft poached eggs, crunchy kale, sweet beetroot and some chilli. It was a great meal, combining good flavours and textures together.


The chicken roll came out next, and I honestly wasn’t a fan. Admittedly it was a safe, albeit boring choice, though there is room to do a “classic” well; apart from the fried chicken tenders and the mayo, the whole roll was a letdown. I would have preferred it served up as a dish with a small salad-like side.

Lastly the burger came out, and it looked amazing.


My friend and I were sharing, so I cut it in half and bit into it, and  it was such a disappointment. The bun was overly dry, the condiments not great and the patty the biggest let down – over spiced and flavoured strangely, it took everything away from the meat.


The atmosphere and garden at Fifteen Pounds was rather nice, let down only by some second-rate food of their lunch menu. What I ordered from the breakfast menu, however, was worth going back for.

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