The Beach Hotel – Jan Juc, Vic, AU

The Beach Hotel
Jan Juc, Victoria, Aus

Recently I’ve started working down near the surf coast and have been making my way around with a few colleagues to hit some of the pubs and restaurants in the area, unfortunately for us, not much is open on Wednesdays down here in winter, after a bit of googling we found that it was Parma night out at the Jan Juc Pub.

Unable to pass up this deal we made a plan and headed there after work; the place isn’t overly fancy, well to say it had any ambiance on a Wednesday would be a downright lie, the lights were on, tv’s were playing the sports and there were maybe 10 people there.

Onto the food, the Parma night special involved all their Parma’s (they had roughly 10 types) at $20 each. There were some interesting types there, two of my colleagues opted for “the Outback” a bbq sauce centred Parma, my eye however, was caught by the spudy, a Parma with mash potato, bacon and cheese with gravy instead of Napoli. To make it more gluttonous I ordered the “it takes two to tango”, essentially a Parma stacked on a Parma.

It came out and looked fantastic, a Spudy Parma with a normal stacked on top with a side of chips and salad.

I was excited, I moved the original over and poured the gravy onto the spudy and went for it; the combination of the mash, bacon, cheese and gravy was amazing, they are definitely onto a winner at the beach hotel with the flavours in the Parma, the same can be said for the original, good sauce to cheese ratio and a good sauce flavour.

The unfortunate part of this meal was the base of the dish, the schnitzel. It was soggy, dry and clearly precooked. It brought the whole meal down and left the overall feeling of my meal to be one of disappointment.

Maybe the chef was lazy, maybe it’s because it was Parma night, and either way I would like to believe it’s not always that disappointing.

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Ribs and Burgers – South Morang, Vic, AU

Ribs and Burgers
South Morang, Victoria, Aus

Ribs and burgers is an extremely large chain these days, I remember when the one in Northcote was the only one in area and it was all the rage.These days it seems like every suburb has one, south Morang being one of these places, I hustled up my parents for a quick lunch and headed over to give it a go.

After a bit of deliberation we all settled on a variety of dishes to share, the dino pork ribs, beef ribs and the wagyu tower burger.
The burger was the first dish out, it was quite picturesque and as I remembered it from the last time I went and someone had ordered it.
Just after that the ribs arrived and it all looked great, a good amount of colour and glaze with just the right amount of charring.

We dug in, I started with the pork ribs; cooked to a near fall off the bone with a decent amount of flavour, they were a satisfactory morsel, my only complaint was the dino cut, they were far too lean and had little meat on them.

I followed with a bit of the burger, it did not taste as good at it looked, the patty was dry and unfortunately overcooked and the seasoning along with the condiments did not have any impact on the burger, overall, slightly disappointing.

Lastly the beef ribs, while I’m not a huge fan of beef ribs because of the lack of care taken with preparing them, I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were, served with chips, they had a great tenderness with a liberal coating of sauce and the perfect amount of charring.

Overall, while nothing to rave about, Ribs and burger is a good local for satisfactory eats and something that won’t leave you regretting your food choices.

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