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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Garden State Hotel – Melbourne, Vic, AU

Garden State Hotel
Melbourne, Vic, Aus

How to describe Garden state; It’s the epitome hit and miss.

I was super impressed by the pictures of the food, the fit out and organised to meet a few friends there for drinks and various plates off their menu.

Arriving I was taken aback how nice the atmosphere and ambience was, I was impressed and looking forward to both my meal and my time here.
I settled into a table in the “beer garden” and grabbed a beer while perusing the menu. Now, everything seemed good so I went all out and ordered a bunch of small things that would be followed by two of their larger plates.

To start I ordered the spice roasted sweet potato with honey and coriander with the smoked pork croquettes served with pepper mayo.
The sweet potato was spiced well and had the right amount of honey and coriander to lend just the right amount of each flavour to create a good balance but was undone by the potato itself being undercooked. The croquettes on the other hand were great, the right amount of crispiness and meatiness that went really well with the pepper mayo.

The next thing out was the Sher wagyu hot dog. It was sensational, everything you could want in a hotdog and more, a great bun; good quality condiments and quality meat. From here, there was nothing good to report. I ordered the lamb shanks and the Chicken Parma to finish and both were less than ordinary.

The Parma was essentially a bland piece of schnitzel in a bed of bland Napoli sauce covered in a mozzarella cheese sauce that was nothing short of awful. To top it off they added some crumbled black olives to go with the miss-match of the rest of the plate.
Lastly, the lame shank (see what I did there); a single lamb shank, braised but far too firm and what I would have thought was a frozen portion reheated. The jus was basic, the polenta was bland mush and the firm and tasteless lamb shank was definitely not worth the $19 price tag it came with.

If you’re going to the Garden State hotel and need to eat, stick to the stuff from the kiosk.

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