Tuesday, September 13

The Westernport Hotel

Leaving Phillip Island, we searched hard for a decent place for lunch. A few restaurants were closed, and we finally stopped at the Westernport. According to the website, the establishment was recently refurbished. My family would never consider pubs as a potential eat out place. And it was only in Ballarat, where eating out options were more limited, did I start to enjoy and see the great potential in pub meals.

Location: just before you enter onto the bridge that joins Phillip Island to San Remo. Address: 161 Marine Pde, San Remo (see map)

Website: official website, urbanspoon with no reviews as of yet, opening hours on FB

Price: most of our meals here were on the Mon to Sat lunch menu for $12.50. Otherwise mains are generally $20 with daily specials which are cheaper. The regular menu is available online.

Salt & pepper squid - "served with chips & home-made tartare." An item on the lunch specials menu. I'll leave it to the calamari expert to comment. But I thought the serving was inadequate, and more like a kids sized meal (and no salad?)

Westernport classic steak sanga - "Marinated minute steak, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, relish, caramelised onion and chips." Also from the lunch specials. Wow that bread was rock solid - hard to cut, hard to chew, stale? Plus the dish was somehow cold when it was served. On the plus side it was tasty, and the steak was okay although not particularly tender.

Caesar salad - "An old favourite, served with cos lettuce, croutons, shaved parmesan, egg, bacon, anchovies and a creamy caesar dressing." The salad was an extra $4 on top of the lunch special price for chicken. However this was one of the best dishes of the day. Egg was poached, deliciously runny inside, salad had just the right amount of dressing, and anchovies were an interesting addition to the salad.

Roast with vegetables - I can't find this item on the online menu, but it was between $15 to $20 on the regular menu.

Other: spacious indoor and outdoor dining options. Pubs and drinks available next to the cafe, and I believe Westernport also offers accommodation.

Rating: 3.5/5 the meal was pleasant. I enjoyed my Caesar salad, but I can't recommend some of the other dishes such as the small burger that was rock solid. The food isn't cheap or properly pub-meal sized, but perhaps ordering from the rotating specials menu makes the meals more worth what you pay for.

Westernport Hotel on Urbanspoon

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