Pub Of The Week review: Tony Leonard visits the Market Hotel, South Melbourne
PUB: Market Hotel.
WHERE? 160 Clarendon Street, Sth Melbourne.
PHONE: 9682 6288
WHEN? November 4, 2016.
First review. Renamed the Market Hotel (formerly/recently traded as The Star, which will bring back some memories), the pub has had a fantastic transformation inside and out and has turned into a double story ‘Greenhouse’ with palms and ferns in abundance inside.
Not quite as diverse in look as the Bridge in Richmond, (think mini metropolis inside a pub) The Market is spacious, cool and airy and on the second floor beer garden.has adopted a ‘Beach House’ look, with the candy coloured setting having great views back at the city.
Everything is neat and tidy; the pub looks great.
The food and drink offering is fairly typical of a pub treading a safe line, and screams nighttime, easy eating, music and drinks, more than daytime, sit down and do serious business over a long lunch.
It’s all good here.
Share style, larger style and pub classics are the 3 sections for the menu.
The share plates read well e.g., Crumbed Beef nuggets with celeriac puree and tomato chutney ($18) or Prawn Cutlets (6), with a toasted garlic, spring onion, chili, fennel, tomato and pinenut salad (21). Bruschetta and Dips as well are offered.
In the larger, I liked the look of the Paella, a mixture of seafood, chorizo, chicken topped with gremolata (26) while classics banged out a Mexican Parma, jalapeno, guacamole (20) or Beer Battered Barra, kipflers and coleslaw (21).
The house cheese burger and chips was $18.
Entrees – $14, Mains $24, Desserts $13.
Mixed steamed Dumpling Plate, chili oil and kewpie mayo. $14/7pieces. Good. Mix of prawn, scallop, fish, sharp chilli oil at base, these dumplings were fresh and tasty.
Good start ($1/ea on Wednesdays)
Mixed Sausage Plate (3) with dijon mustard, housemade relish, sauerkraut – $24. Strange. Nothing wrong with the snags – chorizo, pork/fennel, kransky, arrived sliced for you, without anything else.
To be fair, the menu says just that, it’s just a strange way to present it. If you wanted to plate it up with chips (6.5) and no offer is made for a side of salad/veg.
Mainly drawing from the CUB portfolio, the Market has access to the non-pasteurised, Carlton D from the tanks (4.9/pot).
It was good and the pub looks after its glassware.
Tick for having Fosters lager in cans (6). One other pub – Marquis of Lorne stocks them (there are some pockets of resistance!). Small wine list, selected from smaller producers (tick). Stefani Riesling was a good recommendation – 9.5/glass. Like most pubs now the benchmark is 10pg//45-48/bottle.
SERVICE AND STYLE
No issue. The pub may have been a little caught out with only one behind the jump on a busy-ish Sunday afternoon, but she was certainly friendly and did her best.
The sequencing of meals was interesting; post entree, I was asked if I would like the mains to be started. Yes. They appeared a minute or so later. Hmm.
The name change is the curious one here but with a new look why not a new name name? The Market is user friendly, and has the advantage of having enough off street parking in South Melbourne.
Good on the pub for providing acoustic and rock 3 days a week in keeping with its illustrious past. If you fancy 1kg of Chicken wings and a jug of beer ($25), then Thursdays nights is your go to.
New look but steady as she goes, the Market will trade successfully for some time to come.