Guess who’s back? Back again? It is The Stag rising from the ashes like a phoenix to fill that corner of Rundle Street with booze, food and music. Like an actor making a comeback this place has had a great face lift with a glamour chic spread over the old bones. A great addition to the Stag hotel is the Champagne Room upstairs. Your eyes are given some serious candy with the design on that back wall. Very fitting for such a classy drink.
Now, The Stag was known as the steak house in its latter days before closing but the re-launched Stag wants to shed that perception and aim on giving a good quality pub meal. That is what the mob wants and the mob rules all!
If you think of what a typical pub offers in the way of meals you would be bang on the mark on what The Stag offers but with a higher quality. An old Aussie classic with a twist is available that is the Duck Pie Floater. Your duck pie would be waddling in a pond of pea and ham soup, mashed potato and tomato capsicum chutney. The size is quite adequate for a decent meal and everyone loves a good pie.
My choice is always some kind of burger and they have a couple of Soft Shell Crab Sliders on offer to meet that craving. Eat one at a time or equip both left and right for some dual wielding eating action! These shiny sliders come in a brioche bun loaded with pickled carrot, jalapeno and coriander mayo.
On the subject of creatures from the blue abyss, you can help combat these creatures of the sea by eating their Char-grilled Octopus with black bean, cucumber, olive and chilli jam. That char-grilled flavour gets me every time while the chilli sweetness is a nice touch!
To order the Gnocchi you would be so lucky as these are handmade. All is covered in cauliflower, blue cheese, porcini, kale and parmesan crumb. A great wholesome dinner to fuel that engine this winter.
Now the Stag has not forgotten their roots and there is still steak on the menu like their Black Angus Scotch Fillet with mac & cheese, roasted garlic and onion rings. Those onion rings were damn tasty and not loaded with batter which is the common case.
As the night wears on and you have all been good and eaten your veggies you can have the very delectable Peanut Butter Parfait with milk chocolate cremeux, salted caramel and peanut brittle. If you have a nut allergy then you will have to smile and wait patiently in the corner while silently cursing the rest.
Next time you’re hankering for some pub grub but still want pizzazz then reach into that thought bubble and pluck out the address for The Stag hotel. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as guests of The Stag