Every so often you uncover a new gem. (For one reason or another) I’ve been eating at quite a few pub bistro’s lately. And one of them, last Saturday was a lovely serendipitous surprise.
The “re-establishment” this year of the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan gave an opportunity for a refresh of the menu and a new look dining room.
The kitchen led by Head Chef Kelly Kim is doing a splendid job. My Saturday night visit saw the bistro very busy yet the team still kept pumping out consistently good food.
The Prawn Cocktail is dished up in a schooner glass, which seems kind of the right fit in a pub. There’s predictable but suitable pub choices, yet a dash of flare and a pinch of inventiveness. There’s six other entrees, four substantial salads including (one of my all time favourite classics) Waldorf, Wraps & Burgers and good looking Pizzas. Joining them are Clear Water Favourites: Fish & Chips, Confit Pork Belly, Royal Chicken Schnitznels, Char Grilled Chicken Tandoori Skewers and Famous Smokey BBQ Pork Ribs. I’m impressed that both Grass Fed (Rump) and Grain Fed (Sirloin) steaks are offered. The optional hot buttered corn is a great grill idea.
My house made gnocchi was excellent, as was the velvety cheese sauce peppered with dollops of molten blue cheese. My that was good. In fact, I’d say it was better than many big city restaurant gnocchi which I’ve polished off. There’s also freshly made tagliatelle. Like that pasta, desserts are all made in house.
My pick of the desserts is the Warm Raspberry & Vanilla Bakewell Tart. On the side is a syrupy coulis sprinkled with some crunchy crumble. The change in texture just adds that little something. Vanilla ice cream is on the side. In all there are four desserts on the menu – the other three are Double Choc Mud Pie, Pecan & Bourbon Pie, and Apple Crumble. All very suitable offerings for a bistro of this style.
Although it’s one of those order at the counter and collect your food when the buzzer goes off deals, the service is crisp efficient and friendly. One example: I didn’t pick up my cutlery and without asking it was whisked to my table before I could stand up to go and get it myself.
I ‘Liked’ this place and recommend a visit if you live in or are visiting Queanbeyan or the Canberra (Capital) region. I drove from Canberra for my night out. (It took about 15 minutes.)
The Royal Hotel QBN
85 Monaro Street Queanbeyan NSW Australia
+61 2 6297 1444