The Metropolitan Hotel is best known for its dry-aged steaks, which are hand-selected by Head Chef Lawrence Richards. The well-rounded menu exhibits a creativity and passion for food that is an increasing rarity in Australian pubs. From the street, this North Melbourne venue looks every bit a regular corner pub. However, step inside and you are whisked away to an earlier time, as the interior features tall ceilings, white linen tablecloths, deep red curtains and a jazzy soundtrack.
The Metropolitan Hotel presents a top-class pub menu that puts many of its peers to shame. Diners used to seeing potato wedges or nachos on pub menus will be pleasantly surprised by the fabulously pink vodka- and beetroot-cured salmon. A tasty and well-balanced appetiser, it is served on a banana leaf with an Eastern European-inspired mustard and dill potato salad. The 300g scotch fillet is a quality piece of meat that is cooked well. It is accompanied by pan-fried chats, crisp broccolini, sweet onion jam and a creamy peppercorn sauce.
PSST! The Metropolitan Hotel serves up some of their dinner classics for only $14 each on Monday and Tuesday nights.