Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Food
Location: Perth CBD, foreshore
One of our team members was leaving so a leaving lunch was organised at the Lucky Shag. My first visit here saw me enjoy the seafood platter. Today, I decided on the beef and Guinness pie with a side of chips. Most members headed straight to the bar for a few starter pints before returning to our table overlooking the blue Swan River on a pleasant day. After a reasonable wait and probably a few more beers, our meals started coming out one by one. I was really hungry as the lunch had been rescheduled for later in the day to accommodate more people. I placed my knife and fork into the lovely pastry top of the pie within the dish and it just sunk! The pie filling was barely halfway up the dish but the pie was enjoyable. I love pastry and the pastry was lovely while the meat was so tender, the fork pierced it and it split. The sauce was tasty but lacked any flavour of Guiness while the chips were quite a small serve with some tomato sauce and they were OK but not as good as last time. I was feeling hungry after finishing the meal and was not particularly impressed.
On a side note, I had gone to the Kalamunda Hotel several years ago and had a far better meal than this. The pie had a more than generous filling and had a strong Guinness flavour. There were plenty of delicious wedges and a lovely salad. A quick look at the menu showed it costs about $4 more than Lucky Shag’s version but it was far superior and both restaurants are comparable seeing they serve pub grub. Haven’t been back to Kalamunda Hotel recently so I can’t comment on what the food is like now.
Food Review Summary
Verdict: I enjoyed my pie but it lacked the Guinness flavour and there wasn’t as much filling as what I would have liked, nor chips and no salad. I was still hungry. In comparison, the version I had at Kalamunda Hotel several years ago was far superior and left you stuffed. This pie was quite disappointing and I was left feeling rather unimpressed.
Recommendation: Try Once If You Want But Not Worth Visiting Again
See my prior blog post:
Food Review of the Lucky Shag – Nov 2010
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