I went to Barassi's Mountain View Hotel with Keiran for dinner before we went to theTwenty20 match between Australia and India at the 'G.
Barassi's Hotel is located on Bridge Road, right opposite Vlado's. It's a huge pub going for like 3 levels or something.
Keiran had planned ahead and booked a table so that we would have somewhere to eat amongst the million other people there also having their meals before the match. We arrived slightly late, but a table with Keiran's name on a piece of paper could be seen. I didn't know that you could book tables at pubs and then instead of just placing a reserved sign, they went to the trouble of actually making a booking placard. I found that really professional and took a photo of it, along with Keiran.
The menu showed typical pub style food. There were a few other style dishes but nothing too fancy. We both decided to have the Beef Burger, which sounded very enticing. Whilst we waited, Keiran downed his Guiness while I had my James Squire Golden Ale. The golden ale was great, slightly sweet and lots of flavour.
The food arrived fairly quickly. It smelt and looked really good. It tasted even better. The beef pattie was good quality beef and had lots of great flavour without oozing fat everywhere. The bun was the right crunchiness and the bacon was cooked so it was slightly crispy. What really made the burger pop for me was the mixture of tomato sauce and their special chutney. It just made the whole burger mesh together and taste fantastic. The chips were crispy and not oily.
The atmosphere in the pub is rather boisterous, as you would expect. It's a pub crowd and it can get fairly noisy. The pub is clean and has a nice feel. The food was good quality food that isn't expensive. It's great for a quick bite.
Overall Rating: 14/20, Good quality pub food at good prices. Great for a quick bite.
Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.