date of visit: Thurs Sept 16 2010
PUB QUIZ: the Rob Roy runs a pub quiz every second Wednesday. Please contact the pub for further details.!
The Rob Roy Hotel is, perhaps, a little out of the way of most city centre workers – after all, you have to get all the way down Pulteney Street to Halifax Street to find it …
However, if you can manage it, it’s more than worth the detour. It’s an old pub – continuously licensed since 1840, and restoration and extension work has been sympathetic. The interior is modern and spacious and there’s plenty of outdoor space and seating. Catch a movie at the Theaters in Halifax, the experience is a great one.
The Rob Roy is a busy pub – sign up to their weekly emails (or download the free iPhone app) and you’ll be impressed not just by the fact that the pub serves imperial pints (the big ones) but by the range of activities and offers that run throughout the week and year. As a malt whisky specialist pub, there always seems to be a whisky tasting or dinner in the event calender, as well as wine dinners, quiz nights, and members’ nights.
But we weren’t there for any of that (not even the pints) – we were there for the Thursday evening $10 schnitzel. Yes – $10 for a schnitzel (add an extra $2 if you want parmigiana). So, what would it be like? Would it be a tiny portion that left us dissatisfied or would it be a monster that put the normal $20 pub schnitzel to shame?
It turned out that there was surprisingly keen interest in this experiment: 10 of us turned up to suss out the cheap schnitzel. One person ordered from the menu (and another would have, except her husband informed her that a schnitzel extravaganza meant she had to order schnitzel) but the rest of us opted for schnitzel with parmigianas being heavily represented.
As usual, I chose a chicken schnitzel parmigiana and I was happy. The schnitzel part was good: thick and juicy, and the topping was not too tomato sweet. While I was not thrilled with how generously salted the chips were I was pleased that it was not the usual ridiculous quantity of them (Andy, while agreeing on the salt, thought there could have been more). The salad was disappointing – far too overdressed, leaving it soggy and being all about balsamic vinegar.
That reflects the general consensus – the $10 schnitzels might not be the best schnitzels in Adelaide (to be honest, we’re still working on finding those!) but not only do they represent excellent value (let’s face it, with a schnitzel dinner you can live without a great salad), they also demonstrate just how overpriced the average pub schnitzel is.
I’d definitely head back to the Rob Roy on a Thursday … but before then, I have to try out Tuesday and the half price pizzas!