Spring time finally arrived in Perth on the weekend at long last! Blue skies and enough sunshine for shorts. Time to get some colour on my Snow White pins!
GG and I decided we’d take advantage of the weather and head out to lunch. The warmer conditions made it feel like beer weather so we went with a pub and not wanting to go too far from home opted for the Oxford Hotel in Leederville.
Situated on the corner of Anzac Road at 368 Oxford Street Leederville, this historical Hotel was originally built in 1906. The Hotel underwent a major facelift in 2001, transforming the building into a modern sophisticated meeting place to catch up with friends, work colleagues, or to maybe meet that someone special.
We arrived a touch before 12 and wandered through the front bar and into the back restaurant/beer garden section. It has a nice open feel to it. Plants here and there and a soothing water feature. Plus plenty of seating.
We initially perched at one of the high tables with stools before relocating to a lower more standard table and chair arrangement, bit more comfortable.
Plenty of tasting looking options available! I had arrived with thoughts of steak sandwiches or a burger but as I looked through the menu I entirely changed my tune when I ordered the Veal Schnitzel, caper and sage butter, parmesan and wild rocket salad ($26.50). GG decided on a very tasty sounding Louisiana pulled pork burger, hand cut chips ($15.50) and we wee going to share some Crispy squid, smoked paprika aioli ($12.50). As GG noted calamari can be a good test of a place since we’ve had it at so many others and can compare :) On the beverage front I decided I would prefer cider to hear so have the Magners Apple Cider a whirl and GG stuck with one of his favourites, Stella Artois.
Our friendly waitress ensured that everything arrived on a flash and we were soon sipping our drinks. Ahhh cheers for the warm weather!
The squid soon appeared and it looked good. It was accompanied with a very generous serving of paprika aioli. The squid was cooked perfectly and the battered coating was light and well seasoned. My only critisim was that it could have been slightly crispier. We enjoyed it though and liberally dunked it in the spicy aioli as there was plenty to go round :)
The squid sufficiently quelled my appetite so that I could survive the albeit very short sojourn before our mains appeared. I liked the look of mine! A giant schnitzel with its delicious buttery caper and sage sauce on top of a generous pile of French fries and an accompanying fresh salad of fresh rocket and shaved parmesan.
I was quite taken from my very first bite. The meat was very tender and with a few of the chips and a little salad it was a really delicious combination! I doubted my ability to finish it given its ample size but I wasn’t overly phased given my dining companion was very handy at helping me finish my meals. I put what I thought was a respectable dent in my meal and I really liked it :)
Across the table GG made quick work of his pulled pork sandwich. I was lucky enough to try a bite and it was tasty. Nice fresh roll and melt in your mouth slow cooked meat. Plus the chunky chips on the side looked the goods.
A fairly extensive menu and perfect venue to enjoy the Spring sunshine. It had been a tasty lunch and if I was in the neighbourhood again I would definitely call in :)
With a huge selection of local and imported beers, extensive wine list and fabulous food, come and experience all that the Oxford Hotel has to offer, you won’t be disappointed.