21 July 2013
Print Hall is a fancy bar and restaurant that typically attracts a wealthy corporate crowd. Our large group headed to the rooptop to enjoy work drinks at Bob’s Bar on the corporate credit card. Yay!!
There’s a proper sit-down restaurant or you can order bar snacks for a decent feed. Print Hall is not a particularly student-friendly place because the prices are steep. The bar snacks are designed to be shared though, so I guess that’s the cheaper option.
The charcuterie board (meat platter) had thinly sliced cold cuts of meat, terrine, pickled carrots and fennel, and grissini (thin bread sticks). Nobody seemed to like the bread sticks because they were very crunchy and dry, not delicious. Clever presentation, but there wasn’t actually much meat on the board. You can spot three slices of proscuitto at the front of the photo *sadface*. The terrine had too many fatty white spots for my liking.
You and Me Breeze ($18); Sangria ($10); French Martini
Indulgence! The first couple of drinks I ordered were listed on the menu, but the trained bartenders can make lots of off-menu cocktails. You can probably tell that I love pink or red drinks with fruity flavours.
"You and Me Breeze" was a vodka-based cocktail. The watermelon and grapefruit gave it a delish sweet and sour taste. I didn’t pick up on the promised lychee taste though (and kinda hoped they’d pop in one from a tin).
Sangria was a choice driven by nostalgia for my amazing spring break in Spain. This red wine-based combination had pieces of lemon, lime and orange. I stabbed away at the fruit with my straw because initially I couldn’t taste enough citrus.
French martinis are vodka-based cocktails that should be dominated by raspberry and pineapple flavours. This one was more citrus than berry, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Garlic, chilli and basil prawns ($21)
People attacked this dish too quickly for me to snap a photo of the plate intact! Fresh prawns in strongly flavoured oil and served with sourdough toast (not the breadsticks from the chacuterie board that you can see discarded on the plate). This was very tasty but it went cold quickly, which meant that some prawns took on a paste-like texture. Weird and a little icky.
Bob’s Dogs ($9 or $13 each)
I wolfed down a couple of hotdogs for some protein and carbs. Later, I learnt how much the snacks were worth and almost died. The three types of hotdogs have different sausages, salad bits, and sauce. I prefer white sausages to red, so I would choose “The Blanche” which incidentally is the priciest at $13 a pop.
The bartenders are well-trained and generally quite knowledgeable. However, we received table-service without a smile (perhaps we were unlucky that night). The drink prices are standard, but the bar food is expensive and the servings are small. Not really a place that I can revisit on a student budget.
Likes: corporate credit cards, drinks and snacks
Dislikes: high food prices, small servings
Value for money: not great
Overall: would not return on a student budget
125 St Georges
(08) 6282 0077