12 September 2013
Super value with a $49 Scoopon that scored dinner for four people at the Langford Ale House where we could each choose a main + dessert + glass of wine. We had difficulty booking our table due to the crappy online reservation system, poor follow-up from the staff, and gigs which booked out the restaurant. We eventually confirmed a booking for a Wednesday evening and wondered what we could realistically expect from this suburban pub.
The Lazy Bull and Bar Bistro sits within the Langford Ale House which is also home to a sports bar. It was a little unnerving walking past the bar and poker tables to the “restaurant area”. Plastic chairs, plastic tables, cutlery in a basket, only 2 tables set for service, and no heaters to keep warm. There were no staff members in sight and nobody was tending the bar, so I ventured into the sports bar next door to find a waitress. Also there was a poker tournament with noisy music, announcements, and chip-clicking in the same room.
Chicken parmi ($22)
A couple of us ordered the chicken parmigiana, which came with crunchy chips and a lightly dressed garden salad. Chicki-chiki parm-parm!! The hefty chicken breast was quite moist and well-cooked. It was crumbed and fried to a deep golden brown. The tomato sauce was tangy, the cheese was stringy, and they used bacon instead of ham (YES!).
Char-grilled 300g sirloin steak ($27)
The steak comes with a choice of garlic, pepper and mushroom sauce. While the pepper sauce was quite tasty, the mushroom sauce looked like poop and tasted quite processed. The steaks themselves were cooked excellently to medium-rare (as requested). The meat was tender and the cut was great with very little fat. Great pub grub!
Sticky date pudding and vanilla icecream
Our waitress offered dessert, which I initially forgot was included in the Scoopon deal. This item wasn’t listed on the menu and it seems to be complimentary with a main meal, but we were still excited. We weren’t given a choice of dessert and, unfortunately, the open kitchen door meant that we knew this average-tasting sticky date pudding came from a packet. Oh well.
Service was difficult to locate in the Langford Ale House but the staff were quite friendly once we found them. The waitress let the boys order beers rather than the specified “glass of wine”, while we girls opted for post-mix fizzy drink. We didn’t wait long for our food, but that’s hardly surprising because there was nobody else in the “restaurant” area. While the food was surprisingly tasty, I don’t think I’d travel to Langford for that cold empty restaurant space to pay regular prices for my meal.
Likes: surprisingly tasty and well-executed pub meals, large servings
Dislikes: empty and cold “restaurant” area, noisy poker tables nearby
Value for money: great Scoopon deal, otherwise pretty average
Overall: decent pub grub, but probs better to leave this one to the locals
72 Langford Ave
(08) 9356 1981