27 May 2014
Catching up with my Southie girlfriends is one of the best things I can do on a Friday evening. Our group of 6 ladies assembled at a local Italian place called Hub Grill. The friendly owner is great value and helpful with suggestions on serving sizes and which dishes to order!
We spotted pasta dishes on other tables and quickly realised that the serving sizes would be very generous. Obviously we wanted to leave room for dessert, so we ordered some garlic bread and 4 mains to share between us. Most of the diners were Asian so we felt perfectly comfortable asking for share plates and splitting food, rather than ordering a dish each to ourselves.
Garlic bread ($5 per serve)
The food took a little while to arrive, but this is a small family-owned restaurant and we were happily chatting away. Garlic bread arrived first (3 servings pictured above) and we chomped into the bread. I enjoyed the the golden brown colour, the butter, the crunchy outside texture and the soft bread inside,. Personally, I would’ve liked a stronger garlic taste.
Chilli mussels ($21.90)
The mussels were tasty and the bowl was quite a generous serving, but the flavour wasn’t as good as Little Creatures. Our table was packed with mouths that can take a little chilli heat, but we found the sauce quite mild. Still, it was a nice easy dish to share with friends!
Chilli prawn linguini ($23.50)
I love seafood and chilli, so the chilli prawn linguini was an obvious choice. There was a generous serving of prawns and, equally importantly, a large pile of saucy pasta (compared to The Beach Club which seems to intentionally minimise pasta serving sizes to earn more money from patrons). As you can see, some of my lovely troll friends wanted their fingers to have a moment in the spotlight…
Duck ravioli with garlic squid ($24.50)
I loved the rich creamy sauce, full of flavour from herbs and butter. The duck ravioli was tender and hearty. While I loved the little parcels of meat and sauce, I’m still not convinced that garlic squid is the best item to combine with duck ravioli. Mmmm would defs order this one again.
Lamb shank ($27.50)
It occurred to me that we ended up ordering all our food from the specials menu! Hopefully our favourites will be there next time we visit. The lamb shank was a huge serving of two shanks with meat falling from the bone. You’ve got to love a little salty feta and some gushy tomatoes. The potatoes were cooked like my mum makes them - still a little crunchy. A tasty hearty dish, but not quite as amazing as the lank shank I recently devoured at the Victoria Quay Night Markets.
The home-made tiramisu was tasty, moist, and with that signature boozy flavour. My friends who enjoy tiramisu were pretty excited by this dessert.
Banana pudding ($7.50)
Unfortunately, we ventured off the beaten track and ordered a banana pudding (without knowing what it was). This slice of “pudding” was grey inside, served very cold, and had a weird and gross juicy texture that we think means it was frozen and then thawed. The cheap chocolate syrup didn’t save this dessert, so it was left mostly uneaten.
Flambé banana ($11.50)
The waiter assured me that the kitchen had remembered to flame the bananas, but I’m still certain that the bananas had never seen fire. While the bananas were tasty and swimming about in a nice sugary gluggy sauce, they were not properly caramelised or burnt. Too expensive for stewed bananas with sauce.
Service was friendly and tried especially hard to accommodate our table in quite a busy and small dining area. We happily drank the chilled tap water that was provided and used extra dining plates to share our food. Hub Grill serves up tasty pasta and Italian-inspired food, but it strikes me as more modern Australian than authentic Italian. The pastas were yummy and the servings were generous, but I suggest skipping the disappointment of the desserts.
Likes: generous servings, yummy pasta dishes, sharing food with friends
Dislikes: gross banana pudding, average flambé banana
Value for money: good, especially given the quality and quantity of pasta
Overall: tasty modern Australian food (with an Italian-inspired theme)
Shop 17, Shelley Hub
15-17 Tribute St West
(08) 9259 5595