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HOT: Stones Corner Hotel – 346 Logan Rd, Stones Corner

Considering it’s my local watering hole, drugs I must admit I’m a little ashamed that my first meal at the Stones Corner Hotel was only last week. From my limited and short stints at the bar, viagra this pub seems a little bit hit-and-miss on the service and substance, health which is probably why MM and I haven’t made too much of an effort to date.

We decided to take advantage of the Stones Corner Hotel Monday night special recently – $10 off any grazier steak meal. Truth be told I thought the special was actually $10 for any grazier steak meal…mental note to self: read the fine print. So the deal wasn’t as sweet as originally expected, but we still had a reasonably priced meal which was well presented, fresh and tasty and I’d definitely return to sample more items on the menu.

We kicked things off with a gigantic serve of cheesy garlic bread ($6.50); the bread was a little soggy but I suspect that’s because the cheese was uber gooey (yum!).

For an entrée we shared the duck spring rolls with hoi sin dipping sauce ($9.50); these home-made delights really were exceptional. The crispy, lightly fried shell was jam packed with the wonderful textures of tender duck meat, shredded red cabbage and carrot with diced water chestnuts.

For a main, MM chose the 200g eye fillet with chips, salad and pepper sauce ($18, normally $28). His steak was a tad over cooked but otherwise tender with a generous serving of thick cut chips. Beware the pepper sauce though; over salted and oily and possibly out of a tin which was unexpected and disappointing.

I changed my mind on the steak and opted for the potato gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, rocket, parmesan, pine nuts and sage butter ($19). The dish was a little rich for my stomach, but overall it was very impressive. The gnocchi was clearly home made and flash fried I suspect, so the little pillows were fluffy in the middle and crispy on the outside. The pumpkin chunks were a little under cooked which was a shame, but this was quickly forgotten once I’d sampled the combination of parmesan, rocket, sage butter and roasted pine nuts, whose flavours perfectly complimented each other.

My initial impressions of the Stones Corner Hotel still stand; the service was prompt but not overtly friendly or warm, but in their defence the restaurant was practically empty and there’s only so much vibe two people can generate right?

The Stones Corner Hotel caters well for a mixed demographic of patrons from local tradies and suits, to students and other passersby. With a sizeable bar area for chewing the fat over a game or two of pool and with a good menu of pub food (bordering on fine dining actually) it has the makings of a great venue.

  • Stones Corner Hotel – 346 Logan Rd, Stones Corner +61 7 3397 3727

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