My local pub is literally 2 minutes down the road. I have lived in the same suburb for 23 years and not once have I stepped foot in the Odin Tavern. In the last month I have been there three times. My dad has been there 5 weeks in a row. So what has the Odin Tav done right to gain our local patronage. It’s all about value for money. For $15 on Sundays you get 2 courses – either soup or dessert to accompany your roast main. It’s truly bang for your buck. Last night I saw the comedian Danny Bhoy complain about an $8 glass of juice. It’s no secret Perth prices are obscene. The Odin Tav restores your faith in the concept of the Local. Pubs in Perth are serving pub food at ridiculous fancy restaurant prices. I don’t think paying over $40 for a main is true to the definition of the Local. However, this seems to be the reality at most local pubs. The Odin Tav is making fun of these restaurants with their $15 Sunday roast deal. Let’s talk food. The soup changes per week and so far I’ve experienced chicken and corn and another time was tomato and pancetta. Both times you will be pleasantly surprised to find real ingredients in the soup and not the canned variety. My mum found the soup salty but my mum has one of the healthiest palates on the planet. This is the woman who uses herbs and spices for flavour instead of salt. My house is not a salt and pepper house, it’s a parsley, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil house. Our spice rack takes up most of the bench space in the kitchen. So whenever I say anything is salty, it probably isn’t. The hero of the meal is the roast beef. Odin Tavern gives you a generous serving. I normally can’t finish the beef. My brother uses the bread from the soup course to make his own beef sandwich. If you wanted some carbs you can get a roast roll and chips for $7.50. It truly is a bargain. The surprise package is the generous serve of steamed vegetables. Your plate is colourful thanks to broccoli, carrot, potato, green beans, pumpkin and squash. For some reason they are very generous with the squash. I think I had ten pieces of squash last time. It’s quite a random vegetable/fruit depending on your definition to have with a pub meal. Wikipedia says squash botanically is a fruit but in the culinary world it is considered a vegetable. The steamed vegetables are probably the main reason why the parents like to come back here. Oh and the friendly price. The dessert is usually your stock standard chocolate mousse. Look there is a reason this meal is $15 – it’s not fine restaurant quality but it is fantastic comfort food. Wednesday is $14 steak night where you can choose from a T-Bone or Porterhouse including chips, salad and a choice of sauces. You can’t go wrong. I had my steak medium rare and I couldn’t fault them. It was on the rarer side but that’s how I like it. I am so happy that I finally met my Local. Odin Tav I am sure I will be seeing you more and more to make up for lost time.
THE FOOD JOURNEY
Generous and delicious!
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Unfortunately today I didn’t have the luck of the Irish. Though I was dining with my Irish colleague Clare for dinner before Jennifer Lopez’s concert, I was unlucky in my ordering. We decided to eat at Durty Nelly’s after a failed attempt at eating at the neighbouring pub James Squire in Shafto Lane. We did get lucky in securing a table because it was also chockers. It was the silly season so people were out in numbers celebrating or there were a lot of JLO fans in our midst. I ordered the Thursday special, beef parmigiana There was nothing special about it. The meat was as big as my face. It was chewy, hard to eat and the sauce had no flavour. It was a struggle to eat. The chips were yummy, I’ll give them that. At least an Irish pub got the potato right. It was my own fault for ordering an Italian dish at an Irish pub. A rookie mistake. I haven’t given up on the Irish pub just yet. Clare raves about the curry chips at Fibber McGees in Leederville, I can’t wait to try it. I’ve never had curry chips. Apparently it’s the Irish version of a kebab after a late night out. The other people I was dining with enjoyed their Durty Nelly’s meal. Try the calamari, chicken parma and wedges – they all got nods of approval. Don’t get the beef parma unless u want a jaw workout. On a side note Jennifer Lopez was amazing! She’s made me want to go on a health kick. It started straight after the concert, after her diva delay in starting the concert at 9.30 it was a run back to the car before the parking closed at 11pm.
THE FOOD JOURNEY
The beef parma was a jaw workout.
On a whim, my friend and Louise decided to visit our friend Carly who is teaching in Kalgoorlie this year. Apparently, the Prospector, the train you catch from Perth to Kalgoorlie is a right of passage so I am thankful to have ticked this off the bucket list. We were able to try a few of the watering holes and establishments in Kalgoorlie but the most interesting was a 25 minute drive to the Broad Arrow pub, which is famous for being a haven for bikies as well for all the scribbles, autographs and drawings on the walls. Arguably, this pub has a cult following for locals and tourists so don’t be surprised to wait 2 hours for your meal. Now Perth pubs are going through this annoying face of adding fancy items to menus so a burger is no longer just a burger, you pay over $20 for relish, wagyu, carmelised onions and other fancy flourishes when really it’s still meat in a bun. Don’t worry Broad Arrow only charges $10 for a burger and chips and if you look at the photo it’s nothing flash. Yet on this sunny day in Kal we were warned sternly by the bearded bloke behind the bar that we would be waiting a long time for our meals. Boy did we wait. We turned it into a game, placing empty bets on what time the buzzer will go off. We ordered at 12pm and the buzzer went off at 2.11pm. By that stage we were thankful to have our burgers and sandwiches on the table. You would think they were making homemade bread at the back but no it was a simple burger with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato. A bit dry for me. But here is the saving grace, the chips were sensational. Crispy on the outside with a soft centre, I was in food heaven. I seriously would go back to the middle of nowhere, at this random pub with writing on the wall just for those chips. Broad Arrow was an experience to remember and those chips I will never forget. If you are ever passing the Super Pit of Kalgoorlie make sure you drive a little further in the other direction and have a beer and chips at the Broad Arrow.
THE FOOD JOURNEY
Ignore the burger just eat the chips!
Broad Arrow Tavern
492 Railway St, Broad Arrow Western Australia 6431
(08) 9024 2058
Whoomp there it is