After every meal Big Fil and I like to take a walk, usually for miles, but that's a whole other story. A few weeks ago, after breakfasting at Lawson Grove Shop in South Yarra, we wandered along Church Street. Our wanders have a number of advantages ... we find a lot of great things and one of them was Pound Bar, a place on Big Fil's huge list of place to try but also somewhere he couldn't remember the location. Problem solved!
It wasn't that brilliant a day and we were happy to sit inside and watch the rain. Big Fil and I always like to turn up early so as to get the "perfect" seat, this time close to the window and in a location where we could watch what was happening.
Since we were visiting the "Pound" Bar, somebody had to select the pound (lb) option and Big Fil bravely put up his hand: the pound Russian egg salad with salmon on pannini. I thought Big Fil got the beter of the food we served and definitely the more adventorous option on the menu. The egg salad was smooth and nice, and contrasted well with the salmon. A good sized serve for the price.
I went with the poached eggs on toast with a couple of side orders: avocado, bacon and home made baked beans. It was all cooked well, especially the poached eggs and toast. But the bacon was a little oily and heavy, and my choice felt like a safe option.
Big Fil always likes to try a dessert and since we'd been talking about vanilla slices the day before he quickly snapped one up. The custard was lovely, soft and moist, and sandwiched between delicate pastry. Noteworthy, the slice wasn't topped with a thick concoction of icing, which I'm not a fan of. Definitely a vanilla slice to recommend.
A nice little place as a local, with well cooked food if a little on the safer side. The service was very good; the kind you feel as though the staff enjoy their job of looking after you without having them constantly hovering over you. One point to note is the restaurant isn't large and it fits a surprising number of people, around 35 or so. When we arrived there were only a couple of people at the back but the place filled up quickly, and by the time it was full it would be noisy with people sitting very close together ... not fun if you're over six foot like Big Fil.
Food - 7
Service - 7
Ambience - 7.5
Price - 7
Shop 5/566 Chapel St
South Yarra VIC 3141
Tel: (03) 9826 1114