Some may choose to go to The Ritz before 7 pm, and others make sure they drop by after that time. The reason being? This relatively new pub right next door to Banana Joe’s Foodworks seems to be a magnet to those amongst us that have multiplied.
It was catch-up time with some friends that have two kids of their own. Two small tackers that required dinner at 6pm. Somewhere that was comfy, spacious, kid-friendly, had decent food for the adults and wasn’t far from home.
The Ritz ticked all of those boxes, and aside from that, it’s a cool space that offers a variety of sectional seating and decent selection of craft brews.
The menu doesn’t differ all that much from any other semi-decent pub around the traps. Burgers and steaks served on wooden boards with small baskets of fries; there’s schnitzel, pasta, nachos, a bit of seafood and buckets of chicken wings. All the staples are there.
For us, a start of beer-battered fish & chips (24) and tempura vegetables (9) join an assortment of glass schooners, plastic cups and toys littering our table.
A burger, prawn & chorizo linguine and pulled pork roll (13) are also delivered; the first of the two landing too far away for this lazy soul to get a photo. Two of us end up ordering the twice cooked pork belly (25). A rather firm, door-stop sized hunk of meat and soft skin served atop white rice, some bok choy and a small amount of caramelised orange sauce. A steak knife would have been a nice implement, rather than the regular table knife.
There is a kids menu that offers the likes of grilled chicken breast, spaghetti bolognese, fish & chips or nachos. But if your little one has teeth and is anything like the unfussy two year old at our table, they’d be more interested in your chorizo and prawns anyway. Hmm, I wonder where he gets that appetite?