O’Connell’s is a classy gastro pub with a friendly vibe. The gastro bit generally means the prices are up. Great food of course but you don’t see yourself getting a bargain.
On Monday at O’Connell’s that assumption is not correct. On Monday they have a choice 250gm cut of cape grimm porterhouse and a glass of Shiraz wine for $20. This is good value in anyone’s money and it is feels better value when you have eaten the steak and drunk the wine and found out how good it is.
Our steak was cooked to our instructions and my medium rare was perfect. The steak is served with a choice of sauces and mustard – a very generous serving mustard.
To get this deal you have to sit in the bar. The bar has bar stools and high tables and this isn’t everyone’s preferred way to eat dinner. However if you are okay with that give the Monday’s steak special ago.
We arrived straight from work at six and the bar was pretty full then but we managed a table for four. The steak comes with chips and a small delicious mixed salad. If you are worried about eating the chips take heart in the fact that they cooked with the skin on to give you all the nutriments.
The staff is friendly, helpful and efficient and will take your order at your table. Happy hour is from 5pm to 7pm so if you like the Shiraz, and we did, our next glass was $5.00.
We left about 7.30 and the whole place was filling up. It was more than full at the bar and someone immediately grabbed our table. So eager were they we had difficulty getting off our stool as they were trying to get on them – a bit of a squash. If you are interested in the deal the earlier you are there the better!
Of course you may want to check out the dining room which has an open fire and looks very cosy on these cold winter nights. Their web site is where you can check the menu.
Web site: - http://oconnells.com.au/
Where:- O’Connell’s Hotel, Corner of Coventry and Montague Streets, South Melbourne
Phone 9699 9600
Car There is two hour and some free parking in the local Streets and the hotel has a carp at the rear, off Montague Street.
Tram 96 to South Melbourne Market, cross Ferraras Street and walk along Coventry Street to O’Connell’s