There are a few things in life that are perfect matches for one another. Peanut butter and a spoon. Hangovers and The Food Network. Hot chocolate and cold weather.
You can definitely satisfy the latter at House on Parliament. This pub/restaurant serves up comfort food at it best: think grilled cheeses, Sunday roast dinners, and classic pub food.
On a recent Sunday night the place was packed, but we were lucky to snag a free table in the cosy upstairs area. House is a terrific venue for when you’re in the mood for a chilled out, comforting meal or drink: it lives up to its namesake and is a welcoming, relaxing space.
D and our pal M ordered the Sunday special roast dinner, which included steak, Yorkshire pudding, vegies, and a bread and butter pudding for dessert (around $17). I went with the pulled pork sandwich and fries (around $12).
My meal was an absolute bargain. We didn’t get a photo of it, but the pork was piled high on a very soft white bun. There were so many shoe-string fries they were practically falling off the plate. The sauce was very smokey, with a subtle sweetness. What I loved the most was the variety of texture of the pork: some pieces were thick, some pieces were thin and shredded finely.
D and M were happy with their plates, too (above): I snagged a taste of the steak, and it was quite tender and flavourful. Unfortunately our waiter forgot about the bread pudding for dessert and we had to remind him. We thought getting dessert was a pretty good deal, but the portion was rather small, although tasty.
We grabbed some beers too – House has a small, but excellent selection including the Wellington IPA that we tried:
As well as popular but harder-to-find beers like Blanche de Chambly and Innis & Gunn.
While service was a little slow, our waiter was so apologetic and friendly that it didn’t really bother us.
It seems there’s now a new pair to add to the list of perfect matches: House on Parliament and comfort food.
House on Parliament
Restaurant and Bar
454 Parliament St (Parliament & Carlton)