When I walked into Crosstown Public House it was nothing like I expected. I was picturing your typical pub and instead I got my grandfather’s lounge room; complete with metal signs for Holden cars long out of production, 70’s tunes and the smell of wood varnish. I immediately felt welcome.
The menu is your typical modern pub fare, but with an attention to detail you don’t often see. As a starter I had the mezze platter of bread and dips. I really liked the contrast between the spicy chilli and cheese dip and the cool cucumber and labne dip. For my main I decided on the pork schnitzel with caper salsa, fennel salad and chips. The chips were perfectly salted, the schnitzel crispy and the caper salsa a perfect accompaniment to the rich flavours. The real stand out for me though was the fennel salad; I have long said that what lets most pub meals down are the salads - that dreaded mix of lettuce, carrots and occasionally cucumber that has been doused in an acidic vinaigrette you can barely eat. In the case of Crosstown Public House the salad was delightfully light and crunchy.
The drinks menu was a very pleasant surprise; none of the options on tap were the ‘regulars’ you would expect - instead it was a mix of interesting (and largely local) craft beer. I went with the Drifter Summer Ale and it was an excellent, bright ale. I was also intrigued by the wine menu; it had clearly been put together with a great deal of thought not often seen in pubs.
Make Crosstown Public House your local for midweek food and beer. This is not your typical pub.
Black Book Recommendation
Pork schnitzel with caper salsa, fennel salad and (perfectly salted) chips
23 Logan Road
Woolloongabba QLD 4102
(07) 3189 1595