The husband and I had one of these rare days to ourselves just before going on a recent holiday, which provided the perfect opportunity to try The Montpellier Public House’s $35 lunch special. Yes, really – three courses of food for only $35, available Mondays to Fridays from 12 til 3pm, at Matt Kemp’s revamped Balzac.
Our second course “Large Plates” appear and we start to wonder how we’re going to fit in all this food! The fish and chips are served with beautifully buttery, mushy peas (because butter makes everything better!) and creamy, tangy tartare sauce which is perfect for dunking the thick-cut fluffy chips into. The batter on the fish is crispy, if a little heavy, but it’s the fish used which I’m not particularly fond of due to its oily texture.
The ‘8 hour braised shoulder of saltbush lamb, spring veg & barley’ is surprisingly light in comparison but very filling with its generous serve of meaty chunks.
Then there is still dessert! The Eton Mess is thick and creamy with plenty of vanilla seeds flecked throughout. I’m not a huge fan of cream so I wouldn’t have minded more strawberries and crushed meringue pieces. The ‘Profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce’ are equally as generous with vanilla in their filling and the runny chocolate sauce completes the crispy pastry affair.
And, recently The Montpellier Public House has announced an extra option to their prix fixe lunch where you can opt to have two courses for only $27.50. Perfect for those who have trouble fitting in three courses of food! So, what more reason do you need to go try it for yourself?
141 Belmore Rd (junction of Belmore Rd & Avoca St), Randwick NSW
Tel: (02) 9399 9660
Opening Hours (dining room): Sun & Mon CLOSED
Tues-Sat 6pm until late
*EDIT*: As at May 2012, The Montpellier Public House is closed for business.