Your pub experience is never complete if you haven’t tried Australia’s most popular pub foods. Many consider pub foods because it is comfortingly familiar and reasonably priced regardless of what part of the country you find yourself in. There are hundreds of pub foods but you should first focus your attention on the most popular pub foods. Here’s the list:
Interestingly, calamari is an Italian word for “squid”. Calamari is squid battered and deep-fried. It is actually considered an appetizer. Calamari rings are often served with lemon or with some sort of dipping sauce on the side, which brings out its flavor. For many, nothing is more enjoyable having a beer while eating calamari.
Even though most people enjoy it deep-fried, there are other ways that a restaurant can play with the squid’s taste and texture. Restaurants cook calamari in one of two ways – quickly or for a long time. Anything in between will lead to a rubbery-dish that no one will enjoy.
Every pub has their own version of their special burgers but you will see the same things like toasted buns, meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, beetroot, and cheese. In the past, burgers were served in “open”. This means you can choose to assemble your own burger. Today, burgers are stacked higher and stabbing it with a knife to keep it together. There was also a time when you saw burgers with little toothpick flags.
There are many variations of mixed grills but the usual things you see include steak, sausages, bacon, lamb chops fried egg and even chips. You can also choose to add grilled tomato. Mixed grill is better with a big cold beer.
Chicken parmigiana is considered a classic Australian chicken dish. It is actually a stable offering on every pub in the country. Originally, it is eggplant based but it evolved into a chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese. Chicken parmigiana is served with chips and salads.
Potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili on the side is a perfect appetizer before the actual dinner. Potato wedges are considered the classic share plate. Some pubs offer it with garlic bread and chips with enough gravy.
If you are not sure what to eat, you just have to go with the steak. Remember that steaks have been a mainstay of pubs. Some pubs these days offer two or three choices of steak. Then you have to decide whether to consider chips, salad or mash.
Fish and chips
Another pub staple is fish and chips. The fish is deep fried in crispy batter served with golden chips. It also comes with some kind of a dipping sauce.
Other famous pub or Restaurant foods include counter classics like lamb cutlets, potpie, and mash. Do not forget about the wood-fired pizza and the Caesar salad flooded with a lot of dressing. You will also see spaghetti Bolognese and vegetarian penne.