Station Hotel in Footscray is dude food heaven and a serious steak destination. This is one of the great hotels of Melbourne bringing the ambience of yesteryear with a modern twist. The outside appearance of the Station Hotel is preserved and is classic. Then you enter a charming establishment with two distinctive dining areas - the formal dining and the casual bar area. To be honest I'm impressed with the casual area - the only difference is the decor is a bit more low key and the music slightly louder. The menu is the same for both areas. I chose to dine in the casual area (with the office worker punters) - which featured impressive timber panelling and vintage timber floor.
Station Hotel is famous for their premium steaks and hand cut chips - serious meat territory for all steak lovers in Melbourne. Or should I say it's a Black Angus haven - the predominant premium meat here. Tempting to grab some 100 day grain or grass fed Black Angus...
But as I was working nearby (actually across the road) I was able to glean some local knowledge. I'm told by locals the lunch specials are also famous. So I ventured to Station Hotel to enjoy the lunch special of Steak sandwich and Soup of the day. Wow. This is great value. The soup was a creamy mushroom - superb texture and richness. It was served also with several slices of fresh bread and a small plate of butter.
After consuming the soup along with the bread supplied I was a happy man. This was nearly enough for lunch on its own. But of course I was still keen for the steak sandwich which appeared as an open item. The stack of lettuce and onion was clever from a visual point of view but also this salad was a great accompaniment to the steak.
The steak was a premium cut and was melt in your mouth. The tender steak (cut into bite size pieces) came with a killer sauce. Yes this was an excellent steak sandwich. The combination of soup and steak was a winner!
According to the Station Hotel website, "The Station Hotel's concept is simple - create a relaxed, informal pub environment with well prepared food using quality ingredients, plenty of cold beer on tap and a small but interesting wine list.
Station Hotel has awesome (presumably original) timber floors, large windows and all round interesting architecture. Wandering around Footscray I noticed a plethora of classic hotels, of which several are being revamped.
For me this was an enjoyable experience. The service here is friendly and helpful. I'm looking forward to returning. Highly recommended.