As I’m the ‘foodie’ in the group, people always turn to me for suggestions and ideas on where to eat. But in actual fact, even though I am a ‘foodie’ I am quite indecisive. It always makes me nervous when they ask me these questions since what if my suggestions can’t live up to their expectations?
This is one of those moments when I felt bad about suggesting a place to eat. Even though the food at Pugg Mahones Irish Pub was quite delicious I thought, the fact that they had to turn away one of my companions ruined the night for us. Let me explain.
When we arrived at the restaurant, it seemed quite empty in the front of the house, even though the back room was full of people. It didn’t occur to me at the time that there was a function on. We proceeded to order our meals at the bar counter to which the waiter accepted and we paid and sat down. At the time, one of my friend had not yet arrived. Almost one hour on, our meals still hadn’t arrived and we were starving.
Just at that moment, the last friend arrived and went to the counter to order only to be shockingly turned away due to the kitchen being ‘too busy’. I’m not sure if they would have accepted his order if I had gone up and told them he was with us, but my friend ended up leaving to eat at home instead. This was the first time this had happened to me.
Shortly after my friend’s departure, our meals arrived and we all ate in an awkward silence.
I know this wouldn’t usually happen since functions shouldn’t be on every day, but it did leave a nasty feeling in my mind and I was a bit upset that we couldn’t all enjoy the meal like we should have.
Like I mentioned, the food was not bad. I had ordered the roast lamb special for roughly $19. It was a big meal, with delicious carrot and potato mash and baked potatoes, perfectly al dente boiled greens (asparagus, snow peas and broccolini – my favourites) and beautifully seasoned and tender lamb to boot. I thought it was value for money. They also didn’t cheap out on the gravy which is always a plus.
Yuye ordered the seafood basket ($16) which came with Kilkenny battered fish, prawn cutlets, squid rings and battered scallops with chip, salad and tartare sauce. It was slightly oily, although to be expected since everything was deep fried but the seafood was still tender and not overcooked.
K’s chicken schnitzel burger was small but juicy and tasty. So all in all, everyone thought it was an enjoyable meal. If only the awkward turn away didn’t happen.
We should have ordered more beers to sober up and forget about the unhappy things. I’m sure that would have made things better…
I would still return to Pugg Mahones for a good dose of Irish and Modern Australian fare if I have cravings for this type of hearty food though as there wasn’t much to fault with the tasty food and nice atmosphere, I Just have to be wary of big gatherings before I sit down with my friends next time.
Question time: Has this kind of experience ever happened to you? Would you have stayed for your meal even if a friend got turned away?
Pugg Mahones Irish Pub
Phone: (03) 9347 0202
175 Elgin Street, Carlton VIC 3053