The European Bier Café takes pride of place on the North East corner of Exhibition and Little Collins in the CBD. They do specials most nights of the week apart from Thursdays, tonight - which was typical!
Anyway, since a group of us were meeting to go watch a movie at the nearby Kino cinema in Collins Place, we decided to have dinner beforehand.
We all arrived fairly early, around 5ish and had no problem getting a table in their dining area. Simply walk in and find a table.
Their menu has an '$18 pub favourites' section as well as appetizers, mains, sides and desserts. Banning carbs from my evening meals means that I am pretty restricted when dining out. However, since I love salads, I opted for the 'Euro Chicken Salad' ($19.50).
Once decided, we simply ordered at the bar, got appointed a table number and went back to sit and wait. Seeing as we were early birds, it didn't take long for our meals to arrive.
My salad was a generous portion of rocket and spinach leaves, red onion and tomato. It was all dressed in a tasty balsamic and olive oil dressing with delicious pieces of warm grilled chicken breast and warm grilled bacon pieces. The chicken was succulent and the bacon pieces were wonderfully crunchy. For a pub meal, I was very satisfied indeed.
One of my dining companions had the 'Risotts' ($18) from the pub favourites which looked pretty good. It had generous pieces of chorizo throughout with spinach and generous shavings of parmesan on top.
Another dish was the 'Grilled fish of the day' - also from the $18 pub favourites. Served with fries and garden salad with balsamic and olive dressing (which didn't look particularly appetizing), but was really good (as I was told). And we assumed that it must have been the same dressing as mine.
Staff are polite and friendly here. It's got a great after work crowd vibe; it's easy, casual and a great place for a drink and a pub meal.
European Bier Café
120 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
T: +61 (0)3 9663 1222