The Terminus Hotel

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492 Queens Parade Fitzroy North, VIC 3068

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Opening hours Mon-Thu 4:00 – 11:00 PM, Fri-Sat 12 Noon – 12 Midnight, Sun 12 Noon – 11:00 PM
Features Outdoor seating, Private dining, Bar, Wheelchair access, Family friendly, Gluten-free options, Accepts bookings, Late night, Vegetarian friendly, Romance-first date
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Michael Tillotson
Seats 80
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9481 3182

There's been a shift in the kitchen of this handsomely furnished hotel; chef Michael Tillotson is now at the helm and his modern, unpretentious pub menu gets the thumbs-up. There's a healthy dose of Hispanic and Med influence (think chipotle, romesco, ceviche), but you're just as likely to find flavours from Japan or Korea - as with specials like the smoky, tender Korean barbecue beef skewers with kimchi puree. Quality steaks are a feature (and excellent) and the slow-cooked pork belly, maybe partnered with a tangy apple-fennel slaw, is done to luscious, salty perfection, its plus-sized portion a joy for big eaters. Desserts - such as pretty berry-strewn white chocolate icecream with raspberry sorbet and meringue - are a delight, exhibiting flavour balance and visual flair. Service, while welcoming, can be a little sketchy, but when it comes to the food, wine and atmosphere trifecta, the Terminus confidently delivers.