I tend to forget the Como Hotel exists when I’m mentally running through the local repertoire of pub lunch locations. Perhaps because it’s kind of a loner, stuck out there on Canning Highway surrounded by houses and the odd corner deli. But last week, on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, the Welshman and I were discouraged by the vast amount of cars outside our usual pub haunts, and for some reason I thought of the Como.
We rocked up to find the place not-too-busy-and-not-too-quiet, with the sunny beer garden sporting a few ladies looking very Melbourne-Cup like in all their millinery finest. The restaurant menu looked very inviting, and I opted for one of the specials, the Pork and Prawns – 250g Barkers Creek pork sirloin with sweet chilli tiger prawns, served with chips and salad, for $25.90. And oh man, this dish was good. The pork steak looked and tasted perfect, almost as if it had been created in a lab. The prawns were an unusual but delicious touch.
The Welshman ordered the kangaroo dish, which was served with sweet potato and macadamia nuts, amongst a few other bits and pieces. The elements all tied together to produce a beautiful deep flavour.
We didn’t want anything too heavy for dessert so we decided to share the Chocolate Éclair with toffee sauce, cream and strawberries for $9.50. I asked for ice cream instead of cream, and the staff happily obliged.
Usually I don’t expect much sweet joy from restaurants that have their desserts shipped in ready-made (Como does – I asked), but this éclair was delicious – way better than the standard shopping-centre-bakery fare. The thing was huge, filled with custard-tinged cream and drizzled with lovely sweet caramel sauce. Well worth the price.
I’ve always had good experiences at the Como, and this time was no exception. I think I’ll have to make an effort to remember it more!