Happy New Year everyone!
Recently M and I got engaged so we have been a little off the radar getting our wedding planning off and rolling However before we became all wedding planning crazed and joined the mad pre-Christmas shopping rush, we tried out the bustling Flynn’s at Bligh Street in the city. From memory we had gone on a Tuesday expecting it to be relatively quiet, however instead were impressed with how packed the bar-section was. Upon inspection, signs revealed that they had a fairly impressive selection of daily specials with $5 beers/wines between 5-7pm and a varying food menu special on weekdays (think $10 artisan pizzas).
Whilst we decided not to go for their beers and cocktails, we couldn’t go past their delicious sounding mocktails. We got their strawberry mint fizz and the fresh fruit punch. The strawberry mint fizz was the perfect drink for the hot weather, with whole fresh strawberries muddled in with a refreshingly light and fizzy lime mint and soda. The fresh fruit punch was also delicious and consists of seasonal fruit (mango in our case) mixed with a sweet and sour mix of lime, grenadine and soda.
For starters we opted for the lightly floured calamari and the polenta fries. Both were cooked well with the calamari being coated lightly and deep fried to a golden perfection without being over seasoned. The lemongrass mayo was also an interesting touch to the dish, with the lemongrass infused flavour giving the mayo a lighter feel. The polenta fries were also delicious (albeit quite filling) and were served with an addictive truffled pecorino seasoning and a tomato salsa dipping side.
For mains M opted for his typical go-to comfort dish of beer battered fish and chips whilst I decide to try the “healthy” option by going for the lamb salad. Turns out the two dishes worked well with one another, with my healthier salad balancing out the oil and carb heavy fish and chips option. The fish and chips consisted of beer battered flathead fillets that were still wonderfully tender and moist on the inside, served with a side of creamy tartare sauce, side salad and crispy chunky fries. The lamb salad consisted of thin roasted lamb slices served with a mixed leaves salad tossed through with pomegranate, feta and roasted eschallots. I really enjoyed the sweet crispy pops of pomegranate juices within the salad, however I felt that the salad would have worked better with chunkier serves of daily roasted lamb meat versus their “sandwich-style” lamb slices for more substance.
Overall we liked the Flynn’s well made and slightly modernised uptake to the traditional pub food offerings. What we both really enjoyed mostly though was the entrees and the mocktails, so we’d most likely go back to try out more of their cocktail menu over a few entrees to share/nibble on.
Disclaimer: PlanMB dined as guests of The Flynn
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