Food and Drink
Posted by G. Raymond Leavold
05. Sep, 2011
I went along on a Wednesday night to The Royal Mail Hotel on Spencer Street to check out ‘Roadkill Wednesday’, a night that showcases a various array of Australian game meats that in the past have included emu, kangaroo, wild rabbit and possum.
Now, as a fan of cooked (and sometimes raw) meat of all kinds, I thought that this would definitely appeal to my palate and I was intent on trying something that I’d never had before.
Unfortunately, I was a little dissatisfied with the limited choices on the menu. The game meats on hand vary from week-to-week depending on the season and availability, and I guess it must have been an off-week, for the menu mostly consisted of quail dishes. And though the Wild Boar Chorizo did sound intriguing, I left the Roadkill menu behind and flicked over to the standard nightly menu instead. And I’m glad I did, as I found a meal that not only sounded appealing, but was also something that I’d never had before: Redesdale Rabbit.
It may seem strange that I’d never had rabbit before this night. It may seem stranger that I’ve had it eight times since.
On the night I was there, The Mail seemed to function around a small but undoubtedly competent crew. It was almost ridiculous how attentive the Maitre’d – and sole member of the waiting staff—was, continually re-filling water glasses, making sure everything was running smoothly at each of the tables and the meals were served in a timely fashion, which is something that one doesn’t truly appreciate until they’ve had to wait 45 minutes for a meal.
Now, though I’m usually all about finding cheap places to eat and can’t help but being a general tight-wad, the prices at The Royal Mail are not exactly on the slight side, but I believe that it is great example of getting exactly what you pay for.
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