I have often admired the spectacular building that houses the GPO Café and Bar so I thought I might stop in and have a quick bite for lunch.
As I was on my own, I ordered a coffee and chose to sit outside and enjoy the view from the balcony. GPO uses Campos Coffee beans and I was not disappointed with the rich and flavoursome taste. It did arrive in a glass instead of the mug that I ordered, but I decided I could always order another one.
The lunch menu was more extensive than I thought it would be and the choice varied and interesting with a modern Asian twist. To start there is choice of dips & breads or a choice of 8 tempting tapas dishes like Grilled Salmon skewers with mushrooms and chilli paste, Teriyaki Pork Belly or Prawn Cigars with Plum Sauce.
The tapas dishes range in price from $10-$14 which I thought was reasonable. If you are on the go there are sandwiches, salads, burgers and wraps $9 – $18. I also noted a massaman beef curry, a spicy laksa or vegetarian stack with haloumi, that looked interesting for lunch – I did say extensive menu didn’t I?
For my lunch I decided on the Asian Chicken Salad – w spinach, Asian herbs, peanut, coconut & tamarind dressing for $17. To accompany this I chose a glass of Capel Vale Chardonnay which was served promptly with a mini olive platter, a nice touch I thought.
The salad was fresh and crisp and the sauce piquant, with a good dash of fresh lime juice to compliment the tamarind. The chicken breast in the salad was well cooked and overall the dish had a really authentic Asian flavour, very tasty indeed.
While I was there I did browse their dinner menu which had some interesting choices like, slow cooked lychee duck with shitake mushroom & pan fried Chinese vegetables or Grilled Salmon with hot Thai lime dressing and Japanese Tataki sauce. There was also a steak dish, pork, chicken breast and pasta dishes with prices ranging from $20 – $34 for dinner.
Overall I enjoyed my little break from work and I will most definitely be back to sample more of GPO Café & Bars menu, starting with the tapas