Pub fare hits the spot
The FATs (as it is colloquially known) has had a mixed reputation in the past but rumour had it that it was pretty family-friendly these days and worth a Friday night stop off. It’s a large pub and we settled ourselves at the far end next to the much anticipated toy box. However, on making ourselves known at the bar and seeking menus we were asked to move to the other end as a group had booked the tables. They let us take the toy box with us but some reserved signs would have saved us the bother of moving all of the jackets and ancillary gear. Once we put our order in at the bar Karl was able to catch up with some of the neighbours for a yarn and the kids pulled everything out of the toy box (colouring and cards mostly). As more female punters and even a couple of other kids turned up we felt a little more at home. No wine list here but a couple of options for each of the main varieties. I opted for old favourite Oyster Bay ($8.50) while Karl was delighted to have his beloved Speights on tap and even went so far as to order a jug as it was on a happy hour special ($8.50). There’s a selection of several laminated menus at the bar and we were guided towards the junior menu, dinner and snacks, platters and pizzas. The children had a choice of some mind boggling items including a yeti burger and grilled goblin nose, which actually translated into a chicken burger and bangers and mash. The meals were $12 each, the fish (hoki) was over seasoned and the meals were very big for children.A bit smaller with a drink would have been better value for money. There were the traditional steak or deep fried pub options for adults. Karl ordered the Moroccan chicken burger ($18) which had some pretty great flavour from the mango chutney and aioli and the slice of bacon was enjoyed. The serving of chips could have been bigger though (it was smaller than the children’s). My Cajun fish and prawn salad ($19.50) was just what I needed. A great sized salad containing lots of yummy surprises (avocado, mandarin), while the fish was nicely spiced. It was clear effort was made in presentation of all the dishes and they were a great mix of colours with a bit of creativity thrown in. We asked for dessert but were told it is not available at present, however a scoop of ice cream each was found for the children. Staff were friendly but businesslike. Friday night is obviously one of the big ones at the FATs although an assortment of announcements around the bar (and in the toilets) tell of a number of functions being held at the venue during the week. The chef was obviously under some pressure and overhearing some snarls within the kitchen while passing by the open servery wasn’t very comfortable.
The FATs serves classic pub fare, but puts some effort into making it just a wee cut above. There were some small niggles with the meals and service but management and staff are obviously working hard to create a comfortable atmosphere and a menu containing lots of choices.
Frankton Arm Tavern 14 Yewlett Cres, Frankton Phone: 03 442 2099 Licensed: yes Hours: 11am till late Rating: Food: 2.5/4 Service: 3/4 Atmosphere: 1.5/2 Total: 7/10 Reviewed by: Debbie Jamieson
Delicious: The Frankton Arms Tavern’s Cajun fish and prawn salad and
Moroccan chicken burger.