FOOD, FASHION, FEATURES AND MUCH MORE
David Taylor Food Review
NAME Arch Rivals Bar and Grill
ADDRESS 11 University Ave Palmerston PHONE 8931 0728
OWNER Jason Hanna
CHEF Kyle Wedmore
ENTREES $8 to $14
MAINS $16 to $33
OPEN Lunch and dinner everyday
STAR QUALITY 4.2/5
True confession. I am a bingo junkie. Whenever I can, I head to the Deck Bar on a Tuesday night and join Drag Queen Bingo for a laugh and a nice meal. Having missed one Tuesday, I decided to head to Arch Rivals in Palmerston on Wednesday instead.
The crew from Departure Lounge Entertainment serve up the silliest, funniest bingo rounds you will witness.
Miss Ellaneous, Shaniqua, debonair Vincenzo and others serve up sassy witty wonderment. Balls drop at 7pm, get in early.
On a serious note, this crew collect dollars for local charities and have passed on more than $17,000 in the past year. That is such a good effort.
I was at Archie’s for the first time ever. Archie’s has been around for decades, serving the Palmerston community good food, drinks and entertainment. It’s a comfy joint. This night there were a number of families, and clusters of Bingo Groupies set for a few hours of fun, and the lure of good prizes too.
I opted for the Baked Norwegian Salmon. I added a side of béarnaise sauce because I do a pretty lousy job of it myself. Chef Kyle Wedmore knows what he is doing.
A good sized portion of pink salmon was served on a bed of tarty potato salad.
Salted, crispy skin atop of perfectly cooked salmon.
Not raw, just cooked through, tender and oh so very delicious.
The potato salad was as expected. Boiled spuds dressed with vinegar, lemon and chives.
Sliced red onion and pickle slices added to the zest.
This time honoured combination proved it’s worth again.
Classics are classics because they stand the test of time, fads and fashion.
Another weakness of mine is onion rings. Archies served me a giant side with a mayo/ BBQ sauce combo for dipping.
Sounds gross but it is white trash food at its finest.
Harden your arteries and toughen up princess, these are so good.
My bingo buddy was hankering for a good steak. No frills, no lacy bits, just a tender steak, chips and a bit of greens.
His scotch fillet was tender, cooked to his liking of medium (pink inside, no blood).
Served on a small hillside of crispy chips and a fresh salad.
He chose a mushroom sauce and was a very happy camper. It certainly looked and smelled good.
We will have to trust him that it tasted good because there was no hint of sharing in his eyes that night.
Never get in the way of a hungry guy and his slab of meat. It’s a Neanderthal thing I guess.
Arch Rival Bar and Grill is a relaxed neighbourhood spot that serves damned good food at fair prices.
Seeing that I let 25 years slip by before trying Archie’s, I promise you it won’t be that long again!
Arch Rival chef Kyle Wedmore with a plate of pork belly and bacon