|Fish pie at The Builders Arms|
I was there last week for my annual book club Christmas party, traditionally a boozy affair, and we needed a table for twelve and a decent set menu. The Builders Arms delivered with interesting food, no minimum spend (that creates too much pressure) and a reasonably priced $65 a head set menu.
To start there were pickles very on trend and deliciously salty with the added sweetness of the beetroot pickle. They were served with plates of delicate folds of jamon Serrano which was rich and fatty enough to almost melt on my tounge.
|Whipped cod roe|
The house made Turkish bread with a dip of whipped cod topped with pops of roe was incredibly good and incredibly moreish.
|Beetroot Salad at The Builders Arms|
Beetroot salad was served as a classic combination with the crunch of walnuts and the creaminess of shanklish a soft cheese. The mains on offer included a generous fish pie bursting with salmon and prawns and topped with a hat of buttery puff pastry. The seafood was spankingly fresh but the pie had been slightly overseasoned. The sides of roast potato with confit garlic were the business.
|Chocolate terrine at The Builders Arms|
To finish a dessert of chocolate terrine was moist and oh so rich teamed with a scoop of “Eccles cake” ice-cream. The Eccles cake flavour was a bit too subtle to pick up but the ice-cream was smooth and creamy. It was typical of the offering at The Builders Arms which is essentially pub dishes made with more panache than usual and some quirky ingredients. It’s pub grub with a twist. But be warned that the spartan interior can feel a little sterile at times and drinks at the bar are over priced.
Details: The Builders Arms, 211 Gertrude Street, Collingwood (Ph 03 9417 7700)
Damage: Pricey. The set menu was $65 a head.