Naughtons’ Parkville Hotel
Located a mere five minute’s walk from uni sits Naughtons’ Parkville Hotel, home to Fridays’ after work festivities for many in our department. But as it turns out, this pub is more than just a pub… it’s a gastropub. And a pretty decent one at that. I recently had the fortune of discovering this for myself after a visit with K for her birthday.
I hear from the grapevine that Naughtons’ was recently renovated some time in the past year, adding a modern and stylish vibe that livens up the pub setting.
Croquetas pescado - spanish chorizo, prawns and sweet lip snapper croquettes, served with a chipotle aioli.
The croquettes were comprised of a blend of seafood mixed in with a silky smooth potato mash, encased in a super crispy coat of deep fried crumbs. Bursts of smokiness and spiciness from the occasional encounters with the chorizo further enhanced the flavour profile of the dish.
Spanish prawn pizza - tiger prawns, spicy chorizo, leek, tomato salsa, olives, chipotle chilli, and mozzarella.
If you asked me about where to go to get some good pizza that’s nearby to uni, I would have pointed you in the direction of Lygon St. But after trying a pizza from Naughtons’, I may have to reconsider this. The slightly spicy and sour chorizo paired well with the fresh and juicy Spanish prawns. But while most bites didn’t have any chorizo sausage or prawn, the flavours continued to hold up well - the rich tomato paste, with hints of spice from the chipotle chilli, and the stringy melted mozzarella really wowed the taste buds.
Vege burger - vegetable rosti patty, with grilled zucchini, eggplant, cheese and aioli, on a toasted bun, served with fries and cucumber pickles.
With plenty of prominent and complementary flavours and textures, this wasn’t just any old, run-of-the-mill veggie burger. Heavily-toasted, the burger buns were super crispy, and together with the lettuce, brought the crunchy element of the dish. In contrast to these were the tender and grilled eggplant and zucchini slices. The fried veggie rosti patty seemed to play the role of the go-between, and pulled together the crunchy and tender elements seamlessly. Given how much I actually enjoyed the combination of flavours arising from the garlic aioli, hints of truffle and natural flavours of each veggie component, I didn’t regret choosing this over the WAGYU burger.
Located so close to uni, and after enjoying our dining experience at Naughtons’ Parkville Hotel, I have no doubts that I will be back again some time soon.
Naughtons’ Parkville Hotel
43 Royal Parade,
Parkville, Victoria, 3052.
(03) 9347 2255