There’s no quiet in the Quiet Man.
There is Guinness on tap, some pretty good pub meals, but there’s definitely no quiet.
The Guinness is a clue to the background of The Quiet Man: it’s an Irish pub on Racecourse Road in Flemington. Alastair and I have eaten there several times, and the food is generally pretty good. The menu is quite large, covering classics like fish and chips, chicken parma, and steak, plus other dishes with an Irish twist.
Several months ago, Alastair and I had an impromptu dinner there. We were lucky to get a table – I recommend booking on Friday or Saturday nights as they do get quite busy.
I ordered the crispy pork belly, braised in Magner’s cider, oven roasted and served with an apple, pear and ginger chutney, and served with herb mash ($24.90). The meat was slightly dry though the crackling was good.
Alastair had the beef and Guinness pie ($18.90) served with chips and salad – and a massively massive plate came to the table.
It’s a pot pie, so under the puff pastry lid was a hearty stew of beef and vegetables cooked in a Guinness stock. It also comes with a little shot of Guinness.
There was also mash hiding underneath the pastry for more carby carbness.
On a different occasion, we caught up with friends Nigel and Xinyu.
I ordered the Longford lamb rump which came with onion gravy and was served with rosemary mash, peas and roasted honey carrots ($26.90). It was nice, and as you can see the lamb was cooked to a lovely medium-rare, but Alastair ordered better than me (again).
He had the shepherd’s pie ($19.90) which came with chunky chips and salad. Oh boy, it was super delicious – very savoury and peppery with a thick layer of melted cheese on top – and I kept leaning over and stealing spoonfuls while he was busy talking to Nigel about satellites and space launches or some other boring thing.
We also stayed for dessert, sharing the banoffee pie ($8.95), which came in a glass rather than as an actual pie. (Do people not like real pies nowadays? A pie should have pastry thank you.)
Layered in the glass was biscuit crumbs, toffee, sliced banana and cream. It was very sweet and heavy, particularly after our big meal.
The Quiet Man is a nice pub serving large hearty meals. The restaurant part doesn’t get too rowdy, but when it’s full it can get a little loud. The prices of main meals range from $18-$40 so there’s choice for all. I highly recommend the shepherd’s pie – I’m ordering it next time we visit.
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The Quiet Man
271 Racecourse Road
Phone: 03 9376 6232