Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bar Bosh

As you may have noticed, the majority of the restaurants I eat at and post about are in and around the city. This is mostly because I don't own a car, and getting to most restaurants outside of the city is more hassle than it's been worth. Thankfully, I have a boyfriend and friends who are happy enough to drive me around to find food.

Bar Bosh
That's how I ended up catching up with a few friends for lunch in Knox. It was also the first time I'd been in Knox Shopping Centre, even though I've been living in Melbourne for over 6 years. The place is....interesting.

Bar Bosh
Bar Bosh opposite the cinema seemed to be as good of a place as any to stuff our faces. A late lunch that followed training meant that we were ravenous by the time we arrived. The menu is quite expansive, although not particularly healthy. Plenty of comfort food features on the menu with options people on vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free diets, and the serving sizes are more than generous.

To start off with, we had a massive bowl of sweet potato fries to share.

Sweet Potato Fries
This stuff is addictive. I ended up eating half the bowl myself (sorry girls)! You can't go wrong with the sweetness of the fires and the salty crispness of the coating. I do usually prefer my fries to be thicker cut, but I'd certainly order these again, and would likely devour the entire bowl myself.

Cheesy deep fried risotto balls with capsicum, basil & parmesan salsa topped with aioli
While technically an entree, the deep fried risotto balls were rich enough to substitute as a main. Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, they were deliciously cheesy and moreish.  
Crispy beer battered fish fillets served with chips, home made tartare sauce & lemon wedges
Classic fish and chips were also plated up and were a notch above the usual corner-shop fare. I didn't try any of these, but the coating looked thin enough, and not too greasy. Plenty of chips too, and leftovers were taken home on this occasion. 

Beef and Mushroom Pie with sauteed butter beans and garlic mash
The beef and mushroom pie looked a little less appetising to me (I like my pies chunky after all) but my friend was satisfied with it. A few more beans to round out the dish would have been nice, but no complaints from her. 

Spicy roasted vegetables with chickpeas, sweet garlic, coriander and labna
I ended up ordering a massive tangine of roasted vegetables - perfect for a winters day. The tart labna cut through the richness of the slightly spicy sauce and is in my eyes, necessary in this dish. All those vegetables filled me up without weighing me down although in hindsight, my rumbling belly before would have been happier with a little meat at lunch.

Bar Bosh serves up good, comforting food in a friendly (if chaotic) environment. There are plenty of options on the menu and there looks to be an option for everyone, no matter what dietary requirements they have. The service can be a little slow but it's friendly. Overall, a cozy and unpretentious restaurant that's perfect for spending time in with family and friends. 

Bar Bosh
509 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South
Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm

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