Marble and Grain in Braddon is the restaurant attached to The Avenue hotel. They opened up some time last year and then had a re-launch this year with the new addition of a gastropub. When they initially opened, I went along with a couple of friends and had an utterly terrible experience. I won’t go into details but it was very, very bad.
I heard Marble and Grain had a $14 lunch special so despite my awful experience, I still wanted to go along to see if things had changed.
When we arrived it took a little while for us to be seated and we were advised we would have to sit in the pub section as there was no more room in the restaurant. We could see about 15 empty tables in the restaurant but perhaps they were expecting a rush of reserved bookings. Anyway, the pub section was fine to sit in. It was nice and quiet at one o’clock in the afternoon.
The $14 lunch special has a handful of options; a beef burger, poached chicken salad, fish and chips, chicken schnitzel, and mushroom gnocchi. My friends ordered the burger and the gnocchi, I opted for the chicken schnitzel as it sounded a bit fancier than your average pub schnitzel.
The meals came out quickly and they looked really good. They far exceeded our expectations in terms of presentation. Often lunch specials aren’t nicely plated because well, you’re paying $10-$15 for it, but our meals looked great.
My schnitzel was much smaller than what you would expect a schnitzel to be (but by no means was it a small dish), but this was not a bad thing at all. Less is more. It was cooked perfectly and the potato salad it came with was delicious.
My friend loved her beef burger, she said the meat was delicious and cooked perfectly. Her only complaint is that the bun was a bit bready, as in, too much bread. Other than that she really enjoyed it.
My partner had the gnochhi and he thought it was great. He said it may have been a tiny bit oily, but there was lots of mushroom and lots of flavour.
Overall, I was highly impressed with the quality and the value for money that the $14 lunch special had to offer. Comparing my two experiences with Marble and Grain, I think they have improved significantly since the first time I visited and I’ll definitely be back again.
What: Marble and Grain
Where: Mort Street, Braddon (back of The Avenue hotel, just up from McDonalds)
Opening hours: 6.30am-12.00am (7 days) Lunch special 12.00pm-2.00pm (7 days)