Corner Rosedale Road & William Pickering Drive, Albany
Enjoying a beer on a lazy Saturday afternoon is what a long weekend is all about, so during Easter we met up with friends at New Brew for lunch.
New Brew is an upmarket pub, with not only a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails (out of a teapot if you’d prefer), but as we were to discover, they also do really good food. I couldn’t decide between the tapas and lunch menu, so I ordered something off both.
The first dish was roasted butternut, haloumi and sundried tomato pesto risotto balls, served with a delicious tangy plum sauce and a small salad ($11.50). There were four decent sized balls, which were absolutely scrumptious, and my mouth is watering, just thinking about them.
I also ordered the vegetarian pita pizza, topped full of roasted courgettes, butternut, capsicum, feta, mushrooms, and caramelised onion. The pizza base was very soft and it was a difficult balancing act to move each slice from pizza board to mouth without any mishaps.
The husband inhaled his Cajun Chicken Burger ($18.50), filled with streaky bacon, avocado, cheese and salad. The fat chips on the side were more like chunky seasoned roast potatoes – yum!
Our friends enjoyed the chorizo sausage and mozzarella risotto balls ($10.50), which are enough for a light meal in themselves, and a beef burger.
New Brew’s decor is modern, with high ceilings and interesting light fittings made from green bottles. They also have a private function area and a glorious outdoor dining area, where we spent our afternoon lazing in the sun.
We were all impressed with the food. It is not what you’d expect from traditional pub faire, and we will definitely be back to try out the rest of the menu.
In a nutshell: A very pleasant and extremely tasty way to spend an afternoon, with an interesting selection of vegetarian dishes.