• Bridge Hotel (Richmond)

Nestled amongst the trams and traffic which is the busy Bridge Road, the Bridge Hotel is somewhat iconic for the area, having been around for decades. Its many rooms hold differing atmospheres with an internal courtyard, main dining room and a total of four bars.

Sitting in the main dining room, the vintage floor and furniture are met with hipster light bulbs, plants and modern decor from head height up.  The staff were laid-back and hands-off, leaving us to ourselves, we were the only ones in the dining room by half past one.  This, a comfy couch, sunlight through the side window and we were ready to relax.

The extensive menu is somewhat limited for vegetarians.  There is a gnocchi, pumpkin salad and sides.  The pumpkin salad showed big chunks of the sweet veg, served warm against fresh spinach leaves.  The fetta was of medium softness and the chickpeas tasted tinned and un-done rather than spiced as the menu suggested, there were also no promised walnuts.  There was a slight garlic dressing giving a hint of extra flavour.

The eggplant chips seemed to have been boiled to cook then battered and fried to crisp.  Whilst the textures were light and crunchy, they lacked flavour.  Instead of the accompanying cumin yoghurt I would have preferred aioli.

For dessert, ice-cream sandwiches are ordered in and served in many flavours. The strawberry was intense with the berry mixing with the ginger and choc-chips of the biscuits.  It was cute eating it in hands, wrapped in grease proof paper.

I enjoyed the visit to the Bridge Hotel.  The food was not overly exciting but it was decent and the venue provided a chilled atmosphere which we enjoyed.  The Bridge Hotel is open for lunch and dinner seven days.

The Bridge Hotel
642 Bridge Road
Richmond 3121
(03) 9429 5734

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