Rigby’s Bar & Bistro

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Tucked away behind the Forrest Centre on the upper end of St Georges Tce, Rigby’s has withstood the onslaught of time and change, and is still serving up the same style of basic pub food as it has for decades. I remember many Friday liquid lunches here when I worked at Mt Newman House back in the early 90s. It was very much a blokey establishment back then, and I guess it still has that feel about it now, although there were more women than men there on this Friday night.

I came with a few friends including The Prof, for a meal and a Fringe event. I confess my expectations weren’t high as far as the meal went, but all in all, the experience was positive.

Ours was a three course meal starting with pumpkin soup. It was  flavourful and tasted like it had been made with a hearty chicken stock.
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Our main dish was grilled chicken with green beans and roast potatoes. Basic yes, but the chicken, served with a light sauce, was moist and perfectly cooked.

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Dessert comprised two cream-filled profiteroles that tasted fresh; like they had been made that day. Again basic, but perfectly acceptable for the end to a quick meal.

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With various beers on tap and limited wines by the glass at the usual prices, Rigby’s served its purpose as a place for a quick no-frills meal or drink before or after a show. It specialises in $10 lunches for the city workers, and won’t win any gold plate awards, but I’m guessing it has its loyal clientele. Certainly most of the customers there were in the over 40s group. I imagine the cool people wouldn’t be seen dead in Rigby’s, but it’s still going strong after all these years, amid a slew of new trendy bars in the vicinity.

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