It’s amazing how your perception of a place changes depending on the circumstances. The first time I went to The Duke was on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We were a bunch of 10 or so people and went there for beers and a meal. The place was almost full and everybody seemed to be having a great time. Alvaro and I shared a plate of salt and pepper squid, and there were chips on the tables to share. I liked the vibe of the place and thought that the food was alright.
My next visit was last Saturday. It was right after noon and we were in the neighbourhood looking for a place to have lunch and a beer. The obvious choice was The Duke. The place was empty. The only bartender working at that time looked like he hadn’t slept in a few days. We wanted to sit in the courtyard and asked him to set up a table for us (the chairs were still piled up from the night before). Let’s say that he wasn’t very gentle when putting them on the floor. Then he passed his hand on the table instead of wiping it clean and left.
We were all kinda sad for different reasons and weren’t very hungry. We decided to share a bowl of beef nachos, just to eat something while drinking our beers. Neil ordered a bowl of steamed vegetables, too.
The bowl had a top layer of nachos that made me wonder for a second if there was any chili underneath. On one side it had a generous portion of sour cream and a bit of old guacamole (it had brown spots, meaning that apart from being old they didn’t bother to give it a quick stir for evening out the colour). On a separate small saucer there were dried chili flakes.
Beef nachos ($12.90)
After eating a few of the top nachos the beef chili was revealed. The taste was average. The main issue was that there was a layer of soggy nachos under the chili.
When we were halfway through the nachos Bonnie and I decided to share a bowl of steamed vegetables too. It had zucchini, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow squash and potatoes with some melted butter. It needed salt but was alright to fill us up and add up to our daily veggie intake.
Steamed vegetables (half serving) ($4.90)
148 Enmore Rd
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9519 1935