Dining options expand at the Moonah Hotel

ONE of the longest-standing watering holes in the northern suburbs, the Moonah Hotel has undertaken a major revamp in recent months, ushering in a brand new menu, dining area and burger shop.

Moonah Hotel licensee Margaret Jackson said the new burger shop, “MJ Burgerlicious”, offered a wide range of premium quality gourmet burgers and all day breakfasts.

Ms Jackson said the shop, which officially opened in September 2016 at the rear of the hotel, had already received a “very positive response” from the community.

“Following the closure of our adjacent bottle shop, we wanted to fully utilise the space and so we decided that a gourmet burger joint would be the best fit for both the business and the community, as there is nothing similar in the area,” she said.

“MJ Burgerlicious offers everything from a classic burger and BLT to a Thai salmon burger, pulled pork burger and chicken mignon burger, and all meals are also available behind the bar in the main hotel.

“Our most popular has been the ‘hell fire’ burger, which customers have rated an eight out of 10 on the ‘hotness’ scale and 10 out of 10 for taste.

“All our mince is ground on the premises, so we can ensure customers receive 100 per cent meat with no fillers or preservatives.

“We have also built quite a reputation on our range of hot chips, which include cheesy chips, nacho chips, chippie con carne and crispy bacon cheesy chips.”

Special combos include a kid’s meal for $7.90, a classic meal for $12 and the kahuna meal for $13 – all of which include a burger, fries and drink.

MJ Burgerlicious also offers an after-school special, which includes a hotdog and milkshake for $6 and cheesy chips and a drink for $5.

On Saturdays, customers can also receive a $2 children’s meal with every full-priced adult’s meal.

Alongside the gourmet burger shop, the Moonah Hotel has also welcomed a modernised dining area and bistro menu.

The upgraded dining space features new tables, chairs and lighting, as well as a fresh paint job and a brand new gas heater.

Head chef Wayne Lang said the dining room atmosphere was now a lot brighter and comfier, offering a much more modern feel.

Mr Lang said the upgrades to the menu provided point of difference that enabled the bistro to stay ahead of the competition.

“Moonah is continually growing and we wanted to be able to compete with the different varieties of cuisines that are now available in the area,” he said.

“Although traditional pub-style food holds a special place in people’s hearts, we wanted to challenge ourselves and offer a higher quality version of pub cuisine.

“I would now classify our style as Australian modern cuisine, offering the best-quality a la carte- style bistro meals using only local Tasmanian produce.”

The Moonah Hotel bistro offers $17.50 senior meals, including a main course and dessert, $12 bar meals and $10 pizzas that are also available from the hotel bar and lounge bar.

Pizzas are available, both eat in or takeaway, until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

MJ Burgerlicious is open Monday to Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday to Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

The Moonah Hotel bistro is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am-2pm and dinner on Tuesday to Thursday from 5-30pm-8pm and Friday to Saturday 5-30pm-8.30pm.

The Moonah Hotel is located at 99 Main Road, Moonah.

Caption: Moonah Hotel head chef Wayne Lang, left, and sous chef Tyler Zmendak.

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