The Fox Hotel sits on the corner of Alexandra parade and Wellington street and I must have driven past it so many times and never really registered its presence.
With a wooden bar, exposed brick walls and high tables, the Fox is old school, in a good way, but also funky. There are artefacts everywhere and it is one of those places where everyone is welcome and made to feel comfortable.
KB2 and I arrived within minutes of each other and settled into the front bar for a drink and a chat while waiting for KB1.
We then moved into one of the dining areas for a bite to eat.
The menu at the Fox is fantastic, so many options, including a great range of vegetarian dishes.
Ordering is done at the bar, and can I say, the girls behind the bar are so lovely, down to earth and genuinely friendly.
We kicked things off with a serve of the vegetarian spring rolls with lettuce, Vietnamese mint and dipping sauce, and the homemade mushroom and tofu gyozas with dipping sauce.
Both were great and I would definitely order the gyozas again.
For main course, KB1 had the mushroom, quinoa and pine nut burger with spinach, beetroot relish, caramelised onion, sprouts, cheese and chips. And KB2 had the Fox Chicken Parma with bacon, Napoli and two cheeses served with chips and salad.
Photos of these dishes were too blurry to post (you think I would have worked my camera out by now) but both girls were more than happy with their meals with KB2 saying the parma was one of the best she has had.
I had the Pulled Pork roll with bacon, cheese, coleslaw, pickle and chipotle sauce with chips, except I wanted the gluten free version. I was told that this meant they just did all the components without the bread. Fine with me!
So there is pulled pork under all that coleslaw, trust me! And it was pretty good too!
I thought it was a little quiet for a Thursday night but we went for a look in the little courtyard and there were a few people out there, but there was also a set of stairs up to the rooftop. Ah ha! That is where everyone is hiding! There is another dining area on the roof and it was packed. It looked like a great spot to enjoy a meal and a bevvie or three.
So, we were very happy with our meals, staff, ambience etc of the Fox. I was going to suggest it as a regular location for our catch-ups, but about a week after this dinner KB2 left her place of employment on Smith street so it (and the surrounding pubs, cafes, restaurants etc) is no longer as convenient as it once was.