Where: 221 Barkly St St Kilda
When: Tues-Fri 5pm-Late, Weekends 12pm-Late
Contact: 1300 274 227
Nostalgic: The view from our table
What’s the perfect rock food? Why it’s chunky, oily, char-grilled meat of course. Argentinean BBQ is no doubt going to be big in Melbourne and Pure Pop Records in St Kilda are right on trend, serving up a limited menu of meaty treats in their hole-in-the-wall BBQ out the back of the record shop. While it may feel a little weird walking into a record shop looking for a meal, it is somewhat comforting to sit amongst the old vinyl with that sort of musty library smell and browse the covers while you wait. When we showed up for a mid-week dinner, quirky old blues was wafting around the room. This was soon switched off when a band started up out the back (you can eat out there too, although there’s not much in the way of seating). The volume was gig-level loud, as it tunnelled through the record store. Great if you’re here for the band, not so great if you’d like to hear yourself think. And I wasn’t much a fan of the blues band and their fake American accents.
Mixed grill ($22)
Looking at the menu I wished I’d come for the lunch special, Chorizo sandwich and a pot of beer for $8 sounded like a great deal. For dinner, the menu offers things like chorizo, chicken wings, beef ribs or a mixed grill for a taste of everything. Apparently there’re alternative muchies for vegetarians also. We settled on the mixed grill ($22) and planned to share it. When it arrived we were disappointed to find it was actually a meal for one, deceptive for such a high price tag. The chicken and the ribs both had a lemony, garlic dressing which was pretty zingy and nice. The leafy salad was generously dressed in a similar flavour palate. The chorizo I’m sad to say was more plain sausage than flavourful, spicy Argentinean. Chewing through the ribs was a feat indeed; I practically gave up in the end as the meat was so rough. Unfortunately we ended up running next door to Mr Natural’s Vegetarian Pizza to fill up our tummies.
While I certainly wouldn’t be too fussy ordering the odd chicken wing while watching a band out the back, Pure Pop’s general dining experience is pretty average. Essentially they’re a cute record store and a bar, let’s just leave it there.