Reverence Hotel, 28 Napier St, Footscray. Phone: 9687 2111
Just as with the now posh Station Hotel across the road, we never set foot inside the Reverence in its previous life.
Perhaps unfairly, we always had it stereotypically tagged as what a friend refers to as a “sooper dooper old man’s pub”.
Although, and as with preconceptions of another pub still standing up the road in Hopkins St, we figure you could throw in a few bikies and crims just for good demographic measure.
All that’s changed – and how – at the Reverence these days.
It’s a two-room music venue of high repute, though I suspect most of the music would be too much of a grinding, noise variety for me even when I’m in my most grungy moods.
But there’s food and more, too, with an accent on Mexican and pizzas.
A big crowd is building for the Tuesday night trivia bash.
There’s a pleasant beer garden out back.
But most folks, including a lot of family groups, are just like me and here for the Tuesday $3 tacos.
Taco night means ONLY tacos, so sadly I am unable, on this first visit, to try more wide-ranging items from the menu, which you can check out at the pub’s fine website here.
So I order three of the four taco options available – chicken, chilli con carne and bean.
Tofu taco? No way!
However, so sensational, so delicious are my tacos that not only do I struggle to resist the temptation to order another platter but I also feel sure next time around I’ll be ordering the tofu number just for the heck of it.
My tacos are topped with plentiful coriander, shredded red cabbage, a little red capsicum, corn and lime mayo, each taco dressed a little differently.
I anoint each one with some of the salsa provided and a hefty dollop from one of the variety of hot sauces on hand.
They’re all great, but if anything the bean number is the highlight.
After my crash hot dinner, I enjoy another wander around – it’ a surprise and a delight. There’s many different rooms and spaces.
I meet ardent Consider The Sauce fan Lousie.
We talk food a bit but mostly about books and reading.
I leave her to finish the final 20 or so pages of Anna Karenina.
Tuesday tacos are served from 6pm to 9pm. By the time I split, at about 7pm, the bar queue to order them is longish, so an early arrival would seem advisable.