Ned Kelly's Last Stand!


One evening last week, after enduring the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui's hectic streets for a few hours, my friend and I strolled up Ashley Road looking for somewhere nice and relaxing to have dinner. There's quite a varied selection of bars and restaurants up this way now, but one place seemed to stand out from the rest - Ned Kelly's Last Stand!
From the outside, it seemed so warm and inviting that we couldn't resist choosing it. Once inside, we weren't disappointed. Ned Kelly's is very much a traditional pub and eatery. Something of a TST icon, the antique wooden furniture and cozy ambiance have been attracting locals and tourists alike to drink and dine there for the last 34 years. Named after Australia's most notorious outlaw, there's nothing criminal about the service in Ned's, as we were taken care of splendidly by the friendly and a tentative staff.

Being very spacious inside, we easily found a comfortable table to rest our weary legs. We were brought the menus, and soon realized that we were spoiled for choice. There's a great selection of beverages to keep you happy no matter what your favorite tipple might be, and hearty Australian pub fare to choose from, such as the Meat Pies, the WOOLLOOMOOLOO STEAK SANDWICH (Australian Sirloin Steak dressed in spices & served on a French Roll) and the BONDI BARBECUE (Sirloin Steak with Potato Salad, mixed garden greens, cottage cheese and egg slices). It's not just Aussie tucker that's on offer though, there's many a delicious favorite from other parts of the world too, like the IRISH STEW, COTTAGE PIE and CURRY! My companion ordered the BANGERS N' MASH, a dish that has definite pommy roots. When it arrived at the table, we were impressed at not just the generous portions: The pork sausages were thick and juicy, and tasted heavenly with the creamy mashed potatoes and veggies. It came with bread too, which she used to get at the last of the tasty onion gravy as she wiped her plate clean.
For myself, I ordered the GUNDAGAI TUCKERBOX. This is a tender Chicken Fillet topped with crisp bacon, melted cheese and a tangy BBQ sauce, served hot in a fresh French Roll. Great with a beer, I can tell you! The plate it came on was overflowing with huge chips, made just the way they should be - Crisp on the outside, fluffy inside.
By the time we'd scoffed the lot, we were both stuffed. I noticed that the place had become packed, and the atmosphere more charged in anticipation. Just then, a band took to the stage and proceeded to play a fantastic Jazz set. I later found out that they have free live Dixieland Jazz nightly at Ned's every evening from 9.00pm 'till 1.00am. As the drinks flowed, we enjoyed the heart-warming music until it was time for us both to go home. We'd certainly had a fabulous evening of food and entertainment there.
If it's simple wholesome grub, top class drinks and outstanding live jazz you're after, then step into Ned Kelly's, it's "Ripper"!

- Andrew Rogers, info@expatjournal.com.hk

Ned Kelly’ Last Stand (Since 1972)
11A, Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Tel: 2376 0562