With an illustrated menu depicting every tourist’s fantasy of Sydney – the golden sands of Bondi Beach parked right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge – this historic hotel is obviously keen to woo international visitors.
They offer up the chance to eat Saltwater Crocodile Pizza ($19.50/$25.90) in an Australian locale where it’s unlikely to be trying to eat you first!
I was sorely tempted; but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to eat the Coat of Arms ($19.90/$25.90) - a plump pizza bearing both emu and kangaroo, which leans more toward gourmet than Italian.
In the drinks, you’ll find an all-Australian selection of wine and beer; and with craft brew fever gripping this city, that’s a wide selection indeed!
You’d be best to explore them in the Aussie Beer Experience ($14), a paddle bearing five unique brews.
My favourites were the Feral Hop Hog; Murray’s Angry Man Pale; and Byron Bay Pale Lager, which may become my light summer quaffing beer.
To make selecting easier, every menu item – from the popular Roast Pork Belly Pizza ($17.90/$23.90) with crackling, to the hearty Beef and Bock Pot Pie ($18.90) with chips and salad – is matched to a beer.
Actually, bugger leaving it to the tourists: this egalitarian, hundred-year-old hotel offers up something we’d all enjoy!
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 13th October, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-o