Looking in the other direction, you can see the beginning of their cocktail lounge:
For an entree, I chose (and was really quite enamoured with) the Peanut and Blue Cheese Wontons with Raspberry Dipping Sauce ($11) - my dining companion was scared of how intense the Blue Cheese would be, and pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be mild and pleasant. They were quite moreish!
Cocktails, like the Cinnamon and Lychee Mojito ($9.50) were well priced and reasonably inventive - I would have no problem drinking from their list!
For my main, I found it hard to go past the Wagyu Beef Burger ($15) which came with cheese, pineapple, gherkin, a nice barbecue sauce & fries. They used nice quality meat, and it was a quite successful burger.
My dining companion enjoyed a salad of Chargrilled Calamari ($14.50) which was marinated in chilli & lime, and drizzled with a mango dressing.
Later we were joined by the general manager of the hotel, Michael Rigg, who had a salad of Grilled Haloumi $14.50) which was served on cous cous and green beans with maple walnuts.
Perhaps most exciting was the dessert - an innovative Tobacco Infused Panna Cotta ($9.50) which lay under a whisky jelly and sat beside a fruit compot.
The chef is an lovely young New Zealander, and the menu started a couple of weeks ago (on the day I attended actually). It's well worth checking out next time you want reasonably priced food and a beverage or two in Newtown.
Bar Prego at the Marlborough Hotel
145 King St, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9519-1222