I dined at another pub recently - Mine, the upstairs (level one) bistro at Pyrmont's Quarryman's Hotel. The hotel is a family run, unrestored pub that has a certain charm and honesty.
The quiet upstairs bistro is spacious and full of comfy red banquettes; topped with an original pressed tin ceiling. Without the usual pub noise, it’s a great place for a quick meal and catch-up – the neighbouring table had three women in corporate garb, but beyond that and another couple, the space was empty.
A recent menu change sees low prices for large serves of honest pub grub. If you’re in a drinking mood - and I do recommend you partake in a bottle of the well-priced and lively 2007 Catching Thieves Rose ($30) - why not start with a Garlic Bread ($3.50)?
Or perhaps a bowl of Smoky BBQ Chicken Wings ($8/small, $12/large)? The bowl above is a small serve, and it had a great smoky BBQ sauce.
While I dined in the bistro space, you can of course enjoy the food anywhere in the pub. For mains, pride of the bistro is the Rump Steak ($10) - a large, grain-fed offering accompanied by their great chips, or vegetables and mash, with your choice of sauce. The only hiccup of our meal was that we received Diane sauce instead of the requested pepper sauce.
We also enjoyed the whopping Chicken Schnitzel ($13) with great beer-battered chips and a mayo-dressed salad.
When I looked at the menu, I thought dessert was comparatively expensive. However the massive serve of Bread and Butter Pudding ($8) is seriously more than enough for two people - best take a friend!
Happy hour (4-6pm) sees local wine and beer drop to $3, local sparkling wine is $2. For those with children, they are welcome in the hotel so long as they are supervised by you. The bistro is open from 11am-9pm.
Mine, Quarryman's Hotel
216 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9660 4520