June 5th, 2008

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Mine, Quarryman's Hotel

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

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Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

MUST SEE SHOW - Branch Nebula's Paradise City

Last night we braved the rain (with a little grumbling from me) to go to see Branch Nebula's Paradise City at Carriageworks. We had a quick bite to eat at the Newtown Guzman Y Gomez which was by far the best fast-food Mexican I have tried to date. I ate a chilli so hot, my mouth felt like it blistered!

The show was amazing... in my imagination the premise was imagine a Newtown share-house having their water supply spiked with crack cocaine... see what ensues until the drugs wear off. The cast is a shit-hot collection of disparate artists... a BMX bike rider, a skateboarder, a dancer, a singer, an acrobat and a break-dancer. They don't always play nicely with each other.

They use stuff you'd find in an urban wasteland like road barricades (and skateboard ramps) to play. Sometimes the drugs make them aggressive - throwing barricades to knock the biker off his bike.

It was great to see bmx biking and skateboarding raised to high art - I loved the way they used the dancer to have a strange (but excellent) pas de deux with both of them, widening the dance art form to embrace both biking and skateboarding.

Whilst all performers were strong (Inga Liljestrom as the singer, and Simon O'Brien as the biker in particular), the show was stolen by the sexy Alex Harrison (Legs on the Wall). Her tightly muscled arms, and tree-trunk thighs were hot, but her attitude was even hotter. The scene where she's a dyke-y kleptomaniac stealing the clothes off a still singing Inga Liljestrom had me in stitches... watching her use the fluffy white jacket to slide down the skateboard ramp was piss-funny.

If you are keen to go, you will need to hurry - show ends on the 7th June, 2008. It's playing Mon - Sat 8pm at 8pm, and there is a Sat afternoon show at 5pm. Tickets are $30 adults, $20 concession, and there are four remaining shows. Buy them here: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/1216703?brand=carriageworks