Just what a twenty-first century Australian inner city pub should look like – it’s not embarrassing, it’s not tiled, and it’s not men’s world. In fact the last time I saw this many women in a pub I was judging a lesbian tattoo show!
Dine on the Rozelle renovator back deck writ large where indoor and outdoor neatly dissolve, keeping you nicely shielded from the elements.
The Sumo Salad boys, James Miller and Luke Baylis, have compiled a fresh, interesting menu with lighter options like Caramelised Pumpkin Salad ($14.90) dotted with Bulgarian feta.
It’s supplemented by a Yum Cha menu with mostly well-handled Asian inspired offerings accented by hot, fresh chilli. Standouts are the Japanese Style Crumbed Chicken with Miso Mayo ($12.90)...
...and the Steamed Prawn and Pork Dim Sim ($8/4 pieces); but the...
...house-made Barramundi and Shitake Dumplings ($12.90/6 pieces) warrant a peek.
I was less taken with a bowl of Pork Dumplings ($13.50/6 pieces) in chilli, soy and black vinegar that felt a tad abrasive.
Savvy locals pick their night according to great dining specials. Tuesdays are burger nights, and on the Thursday I dined nearly every table held a mammoth one kilo serve of meaty Baby Back Pork Ribs ($19.90), normally $32.
Ladies with babies enjoy their weekday Ten Buck Lunch overlooking the children’s play penitentiary and the occasional naughty bowl of bonza Ruby Fries ($7). I accompanied my meal with a bottle of Drift Pinot Gris ($37.00).
68 Victoria Road, Rozelle
Ph: (02) 9555 1900