September 20th, 2011

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - The Abercrombie

After wrestling yet another pub out of the clutches of pokies, pongy carpet and misogynist old men, Bang Gang DJ Jaime Wirth hands ‘em to Melbourne designer, Michael Delany.

Delaney’s got a way of retaining character while delivering a theme – in this case Scottish pub meets American frat-house - saying no to backlit marble, stainless steel and Dyson Airblades; and yes to clutter like boobs, bagpipes and bookshelves.

It’s backed by a commitment to providing value at prices even uni students can afford! Trays of $3 Tacos trek past my table, after depositing a Sailor Jerry Taco ($3) accompanied by an equally well-priced Sailor Jerry with Ginger Beer ($5).

Suspecting the kitchen must be cursing ‘Taco Wednesday’, I show mercy by ordering some extremely delicious Mac and Cheese Balls ($12) instead. Be still my defibrillating heart!

The dainty Scotch Egg Slider ($6) of sausage-wrapped-soft-cooked-quail-egg ain’t likely to prolong life either...

...but it sure is tasty.

After sticking 000 on speed-dial, finish yourself off with a Deep Fried Golden Gaytime ($7) – dessert worth dying for.

Value and youthful exuberance is also obvious behind the bar – try the Berocca-Colada ($13) pre-emptive hangover strike...

...or Rave Juice ($13), the only (legal) fun you can have involving a baggie and a straw.

The Abercrombie
100 Broadway (Cnr. Abercrombie Street), Sydney
Ph: (02) 9280 2178

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Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Brasa Chicken (Annandale)

Home delivery roast chook is this company’s mission, and they’re on a rapidly expanding juggernaut to deliver it all across town. At face value, the idea is appealing: takeaway can often disappoint, and there’s something honest and refreshing about a local barbeque chook shop that plugs into the sweet-spot childhood memories are stored.

Plus, they now deliver, between 5pm and 9pm - this meal came courtesy of the Annandale store. Unwrapping the Whole Free-Range Lilydale Rotisserie Chicken ($16.50) finds a plump and moist bird. These days I make a killer stuffing, so I was fractionally disappointed to not find more interest in the interior.

After the inevitable Jessica Simpson “I don't eat buffalo” moment, the Buffalo Wings ($8.50/5 pack) went down okay. The wings are cooked through and the chook’s nice and juicy, under a crisp layer of well-stuck spice.

Accompanying salads were a mixed bag - though it’s hard to eat someone else’s Potato Salad ($7.50/med) and Coleslaw ($7.50/med) without (unfair) comparisons.

I tried the Greek ($5.50/small)...

...but the Avocado and Bean Salad ($5.50/small) was definitely my winner.

I’d probably pay the $5.95 (delivery fee) sometimes to avoid the guilt of pizza – I’d just include some Roast (Chat) Potatoes ($9.50/large) to satisfy the carb-craving instead.

Brasa Chicken
12 Booth Street, Annandale
Ph: (1300) 433 199

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