February 17th, 2013

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - The Animal (The Newtown Hotel)


Snaffling a table on the coveted balcony, I take in the streetscape that’s inspired fan pages like My Love Affair With Newtown.

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Truth be told, I’ve got my own slew of memories in this venue, but the new Keith Richards Coconut Incident ($18) melds with them nicely. (Blue drinks slugged from bottles never tasted this fine when I was a teenager.)


The placemat-come-menu reveals it’s sharing dishes - a Porteño for poor folk (or those that hate queuing) - though there’s a decidedly Greek twist. Which definitely points to lamb - Coal Roasted Suckling Lamb ($20) to be exact - set off by...


...a moist side of Watermelon, Fetta and Mint ($14).


Actually we hedge our bets by also ordering a complete meal for one - the Beef Tri Tip Skewer ($18) – which impresses with grilled, house-made flat bread, and a ripper tzatziki, that’d do well to be included with the aforementioned lamb as standard: hint, hint!

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It’s the kind of food that demands beer, so we share a Moylans Tipperary Pale Ale ($21/660ml) - a bittersweet symphony that lasts well into...


...our compelling bowl of ‘Backyard’ Lemon Roasted Spuds ($10).

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Happy endings here are made of sharp Matso’s Ginger Beer ($9.50) against syrupy sweet Baklava Rolls ($13). Downstairs the pub is jumping!


*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 7th July, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-july-7

The Animal
Level 1, The Newtown Hotel, 174 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9557 6399

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