If you’re looking for a low-stress, affordable first date option, I recommend this quirky space. For the bargain price of $25 you get something good to eat, a drink to settle the nerves and a show to entertain you if your date isn’t quite up to par. Nothing quite reveals the character of a person like their response to fringe theatre.
Pay at box office, then wander this quaint, friendly pub gathering supplies. The deal includes a chicken, vegetable or bean curd (tofu) laksa and a local tap beer. If you prefer more exotic beer, use your coupon to receive $2.10 off a beer of your choice. Redeem the second voucher at the small kitchen, then wait in the adjoining fresh air dining room (slightly sullied by nearby smokers). It’s a back to basics laksa, but the basics are good. Both the chicken and the tofu proved to be satisfying steaming bowls of nicely flavoured soup, with enough heat to make your lips tingle.
Round out any corners with an even better platter of Roti Canai ($12), the three nicely cooked roti breads came presented with a small bowl of sweet Malay coconut curry for dipping, and a fresh little salad. Affordable food, fun, fringe and a fermented beverage!
The play I saw was called Miriam and the Monkfish. You can read my review in the City Hub (July 2009) - not my usual genre of reviewing but it was fun to do anyway!
Old Fitzroy Hotel
Corner Cathedral Street & Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
Ph: (1300) 438 849