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Review - Strawberry Hills Hotel

Restaurants should be afraid when local pubs like this recently refurbished beauty, can offer up heaving plates of good quality, nicely-cooked produce with provenance listed on the menu, for under fifteen bucks!

The best dish I ate was a set of Tuscan Pork and Truffle Sausages ($12.50) - made using Bangalow Sweet Pork and Tuscan summer truffles - set on creamy mash with caramelised onion and red wine jus.

For the princely sum of fifteen bucks you can also enjoy a pair of well-rendered Duck Marylands in Asian Sauce ($15);

...or a decent slab of Twice Cooked Pork Belly ($15) with nice little tatties, braised cabbage and a thick demi-glace that failed to unite the dish – it’s worth ordering regardless.

A passing platter bearing 600 Day Grain Fed Cabassi & Rea Farm Wagyu Steak ($15) had me wishing I could fit in second dinner. I blame the basket of Salt and Pepper Squid ($15)!

It’s nice to see locals giving the six million dollar renovation the thumbs up after an eighteen-month closure that sensitively retains the classic Aussie pub feel downstairs, with a rather spiffy air-conditioned star-lit deck upstairs.

It's perfect for knocking back jugs of Pimms Coolie ($25); but if you order my coveted steak, throw in a glass of Aerins Vineyard GSM ($7/glass) - it’s an affable quaffer.

Strawberry Hills Hotel
452 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9699 3355

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Jan. 2nd, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
strawberry hills
went for dinner tonight...the wagyu was a chewy piece of skirt steak that didn't taste as good as the non-wagyu cheap skirt steak I cook at home. nice truffle oil flavoured mash though...and everyone else was happy with their meals for that price. will return but not for the so called wagyu
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: strawberry hills
I guess my order envy was misplaced then! Thanks for the report back!
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Jan. 10th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
It was good! Apparently they also own The Shakespeare Hotel, and there they do good food capped at $10!
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
Pork belly was brilliant
So impressed with the twice cooked pork belly. That was delicious!!!
Best meal I've had there ever!
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: Pork belly was brilliant
Great to hear!
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