A working-class pub with a feminine touch: this Rozelle ‘local’ had a suffrage movement makeover. I dived into the Soft Shell Tacos ($20/4) choosing chicken, beef, fish and lamb, but wanting more. Mental note: aim for Taco Tuesday when they’re a mere $3 each. They’re fresh, open and look like a floral median strip waiting to be demolished. Reach for the Salsa Picante (which literally means ‘to sting’) for a true taste of South-East Mexico. And washed down with a Hahn Superdry ($5.20) for that fire-blanket in your mouth experience. The Thai Beef Salad ($17.50) is a pyramid of flavour with succulent, rare beef slices stacked with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slithers, chilli and peanuts. For something off the beaten track (most likely off the Texas Turnpike) I tried the Deep Fried Pickles with Ranch Sauce ($9). Ugly food that is surprisingly tasty – although it will probably fade into the ‘where are they now’ food group where deep-fried Camembert and Mars disappeared. If the menu is sounding familiar it’s because it’s the same brains behind the uber-trendy Norfolk in Surry Hills. I dare say this is their less popular cousin, but with its stunning outdoor atrium and chilled patrons, it could stand the test of times.
68 Victoria Road, Rozelle
Ph: (02) 9555 1900