"He was smoking, I was eating and racking..."
Okay, overheard Eastern Suburbs conversations up on the "hidden" rooftop terrace with the epic view have a certain ruling class blasé about them… but you should hike up all those stairs and check it out anyway.
Break your journey with a drink in the eye-catching red and black Elephant Bar - well unless you find the Ascham School parents monopolising it too...
Afterwards, park in the white, salon-style bistro - it’s the work of BKH Architects who kitted out China Doll and Manly’s China Beach.
While craft beer choices are limited - best I could find being James Squire One Fifty Lashes ($8.00/schooner) - this is the only pub where I’ve enjoyed Grant Burge ‘Holy Trinity’ ($15) by the glass.
The chairs are comfortable - sinking into one inclined me to skip burgers, steaks and schnitzel for a grazing meal. After downing a dozen Natural Oysters ($30) I tackled the sharing plates, available in multiples of 1($10), 3 ($25) and 5 ($40).
Duck Pancakes ($10) and Sizzling Garlic Prawns ($10) were favourites.
Grilled Haloumi ($10) isn’t bad either, in fact visiting vegetarians will find smart salads and Grilled Field Mushrooms ($10) and Zucchini Fritters ($10). Slight hiccup: the last two were under-cooked on the night I dined.
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 8th December, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-december-8
The Royal Hotel
237 Glenmore Road, Paddington
Ph: (02) 9331 2604