Leading the way in innovative ways to deliver quality pub meals, Triple Ace Bar manages to eschew having their own bistro by sitting directly under Sydney crab institution - Harry's Chilli Singapore Crab.
They also lease out their former beer garden to House, a Thai restaurant by Surjet Sangkaem who owns the popular Spice I Am restaurants in Balmain, Darlinghurst, and just up the road in Surry Hills.
Expecting a totally unrenovated affair, I smiled to see some Astroturf, blonde wood and Edison light bulbs have crept in.
Plonk yourself at the bar. Order an inexpensive bottle of Tim Knappstein Riesling ($23), drink a glass while you wait for friends, then cap the bottle and wander outside for a ripper Thai meal with an outdoor pub atmosphere.
The menu is mostly Issan food that employs fermented anchovy, fresh chilli and sourness from tamarind; though more recently a few of the gentler Spice I Am favourites have emerged, from Yellow Curry Chicken ($19)...
...to Gaeng Keaw Wan Nua Toun ($19), a green beef curry with apple eggplants and extraordinary depth of flavour.
They go down nicely with a Peroni ($8.10) or an Asahi ($8.10) from their bottled beer selection.
Meaty favourites like Mood Daed Deaw ($8.50) - sun-dried marinated pork strips - make good drinking food...
...against Nam Khao Tod ($19), a spicy, crisped rice salad.
And it just wouldn’t be right to leave without sharing their infamous B.T.S. ($16) dessert...
See a previous review of House here: http://missdissent.livejournal.com/343800.html
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 29th December, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-d
Triple Ace Bar (House)
198 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9211 6888