With a reputation for being one of the North Shore’s only late night venues where you can get a decent feed after a flick at the Hayden Orpheum, you’ll be pleased to note the newly renovated hotel...
- which is subtly masculine without being alienating to women - kept the 1am kitchen.
Publican Anthony Brady tells me value for money is very important: “We want people to like this place.”
He’s clearly proud of the menu by new chef, Robert Oey (who spent time at Est.).
Oey doesn’t forget it’s a pub, but notches up the standards, delivering a well-rendered Caramelised Pork Belly ($25) with Asian ‘slaw...
...Crisp School Prawns ($10) that won’t damage your mouth; and a great rendition of...
...Chicken Liver Pate ($11) with house-made chutney.
Even the ham on his juicy Minskys Burger ($18) is house-smoked.
Bar industry heavyweight Jason Crawley has put together a smart, underpriced cocktail list.
The Salted Coconut Espresso Martini ($14) won me, while the Spiced Honey Apple Whisky Sour ($14) wooed my dining companion.
Wine’s actually where it’s at - what with an Enomatic wine pouring system and charismatic bartender Liv, who’ll happily tell ladies who walk in after work and slump at the bar: “You need a big glass!”
Try the Pichot Vouvray Sec ($13/150ml glass, $21/225ml glass)…
287 Military Road, Cremorne
Ph: (02) 9909 8888
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 19th January, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-january-19