The front bar of Newtown’s Botany View Hotel felt a bit like a scene from Cheers. For the locals, it’s clearly a place where everybody knows your name.
Drink specials abound: from ten-buck Aperol Spritzes “all day every day”, to twelve-buck jugs of mainstream beers, or a bottled selection of craftier options.
We opt for a quirky foursome of Absolut Vodka ($25/4) mixes, let down by Absolut Vanilionaire being made without the full set of ingredients.
As an everyday local, it’s nice to see specials like the Whopper and Schooner ($18) offering up a post-work burger and beverage every Monday to Wednesday evening after five.
When it comes to the rest of the menu put out by Darley Street Bistro, the regulars are divided; with one telling me: “it’s a bit over-rated, they put too many things on the plate,” while others swear by it.
Finding Goat Curry Lumbini Style ($22) had already sold out, I settled for Greek Style Chicken Breast ($23) with skordalia, feta, oregano, tangy mash and a well-dressed tomato and cucumber salad.
It was beaten by Beef Fillet ($31), bacon and thyme hash-brown, eschallot puree, wilted garlic spinach, truffle brisket croquette and an over-reduced jus.
Okay, so it’s not perfect, but you don’t have to do the washing up…
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK segment on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 16th March, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-march-16
Botany View Hotel
597 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9519 4501