MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,

Review - Quarrymans Hotel

While the outward facelift hadn’t attracted my attention, the steampunk interior of this Pyrmont stalwart certainly made me smile.

From a boilerplate bar, to repurposed materials like cracked leather stools and a railway signboard listing their two dozen on-tap craft brews, it was hard to take it all in!

Pausing for an easy-drinking Grainfed Brewing Co. Sneaky One ($5.50/reg) under the neon blue glow...

...of an Insect-O-Cutor style sign...

...I surveyed lime-washed walls, softly distressed window frames, hipster aprons and Edison light bulbs dangling from pressed tin ceilings.

I know, I know… but somehow here it avoids looking like a cliché; backed up by countless nooks and crannies...

...well-disguised gaming, and outdoor spaces from courtyards to balconies to a rooftop barbeque.

The Drunken Fish, the first floor dining space, offers up surprisingly tasty small plates...

...like Confit Chicken Wings ($14) on blackened corn, or the more substantial...

...Berkshire Pork Belly ($14) decked out with cider stewed apples, blue cheese, fresh pear and raspberry vinegar pearls.

Portion sizes fluctuate, though a smallish Prawn Pot ($13) “share plate” does furnish you with a creamy chipotle sauce that...

...goes with everything from Greens and Almonds ($8) to...

...a well-cooked Pan-Fried Snapper ($28) main on kipflers, chorizo, corn and pickled jalapenos.

And if Nail Brewing’s Rick Disnick ($6.50/reg) strawberry wheat beer is still on, you need it to live.

*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK segment on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 23rd March, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-march-23

Quarrymans Hotel
214-216 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9660 0560

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