$10 gourmet burgers are a rarity in Sydney, but head on over to Parlour Burger (next to The Morrison) and you’ll find 5 tasty versions on the menu!
The Oaks Hotel is a favourite among locals, offering a true steakhouse experience with an in house butcher, a huge range of steak cuts and even the option to master your own meal at the cook-your-own steak station. They’ve also recently added the Tomahawk Steak to the menu, which is one of the largest steak cuts (averaging 1.8kg per serving). I may have lost my mind today as I decided to step up to the challenge of eating it.
Sydney’s pubs have been upping their game of late and the French gastropub Le Pub is a fine example of what’s on offer these days. The dual entrances to Le Pub are marked by chic tiled signs in white, red and black and once you descend down the stairs into the pub, you’ll see that it’s split into 2 main areas – a bar section with stools and high tables and a proper dine in restaurant section. It’s rather dark in Le Pub since it is underground after all, but they’ve done a great job creating some ambience in the restaurant area with a patterned light feature on the ceiling and funky Scrabble like black/ivory tiles on the walls spelling out Frenchy words like “croissant”.
The Bristol Arms Hotel recently got a new makeover, including the Bristol Kitchen on the lower floor and the Bristol Rooftop Bar, overlooking the harbour at neighbouring King Street Wharf. We pay a visit to the lower kitchen for dinner tonight, which is full of colourful chairs and reminds me of a school cafeteria.
Nestled away just around the corner from George Street is 30 Knots, another Merivale eatery that is extremely convenient but not particularly well known. It sits up on the upper levels of The Grand Hotel and seems much busier now than a couple months back when I first visited.