The dining area is to one side of the ground floor and is fairly bistro in outlook, a little more upmarket in offerings. There's a fairly generous array of dishes available, ranging from risotto, barramundi, tandoori chicken salad and your usual snags or fish and chips.
Thai chicken curry with rice $15.00
Swordfish cutlet with a thai rice noodle salad with soy and ginger dressing $19.00
Braised veal osso buco with mashed potato $19.00
Portions here are fairly generous although we were a bit put out that the veal osso buco had knuckles substituted instead, with none of that gelatinous marrow goodness in sight. Isn't that the whole point of ordering osso buco?!? The veal was meltingly tender though but to be honest, as impressive a size as it looked, most of it really was bone. There was plenty of mash though, and most people would struggle to finish this.
The swordfish was reasonable but not entirely swoonworthy. The noodle salad had a sweet soy dressing which was tasty and likely to be very do-able at home (must remember that for the next dinner party).
The chicken curry was agreeable on all counts. Tender, tasty and just enough heat for most people.
We found the acoustics a little jarring with minimal insulation resulting in shouted conversations. There is some booth seating available in the carpeted area which is probably a little quieter and more intimate, but this is limited.
Overall: decent pub grub for a quick local reliable feed.
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204 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Tel: 02 9798 6520
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