We checked out Equilibrium Hotel, a blokily trendy bar in World Square. It has a masculine feel with leather-look seating, enormously high-backed booths, lipstick red chairs and a splattering of chrome. Pressed metal ceilings provide some decorative relief, although the most eye-catching feature is probably the battalion of 64 beers on tap behind the bar.
A late lunch means the suits have all come and gone by the time we arrive. Even better is the menu of $10 specials--there are ten different options which come with either a glass of house wine or beer. Bargain!
Beer battered fish and chips
with lemon aioli and rocket salad
Thai chicken salad
with mixed greens, crisp julienne vegetables, coriander,
lemongrass and a lime and coconut dressing
tube pasta with chicken, mushroom and thyme in a light creamy sauce
Roasted vegetables, cous cous, mixed greens and raisins
with a white wine vinaigrette dressing
The food is all fairly reasonable for the price tag. The pasta is a little lacking in flavour and the roasted vegetables in the Equilibrium salad look like they came out of a jar. But the fish and chips look impressive, and the rocket salad comes with a thin slice of real parmesan cheese.
The Thai chicken salad is the runaway winner for the day though. Plenty of chicken, general handfuls of coriander and mint, all dressed in tongue-tingling fresh flavours of lime juice and lemongrass with a hint of creamy coconut.
World Square, Levels 8-11
680 George St, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8272 2400
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