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Friday, August 18, 2006

Chamberlain Hotel, Sydney

chamberlain hotel bar

Since its major refurb a couple of years ago, the Chamberlain Hotel is now resplendent in tones of chrome, dark chocolate and lacquered wood. The food remains low-key pub grub. Orders aren't taken at the bar, but at the separate food service counter at one end of the kitchen.

We place our orders with the friendly server, and as he taps in our dishes and sorts out the change, I relish peeking into the clanging kitchen where pots are being shaken, flames are leaping and tea towels are tossed urgently over shoulders.

prawn skewers
King prawn skewers $14.00
served with rice and stir-fried vegetables

fish and chips
Traditional fish and chips $12.00

grilled fish
Grilled ocean perch with roasted vegetables $15.00

My colleagues are reasonably happy with their dishes but I am ecstatic with mine. My ocean perch is firm and moist and lightly seared to a golden hue.

The king prawn skewers seem a little pricy at $14.00 with only four (barely king-sized) prawns, and the battered fish is apparently somewhat oily.

I receive a number of envious looks towards my plate and it is declared "the winner" of everyone's meals (hurrah, I love having the winning meal). I had noticed my perch fillet (fresh, not frozen) being dusted with flour and sealed in the fry pan. The potatoes too, are soft and fluffy on the inside, slightly crisp and caramelised on the outside.

Most of the menu here is your usual pub grub: chicken burgers, rump steak burgers, fillet steak burgers and fish burgers, join calamari and chips, chicken schnitzel, chicken parmigiana and garlic prawns.

chamberlain hotel
Cafe ate at The Chamberlain Hotel
428 Pitt Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 1929

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 8/18/2006 08:52:00 pm


5 Comments:

  • At 8/20/2006 6:04 pm, Blogger Bex said…

    And on thursday nights they have free manicures for the ladies when you buy a cocktail!

     
  • At 8/20/2006 10:52 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Bex - I saw that in the Sunday paper. What a great idea!

     
  • At 8/21/2006 2:05 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    Thanks for reviewing this place, it could be another local for me as I'm just up the road, and I drive past their manicures and martinis deal every day and wonder what it's like. But I'm loyal to USA Nails at Bondi Junction and won't let anyone else go near my hands and feet!

     
  • At 8/22/2006 6:16 pm, Anonymous Benn said…

    I'd heard that they had a new chef and operation in the kitchen - seems it be the truth.

    A good thing to get rid of the sneering and sleazy fool who was there before... might have to check it again as it could well be considered my local (well one of them!)

     
  • At 8/22/2006 11:10 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Julia - I'm terrible with manicures. I destroy them within 20 minutes! lol

    Hi benn - There were some hits and misses but I was pleased with my grilled fish. It's your standard pub grub fare but I'd be interested to see what you think.

     

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