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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Forresters, Surry Hills

The $5 steak seems to be cropping up everywhere. Get them in with the promise of a cheap feed and hopefully they'll loiter over drinks, seems to be the marketing strategy.

We inexplicably ended up at the legendary Forresters, where the steak and mash is a mere $5, nay, $4 if you join up as a member online beforehand.

Steak with mashed potatoes and gravy $5.00 ($4.00 for members)

In an inspired flash of gastronomic astuteness, I had my steak rare rather than the usual medium rare. Alas, a $5 steak is still a $5 steak.

Having said that, the accompanying enormous quantity of (average) mashed potato would surely satiate any starving sumo wrestler. For a handful of change, this is incredible value.

And Forresters wasn't short of any patrons either. The place was jam-packed with large group bookings and a motley assortment of businessworkers, students and yuppies. There is significant space devoted to dining and tables, and upstairs a warren of pokey rooms confuse the stumbling drinker in search of the bathrooms.

There are a number of other (more expensive) dishes available including kangaroo risotto, linguini with feta and olives and typical pub grub like beef and guinness pie. One suspects that it's the $5 specials which are the main drawcard though, and for the hungry beer-drinker, a $5 steak is just too good a deal to pass up.

336 Riley Street, Surry Hills
Tel: 02 9281 1494
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posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2004 11:55:00 pm


  • At 2/14/2005 10:49 am, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    hey AG
    I had meant to put up a post about Forrester a long time ago. We did find the steak done with various consistency. A friend ordered rare and it came up as medium rare. Sometimes it's vice versa. We had to do a couple of check-run to be sure we didnt grab someone else's steak! I really should put the post up. It's already 1 year late!

  • At 11/11/2005 2:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've found that it's ok for a $5 steak. However the quality and cooking leave a lot to be desired (even for a fiver).

    Strawberry Hills is probably the best in this space, and it's open until 3am.


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