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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Ashfield Hotel, Ashfield

Located on busy Liverpool Road, the Ashfield Hotel has its fair share of blue collar workers, local teenagers and blow-in yuppies. We've been to the Ashfield Hotel a few times for half-price cocktail nights and even a private function, which was held in the bar upstairs.

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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Ashfield Hotel
204 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Tel: 02 9798 6520

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 1/04/2005 10:42:00 pm


  • At 1/07/2005 9:57 am, Blogger Ben said…

    Good review. I was wondering though, do you think that pub food is getting too expensive (with the exception of the execrable $7 steak)? I can understand the prices being driven up in town - but when pub grub starts at $15 in the 'burbs it seems a bit out of control. I thought the point of pub food was to keep you there to drink. I blame the Rose of Australia which seems to have made a decision a few years ago to stop being a pub and to become a restaurant.

    Surely it's one or the other - you can't be all things to all people!

  • At 1/08/2005 6:41 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi BHR - Actually I think pub grub has upgraded itself in order to compete with the myriad of cheap restaurants and to become more commercially viable in the long-term. Australian palates are also becoming more refined and complex--and besides, isn't everyone a foodie these days? :)

    I think the demographics of pub patrons is changing in many areas--people are drinking less, more health-conscious and pickier eaters.

    I see your point about dirt cheap grub no longer available, but I s'pose that's why they still have chips available by the bowl!

  • At 1/10/2005 12:30 pm, Blogger Ben said…

    Yeah - fair point. I'll get over it. Interestingly I was out at Windsor the other day and the pub I ate at sold a hamburger and chips for less than a bowl of wedges - definitely my kind of place.

  • At 1/10/2005 1:38 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi BHR - I s'pose that the current wave of pub-grub affection has meant that the pub bistro has become more of a social destination itself, rather than an add-on service for beer punters.

    And yes, what is it with overpriced wedges?

  • At 1/14/2005 2:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey AG this is a bit of a local for me.
    I've found the food here to be fine, nothing too special but big satisfying meals that in my experience have been served pretty quickly. Just the thing for pub grub (and I really don't begrudge paying $20 for a pub meal in that case).

    The cocktails however leave a little bit to be desired, I've only ever tried them on half price nights when it's very busy and the service is slow but I wouldn't be too keen to pay full price for some of the concoctions I've been served.

    Kirst (posting anonymously as my blogger account is broken !!)

  • At 1/18/2005 1:19 pm, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Hey.. AG.. :)
    As strange as it may sound.. i've never been into Ashfield Hotel.. although i see it often enough.. since i love to eat at Shanghai Night. Thanks for the review.. :)

  • At 1/19/2005 8:22 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Kirst - I agree. Service was fairly quick and they were fairly good value. Cocktails on 1/2 price nights are always slow, and yes, as I recall, some of them weren't that great. The Tutti Frutti was a winner last time I think.

    PS. Welcome to the commenting club! :P

    Hi MrsTweety - Next time you have a hankering for some pub grub you'll have to pop in and check it out! I can't remember if I've eaten at Shanghai Night. I get all the restaurant names mixed up :-)


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