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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Paddy Maguires, Haymarket

fillet steak with peppercorn sauce, chips and salad
Fillet steak with chips and salad $22.00

I love pub grub.

The best pub grub is usually found in nondescript watering holes with a sighing barman and a dour-faced cook sneaking a ciggie out the back. Some of my favourite meals have been in pubs, especially in England and Ireland, where stodgy comfort food is the one redeeming joy for invariably inclement weather.

In Sydney, as in all cities around the world, Irish-themed pubs abound, although our mild temperatures and cafe culture mean we don't get the cosy comfy lounges, the open crackling fireplaces or evocative landscape paintings on the walls.

Chicken Caesar salad
Caesar salad with chicken $14.00

Paddy Maguires in Sydney's Haymarket merges elements of Irish cosiness with Aussie practicality. It's central location means it's popular with backpackers, university students, public servants and officer workers. It's a chain pub, but the food is fairly reasonable, the servings are generous and there's plenty of seating both in- and outdoors.

I was happy with my steak, chips and salad the other day--happier still because I had actually ordered (and paid for) a steak sandwich. A $22 lunch for $14 was a value meal indeed!

Chicken Caesar was scoffed down by my lunchtime companion with visible glee. After enduring a month of American Caesars with plastic Parmesan, buckets of dressing and no egg to be seen, I was almost tempted to dig a fork in myself.

But I had my own hunk of meat to attend to, a meal so generous I couldn't even finish it. Now that is serious.

There's a selection of imported beers on tap: Guinness, Kilkenny, Speight's, Stella Artois, Kronenburg 1664 and Bulmer's Cider. We've had some issues with the Guinness not being poured properly but a selection of ales (James Squire Amber and Golden ales on tap, and VB Original and Newcastle Brown bottled) usually offer sufficient distraction.

rare fillet steak with peppercorn sauce, chips and salad

Paddy Maguires
Corner George and Hay Streets, Haymarket, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9212 2111

Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 1am
Friday - Saturday 9.30am - 3am
Sunday - 9.30am - 12midnight

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5 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 2/23/2006 11:57:00 pm


  • At 2/24/2006 2:46 am, Blogger Cat said…

    ooo that chicken salad is making me drooool

  • At 2/24/2006 6:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    First off, I am starting the challenge off quite nicely. Thanks for the tap! :-)

    Secondly, in reference to that delicious Caesar salad I just saw... Do you have a "good" recipe for a nice, mild Caesar-ish dressing? Every Caesar dressing I've had is either toooooo garlic-y, or to "watered down" & bland.

    Any ideas...? I am lucky that I come to your site after lunch... :-)

  • At 2/24/2006 7:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, okay, you've convinced me. PM's is just round the corner from where i live, and i'd been unsure about whether or not to visit. But seeing as they have Caesar salad... Done! I may pop in on the weekend.

  • At 2/24/2006 4:27 pm, Blogger Reb said…

    Nice bit of meat AG - what was the sauce on it?

    Oseary - I have a nice Delia Smith recipe for Caesar dressing - it's very mild and zingy: 1 egg, 1 garlic clove, juice of one lime, 1tsp mustard powder, 1/2 tsp worcester sauce, 2 anchovy fillets. Blitz in food processor and gradually pour in 150 mls light olive oil with the motor running. Let stand for an hour before using. Hope AG doesn't mind me handing out recipes on GYF :)

  • At 2/24/2006 8:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you like steak may i suggest a sirloin steak with red wine sauce an a side of chips at the Grill Bar in the David Jones FoodHall,yum,yum,yum.


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