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Monday, November 06, 2006

PJ Gallagher's, Drummoyne


After walking for three hours and crossing four bridges during our Seven Bridges Walk, PJ Gallagher's appeared like a glimmering mirage in my peripheral vision.

It didn't take much effort to convince the others it was time for lunch, so we detoured up a side street for some hearty pub grub and a chance to take the weight off our feet.

pj gallaghers interior

The decor of PJ Gallagher's Drummoyne has been shamelessly based on the Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast. Plenty of carved dark timber, stained glass features, in-laid ceilings and seating you sink in to, give it that homey and cosy feel that UK pubs do so well.

It's obvious that a Halloween party had taken place the night before, and the cotton wool cobwebs on the chandeliers look so atmospheric I'm a little saddened when the skulls and lanterns start getting taken down.

But soon I'm distracted by the arrival of our meals.

300gm grain fed New Zealand rump steak $10.00

N had the steak and chips, a rather unadorned meal which looked in need of some greenery. The steak was cooked to medium as requested though.

Chicken and egg noodle stir fry $12.50
Wok-fried chicken with Asian vegetables and egg noodles
in a Thai spiced oyster sauce

C has the chicken and egg noodle stir fry, a combination which is a little heavy on the cabbage to my eye but C is happy enough.

A and I share the fish and chips and the burger: we'd both been privately tossing up between the two and when I realised, A was quickly amenable to going halves in both.

fish and chips
Fish and chips $16.50
Crisp fried tempura whiting in a light crispy batter,
served with home-style chilli aioli, shoe string fries,
lemon and sea salt

The fish batter is a little dark in patches, but the flesh inside is moist and sweet. My favourite half was definitely the burger, which had a thick beef patty and the essential pickled beetroot and gherkin highlights. The onion jam was thick, sweet and tasty too.

burger and chips
PJ's beef burger $12.50
100% premium lean beef pattie, tasty cheese, tomato, juicy beetroot
garden fresh lettuce, gherkins and onion jam.
Served with shoe string fries

We spotted a steak and Guinness pie on a nearby table which looks particularly good, and if I'd had the time to digest it I definitely would have lingered to sample something from the dessert menu which included a chocolate, orange and Guinness cake; orange and gin creme brulee; and a very comforting sounding apple charlotte pudding.

Another time perhaps. Except next time I ain't crossing four bridges beforehand to get to it.

pj gallaghers

PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub
195 Victoria Rd (Cnr Lyons Rd)
Drummoyne, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9181 1229

Mon - Sat 10am - 3am
Sun 12pm - 12am

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6 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2006 09:55:00 pm


  • At 11/07/2006 2:24 am, Blogger Gustad said…

    lean beef!? need more fat!

  • At 11/07/2006 4:43 am, Blogger Yvo Sin said…

    Oh man, it looks really good. Great pictures as always. I am envious that you have all these events (previous post) food festivals and people presenting on said food items... but then I realize that it's summer where you are and winter where I am. Your pictures will have to keep me warm for the next few months... (Although, when it's my turn, I have rarely gone to these events. Oops...)

  • At 11/09/2006 12:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ahhh good pub grub indeed! too bad this one isnt close to uni or i would prob b going there for lunch everyday! and with the steak and chips i prob have to have salad for dinner every night 0_o

  • At 11/09/2006 8:12 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Burger looks so good. I don't know how you continued your walk after that meal

  • At 11/09/2006 1:20 pm, Blogger neil said…

    No, I wouldn't cross four bridges either, though I might cross a river to get there!

  • At 11/12/2006 9:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    update please. i'm checking your blog everyday since this post for new updates but there are none..:(


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