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Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney

BBQ emu pizza $14.50 small
with Spanish onion, fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatoes

There are few things better than beer and pizza with friends, bathed in a late burst of autumnal sunshine in the bliss of a long weekend.

Crispy bacon pizza $19.50 large
with mushrooms, tomatoes, spanish onions
and tasty cheese

The Australian Heritage Hotel has long been a favourite with locals, office workers and tourists. Standing tall at the triangular intersection of Cumberland and Gloucester Streets, the impressive Federation-style building is lined with outdoor tables. There's a signposted Parlour Room, a bar offering a golden haze of beers and, my favourite, a cubicle in the ladies bathroom that comes complete with plaster statue and antique chest of drawers (an elegant storage area for toilet paper, I discover).

Moroccan lamb pizza $19.50 large
with lemon, garlic, eggplant, goat's cheese,
roasted vegetables and cous cous

We while away a lazy Saturday with an assortment of pizzas smothered in topping. Famous for their kangaroo, emu and saltwater crocodile pizzas, my favourite is actually the roast duck pizza, a delightful ensemble of juicy duck pieces generous with crispy skin.

Baked pumpkin pizza $19 large
with fresh rosemary, garlic, paprika and marinated feta

Not far behind is the seafood devil's pizza, ringed with plump prawns and tender scallops with roe still attached.

Seafood devil's pizza $26.50 large
with smoked salmon, scallops, prawns
and topped with bacon

The pizzas aren't enormous in size (the large pizzas are probably 24cm in diameter?) but this only means a better topping to base ratio. Dr Atkins would approve, and so will your pizza stomach.

Roast duck pizza $19.50 large
with mushroom, Spanish onion, Asian greens,
shallots, sesame seeds and plum sauce

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The Australian Heritage Hotel
100 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9247 2229

Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am-midnight
Sunday 10.30am-10pm

This has been included as an Intrepid Eat on Grab Your Fork's Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists. Read the entire list here.

Related GrabYourFork posts:
The Rocks--Australian Heritage Hotel (Nov08)
The Rocks--Shangri-La Hotel Cafe Mix

Pizza--Big John's Pizza Restaurant, Sans Souci
Pizza--Slice of Crown Darlinghurst
Pizza--Wedgetail Pizza, Newtown
11 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 4/27/2008 11:49:00 pm


  • At 4/28/2008 1:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yum...they look good...shame they don't deliver ; )

  • At 4/28/2008 11:04 am, Blogger OohLookBel said…

    Mmmm, such yummy photos. By the way, how do you know the pizzas are 24cm? I have a mental picture of you whipping out a tape measure!

  • At 4/28/2008 11:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't understand how your pizzas always look so appetizing.. hhahaa!!! i never touch pizzas here.. :(
    i hate them with a passion..!

  • At 4/28/2008 6:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    they have the best gourmet pizzas

    you can't beat them for value with the amount of toppings and great taste too!

  • At 4/28/2008 9:22 pm, Blogger Y said…

    Ah damn. Did you really have to go and tell everyone, Helen! I love going to the Australian Hotel, and seats are hard enough to come by as it is! ;P

  • At 4/29/2008 10:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should try Zachary's in King's Cross. Thursday nights are all you can eat gourmet pizzas and sides (chicken wings, roast potatos, turkish bread+dips) and 1 drink for $20! You can have their mini pizzas (10cm diameter) or medium sized ones (groups of 6+). Generally noisy, more fun in a big group and bookings essential. Google their website :)

  • At 4/30/2008 12:09 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi divemummy - lol. But half the fun is having someone else do the washing up :)

    Hi belle - I got the ruler out at home and measured against my memory of my pizza slice :)

    Hi Mama Bok - I think the freshness of toppings always makes a pizza look more enticing.

    Hi Lyn - The pizzas are very good, and yes the generosity of topping is half the joy.

    Hi Y - I hardly think there's going to be a sudden influx of patrons at the Heritage but hey, sharing is caring, right? :)

    Hi Cam - Oooh all-you-can-eat. A dangerous but always alluring combination :)

  • At 5/01/2008 11:13 am, Blogger Hendersonville Epicurean said…

    Oh...I'm in pizza heaven. Wonder if they'd hold up if they were shipped to North Carolina, US?

    Your photos are wonderful and make me actually consider a trip to Australia!

  • At 5/14/2008 10:55 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Hendersonville Epicurean - You should. Start saving, Australia's great! :)

  • At 9/07/2009 10:25 am, Blogger JulianHarty said…

    Thanks for this recommendation. I enjoyed the surf n turf pizza and a couple of beers. Some of the pizzas you tried don't seem to be available any more, but - as I'm learning to say 'no worries' :)

    Julian (from UK)

  • At 9/20/2009 10:07 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Julian - Glad you enjoyed the Australian Heritage Hotel. The pizzas are great aren't they? And yes, "no worries" is up there with Aussie lifestyle philosphies.


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