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Monday, January 17, 2011

Lord Wolseley Hotel, Ultimo

In the back streets of Pyrmont, you'll find the narrowest pub in New South Wales, the Lord Wolseley Hotel. Built in 1881, the pub still remains much of a local secret, the front bar scattered with mostly male patrons, quietly downing ice cold schooners.

The bistro at the rear of the pub is bright and modern, with a small dining room situated on a mezzanine level, above the bistro counter. There's no table service here, but the buzzer system works efficiently here.

The menu is surprisingly extensive, split between traditional Aussie pub grub and Thai dishes. Portions are ridiculously generous and the prices will leave you plenty of change for another beer.

Cheese burger $8.95

The cheese burger is a mountainous stack of beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and melted cheese, served with a tidal wave of chips on the side.

Cheese burger with the lot $9.95

Add a dollar, and you'll receive beetroot, pineapple and a fried egg on your cheese burger, and still have change from a tenner. I had the cheese burger with the lot and struggled, but happily so.

Garlic bread $3

Garlic bread arrives as triangles of Turkish bread soaked with garlic butter.

Caesar salad with chicken $9.95

Caesar salad with chicken makes up in quantity for what it lacks in finesse. The chicken is a little dry, but the bacon is super crisp, and the lettuce may not be the traditional cos but it's fresh and crisp.

Lord steak sandwich $9.95

The Lord steak sandwich combines rump steak, tomato, onion and a fried egg sunny side up. Given the usual chewy meat you find in steak sandwiches, this one is surprisingly tender.

Mixed grill $12.95

And can you get more Aussie than a mixed grill? A carnivore's delight awaits with a hearty platter of rump steak, sausage, grilled tomato and bacon served with chips and salad. The steak is a little gristly, but this isn't a gentleman's meal. This will put hair on your chest or otherwise feed a family of four.

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Corner of Bulwara Road and Quarry Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9660 1736

Bistro opening hours:
Lunch 11am-3pm
Dinner 5pm-9.30pm
Open 7 days

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 1/17/2011 02:11:00 am


  • At 1/17/2011 6:30 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    lol 'tidal wave of chips' i totes want to surf that!

  • At 1/17/2011 6:36 am, Anonymous Katie said…

    All that food looks fabulous! I'm impressed with the cheeseburger, coming with the salad too - normally it's just a pattie and a slice of cheese. Oh and one of my favourite foods is grilled tomatoes - I put them in the oven with some mixed herbs and let it cook down until it's squashable, then I squash it over toast - YUM!

  • At 1/17/2011 7:53 am, Anonymous Arwen from Hoglet K said…

    That looks like a hearty hamburger, and a tidal wave of chips is a fantastic description.

  • At 1/17/2011 8:06 am, Blogger joey@forkingaroundsydney said…

    Love hotel food, especially when the prices are cheap and the portions are huge! That cheeseburger and mixed grill looks positively like heart attack material ....

  • At 1/17/2011 8:29 am, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    Those are some surprisingly pretty looking burgers, that egg looks like it would have a yummy gooey yolk! Love a good bit of pub grub every now and then.

  • At 1/17/2011 10:26 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    That used to be my local when we lived two blocks away! Love a bit of pub grub. Now that's what I call a burger!

  • At 1/17/2011 10:31 am, Blogger Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said…

    It's 10:30am, I forgot to have breakfast today and am suffering from serious burger cravings now!

  • At 1/17/2011 10:32 am, Anonymous howard said…

    Amazing, looks like good bang for buck as well.

  • At 1/17/2011 11:07 am, Blogger Mel said…

    Totally droolworthy! Is it lunchtime yet?

  • At 1/17/2011 11:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, huge portions and tasty looking pub food for less than $10! The burgers look awesome, with perfectly fried eggs. The Caesar salad looks good, too.

  • At 1/17/2011 11:44 am, Anonymous Nic@diningwithastud said…

    Oh that cheeseburger with the lot looks amazing! Love struggling with pub food and getting the satisfyingly huge prego belly afterwards lol

  • At 1/17/2011 1:50 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Aw, it's like the egg in your burger is popping out to say hello! Hello, egg! Hello!

    (I promise I'm not drunk.)

  • At 1/17/2011 4:22 pm, Anonymous Melissa said…

    the mixed grill looks huge! servings looks massive.

  • At 1/17/2011 5:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And a picture of the beer as well (as requested)! Great work!


  • At 1/17/2011 5:16 pm, Anonymous Craig @ Craig and Caroline Hind Online said…

    Hmm, there are quite a few meals here that I would like. I see a visit to this pub in my not too distant future!

  • At 1/17/2011 5:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You had me at "ice cold schooners".

  • At 1/17/2011 9:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've had plenty of mixed grills but no chest hair... maybe I am doing it wrong! Must head to Lord Wolseley asap!

  • At 1/18/2011 10:01 pm, Anonymous Chanel said…

    I love a pub meal - those burgers look perfect to go with an ice cold beer, and what great prices! :D

  • At 1/18/2011 10:41 pm, Anonymous sara @ Belly Rumbles said…

    An extra buck and you get all that with your cheese burger? Talk about value.

  • At 1/19/2011 2:46 am, Anonymous Simon @ the heart of food said…

    Looks like some great value to be had all round. For the city area, I would have expected higher prices.

  • At 1/24/2011 1:44 pm, Blogger susan said…

    Those prices are very cheap and the food looks really good too! What a find. I think I have had a drink here before, but never eaten here.


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