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Monday, March 21, 2011

Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale

Beef nachos $12.50

Many a poor and thirsty student has ended up at the Lansdowne. For years it was famous for its $5 meals, and students from both USyd and UTS flocked there for a cheap feed and a schooner.

Prices have increased since then, but only slightly, and renovations have turned the first floor of the Lansdowne Hotel into a bright and airy space.

The main dining room has a school mess hall feel, but it's comfortable and spacious, and if you time your visit well, there's cosy bench seating in the sunny alcove that overlooks Victoria Park.

Seven bucks will get you a grilled steak, chicken schnitzel, bangers and mash, pesto penne or vegetarian nachos. You have a get a drink as well, but that's rarely a problem for the beer-guzzling uni student.

The tiered menu increases in price to $10 for the chicken caesar, burgers, pizza and chicken wraps;  $12.50 for beef nachos, beer battered flathead, chicken parmigiana and 350g rump steaks. The high rollers fork out $16 for chilli and garlic prawn fettucine, T-bone steaks and chicken kiev.

Vegetarian nachos $7

The food is better than I remembered. We order both the beef and vegetarian nachos and receive a pile of corn chips smothered in beans, cheese and tomatoes. Guacamole and sour cream are not the watered down imitations I've seen in other budget restaurants, and the beef mince isn't overly greasy either.

Grilled steak with chips and mushroom sauce $7

You do need a steak knife to cut the $7 steak, but it's not overly chewy, helped by a ladle of mushroom sauce. The chips are golden and crunchy.

Beer battered flathead with lemon and chips $12.50

And at $12.50 for fish and chips, how can you go wrong? It's a generous serve of beer battered flathead, tartare sauce, lemon wedge, chips and a decent side of salad. Relive your student days without the mandatory lectures.

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2-6 City Road, Chippendale
(diagonally opposite Broadway Shopping Centre)
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 2325

Bistro opening hours:
Open 7 days 12pm-9.45pm
19 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 3/21/2011 03:05:00 am


  • At 3/21/2011 4:35 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    It may be a cheap and cheerful pub but those nachos look seriously tasty

  • At 3/21/2011 7:07 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    So that's what it's like in there. For all the years I've lived in the area I've never stepped into that place.

  • At 3/21/2011 9:02 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    Good ol' pub food! Good for the soul every now and then :)

  • At 3/21/2011 9:35 am, Blogger Mel said…

    I went there for lunch last year I think and I was impressed by how nice the dining room was and how tasty the food was. Nachos...yum!

  • At 3/21/2011 9:42 am, Blogger Megan D said…

    I live right across the street from this place but have never ventured in! Will have to check it out soon :)

  • At 3/21/2011 9:43 am, Anonymous Gastronomous Anonymous said…

    Wow the nachos look fantastic! i love a good pub food!

  • At 3/21/2011 10:13 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    mmm nachos dip me baby yeah

  • At 3/21/2011 10:27 am, Anonymous Leona said…

    omg this place brings back memories! I used to go here back in the uni days

  • At 3/21/2011 10:40 am, Anonymous OohLookBel said…

    I used to frequent the Landsdowne when I went to UTS! Years later (post-grad), it was the Market City food court for noodle soup. The food at the Landsdowne looks really good; why can't other pub places serve delicious cheap food, too?

  • At 3/21/2011 11:47 am, Blogger Georgia said…

    Oh, those nachos!

  • At 3/21/2011 2:27 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    The schnitzel with pepper sauce and potato is pretty good too. I love going there after having a wander through newtown or a photo shoot around sydney uni. Cheap and easy.

  • At 3/21/2011 4:00 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    I feel embarrassed that I was a uni student for over four years and never frequented a single "uni student" joint here in Canberra. The vegetarian nachos do look tasty!

  • At 3/21/2011 8:50 pm, Anonymous sara @ Belly Rumbles said…

    Has been at least a decade since I have been to the Lansdowne. $12.60 for battered flathead and chips, awesome and i like the renos they have done.

  • At 3/21/2011 10:37 pm, Anonymous David Hilyard said…

    The Pantsdown. Without sticky carpet. Hard to imagine!

  • At 3/22/2011 12:33 am, Anonymous Jenny (Figs and Brie) said…

    Ah good times! My favourite is still the chicken schnitzel though (:

  • At 3/22/2011 1:15 pm, Anonymous Howard said…

    This brings back great memories. We use to frequent this place as UTS students, and also Strawberry Hills for their $10 steaks!

  • At 3/22/2011 8:05 pm, Anonymous Trissa said…

    Where was this place when I was studying and on a budget?! Oh well - regardless - I am always looking for places that are good value - and serve good nachos.

  • At 3/27/2011 10:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks like pretty good pub food for the price. Will have to pay them a visit soon.

  • At 3/28/2011 3:45 pm, Blogger susan said…

    I wish there was good cheap pub food in Canberra, that is something that it is seriously lacking. $7 for a steak and chips, amazing!


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