I SAY PARMA, YOU SAY… Oh, wait. Let’s not continue with that one.
But let’s definitely continue with The Urban List’s round up of 14 of Sydney’s best pub meals. Because a schooner in hand is worth four in your stomach, you’re going to need a good meal to line that bad boy. Whether you’re into the posh pub food thing or content with a pie, there’s something to excite you right here.
Sunday Roast at The Local Taphouse
If you’re not somewhat erotically attracted to the mere thought of a bomb-diggity Sunday roast, then you’re probably not human. The one at Darlinghurst’s Local Taphouse starts at midday and goes until it’s sold out. Hint: get in early.
The Schnitty at The Unicorn
Imagine if mashed potato and silk fell in love and had delicious silky potato babies. And then it grew old and fell in love with the crispiest, juiciest schnitzels in all the lands. That’s what you’ll get when you order the schnitty at Paddington’s The Unicorn. Topped with finger-licking gravy, it’s truly a miracle in pub meal form. Side note: they also have a cheesy AF Mary’s burger for those that like their meat between buns.
Braised Beef & Vegetable Pie at Dove & Olive
There are only a few things to say about Dove & Olive’s pie. Apart from it being jean-poppingly good. The meat is slow cooked until it’s fall-apart delicious, and it’s served with creamy mash and mushy peas.
Hot Slab New York Deli Style Sandwich Union Hotel
I mean, if hot slab didn’t get you right away, then you might need to face the fact that you’re a party pooper. Regardless, they’re exactly what they sound like: big, hot, slabs of meat between bread. And they’re ace.
The Hot Dog at The Royal Albert Hotel
Well, hot dog! It looks like we have a weiner! In the form of the hawt dawgs at Surry Hills’ Royal Albert Hotel. You can keep it simple with the crafty dog, or step it all the way up to the chilli fat albert dog. There’s no wrong choice, just make sure you pair it with a craft beer, kay?
The Southern Fried Bird at Huxley’s Sports Bar
Five glorious pieces of earth-shatteringly crunchy buttermilk fried chicken. Does life get better? It kind of does, mostly when Huxley’s smother theirs with Alabama white sauce, grilled corn and seasoned chips. Food coma? Right this way.
The Vegetarian Nachos at Shakespeare Hotel
No, this is not a meaty one you see before you. It’s a huge pile of seasoned corn chips with spicy, beany goodness, lashings of guac and all of the cheese. It’s messy and it’s huge and I’m drooling. Shakey’s has nailed it… again.
The Cheeseburger at The Lord Gladstone
Right. Stop what you’re doing. Put down your pen. Pause your Spotify (Biebs can wait). Because if you haven’t yet got the burger at The Lord Gladstone inside you. Have you? Go get another. Haven’t you? Go. Now.
The Fancy-ish Pub Pizza at The Dolphin
Oh, have you tried the dough, though? It’s pretty boss. The Delfino, a sultry seafood sensation, is nothing short of a gift to your taste buds. Go for the Salsiccia if you like your sausage spicy…. Winky face.
The Roasted Pork Belly Roll at Public House
You know pork belly is good when you can hear the crackling from the kitchen when it cooks. Not really, but the crispy pork belly roll with ranch slaw and BBQ mayo at Petersham’s The Public House. Side beer mandatory.
Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs at The Henson
In the immortal words of me, “where my damn ribs at, Sally?” Sorry Mum. But if I had asked her, she would have told me they’re at The Henson. Smoky, fall-off-the-bone-tender and just the right amount of char. Onwards!
Roast Chicken at The Paddington
Chicken shops have never been fancier, and we have never been more full. It’s juicy, the skin is crispy, and the gravy will make you pull a face like the smirk emoji.
Haloumi burger at The Courthouse Hotel
Cheese between bread? Yep. Haloumi between buns with all the trimmings? F Yes. The Courty brings far more than all night long beers, it brings burgasms.
Pizzas at The Newport
Another one of those time-tested pubs that has had a big-ass makeover and we are slightly embarrassed about how excited we are. The Napoli-style pizzas at The Newport are worth the trip, unless you’re a local then it’s worth the stroll.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Public House