Holidays are well and good, but sadly we can’t be on them all the time due to a little thing called “money” and “being responsible”. However, you can trick your tastebuds into believing they’re overseas by taking them to some authentic restaurants around town.
London is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for Aussies and unsurprisingly, one of Emirates most popular travel destinations with eight daily flights from Dubai to London. In celebration of this great city, we’ve teamed up with Emirates to give you the roundup of the top Australian restaurants doing British fare right.
Pubs 'n Pies
The London | Sydney
We took this one rather literally. I mean it’s a pub called The London. Can you get more Londony than that? Located on a corner in the backstreets of Paddington, The London provides hungry patrons with classic pub meals including UK classic, beer battered fish and chips as well as a roast with all the trimmings on Sundays.
The Commoner | Melbourne
Not at all common, The Commoner in Fitzroy is cooking up Modern British cuisine with a local twist. The menu here is seasonal with much of their produce sourced locally (and even foraged!). We suggest opting for the “Feed Me” menu which showcases the best of the season and avoids you having to make any hard decisions about what to eat.
Pope Joan | Melbourne
For your fix of the British isle in Melbourne, Pope Joan’s owner hails from Yorkshire, so you know the dishes are going to be legit. At lunch, go for the Pope Joan sandwich that’s made with their house made brown sauce and to finish, the rice pudding is always a winner.
Papa Goose | Melbourne
The guys at Papa Goose are doing Modern British right. With a mean Sunday roast on offer (yes, it includes Yorkshire puddings) and an excellent selection of mouth-watering dishes including twice-cooked quail, smoked mackerel on sourdough, and chicken liver parfait, if you’re in need of a taste of the “motherland”, Papa Goose has you well sorted.
Downstairs | Sydney
This is probably the most British you’re going to get this side of the equator. With Brit-pop memorabilia lining the walls, bowler hats acting as lampshades, and dark wood interiors, get your bubble and squeak fix at Downstairs in Darlinghurst.
The Colonial | Sydney
Considering chicken tikka masala is regarded at Britain’s national dish, we had to include The Colonial. This is British-Indian cuisine and it’s basically like a big warm curry hug. If you’re feeling particularly peckish, head in on Sundays for all you can eat, which will leave you in a delicious curry coma.
Fish and Chips
The Traditional Chip Shop | Sydney
You want truly authentic fish and chips? Come get it at The Traditional Chip Shop in Bondi Junction. With perfectly crispy battered fish and chips, these guys are serious when it comes to the fish’n’chip game (their number is 1300 CHIP SHOP for crying out loud!). In case you didn’t think they were British enough, they also sell pies and Cornish pasties.
Madame Brussels | Melbourne
One of Melbourne’s favourite roof top bars, Madame Brussels is traditionally associated with Pimms jugs and tennis girls, but there’s much more to it than that. Head into this girlish bar of delight and treat yourself to a Garden Party (it’s like high tea, but better!). The sandwiches are excellent and the sweet treats are second to none. This Madame goes one step better than washing your sandwiches and sweets down with a cuppa; you’ll be plied with cocktail jugs of something stronger.
Room With Roses | Brisbane
It doesn’t get more British than tea and scones, and iconic Brisbane café, Room With Roses, does one of the best high teas in the city. Work your best stiff upper lip while tucking into ribbon sandwiches, roulades, cakes, champagne, and, the humble scone.
G'n'T and Pimms
The Powder Keg | Sydney
This English-style gin palace in Potts Point serves up G&T on tap and an excellent array of Brit-Dutch food (yes, that’s a thing), one sip on a gin and tonic and you’ll feel like you’re in London. The Powder Keg is also open until the wee hours meaning you can get your drink and snack on well past your bedtime.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess | Brisbane
Styled like an old colonial mess hall, Brisbane bar Dutch Courage has one of the best gin menus in the city, making it a must for any die-hard G’n’T fan. Their creative gin cocktails—including the heavenly Lavender Bees Knees: lavender infused Tanqueray with honey and lemon—will have you pledging your loyalty to the Union Jack.
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