When it comes to pub grub, Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills knows that there's no need for fancy, flower-topped dishes or smears of sauces. It's more about great, honest pub food that will leave you happy as a pig in mud every time. Decked out with dark wood, cosy corners in separate rooms and plush lounges, it's all too easy to settle into the pub affectionately known as The Shakey.
And like any pub worth its salt, Shakespeare Hotel offer specials every night of the week, all of which will keep your stomach and wallet happy. Home of the $12.50 meal, you can walk into Shakespeare Hotel any day and polish off a hearty meal and a drink for less than a 20 buck note.
Favourites include the heavenly slow-cooked pork ribs, sinfully moreish, tender ribs dripping with thick, smoky barbecue sauce and served with crinkled chips and salad to mop up any excess sauce. These were so delicious we walked around with a saucy grin on our faces from gnawing every last piece of meat off 'dem bones. Now, is this a classic fish and chips we see before us? 'Tis! So perfectly beer battered and staring at us like a shiny, crunchy beacon of hope, so ready to be dunked into the creamy side of tartare sauce that sat alongside it.
The winter of our discontent ended when the Portuguese chicken burger landed on our table, and it definitely didn't skimp on value. Stacked grilled marinated chicken breast, lettuce, tomato and peri peri mayo, getting this in your mouth is a challenge worth taking. We added a fried egg, because yum.
If the timeless chicken parmigiana be the food of love, chow on. It's not on the $12.50 menu, but it's worth every cent. You'll get a fat, juicy and crunchy chicken schnitzel topped with ham, Napoli sauce and a big handful of mozzarella, alongside crunchy chips and salad. It was worth every bite of mouth-searingly hot and crunchy parmy goodness.
Got beef with beef? Vegetarians need not worry, as they can make plenty of friends with a selection of mouth-watering options on the menu. How does the Portobello mushroom and haloumi burger with roasted capsicum, relish and ranch sauce sound? Epic? We thought so too. Other than that, the spicy vegetarian nachos or pumpkin ravioli will hit the spot.
Parting is such sweet sorrow. But the $12.50 special shall be back tomorrow! See you at The Shakey!
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