Don’t be fooled, this is not your traditional pub.
Make your way past the sports bar and enter the colourful oasis that is, southern Sydney pub, Miranda Hotel. The sun-lit space opens on to a lovely courtyard, with plenty of seating for large groups. Adjacent there’s a sophisticated small bar, The Lane, that’s doing a roaring trade in cocktails and craft beer. Yes, Miranda Hotel is dishing up the goods, and has well and truly become a favourite amongst south side locals.
On to the food (cause we all know that’s the most important), Head Chef Adam Bolton has created a seasonal bistro menu, offering restaurant quality dishes in a relaxed setting. Stodgy schnitties are nowhere in sight!
Start with the soft shell crab tacos (hands down some of the best we’ve eaten) with avocado, mango, Asian herbs and Sriracha aioli, and the pork and king prawn pot stickers with chilli, ginger, coriander and soy dipping sauce. There’s plenty of choice for mains. If you were looking for something on the healthier side, we’d go the roast beetroot salad with quinoa, asparagus, walnuts and goat’s curd, or the pan-roasted market fish. However, it’s the wagyu sirloin that makes us weak at the knees and really quite emotional – it’s just that good!
There’s also an epic suckling pig sandwich and linguine with blue swimmer crab to tempt you, but your best option is dining in a group and ordering the lot – for just $40 per head you can pre-order a seafood banquet, or choose from daily specials. It’s particularly good for those who struggle with food envy (ie. Us).
‘Hair of the Dog’ breakfasts on weekends feature staples like house-made toasted muesli, smashed avo with Persian feta and roast field mushrooms with poached egg and potato rosti. There’s White Horse coffee, freshly squeezed juices or thick shakes if you’re feeling game.
So whether you’re stopping by breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s no doubt Miranda Hotel is one Sydney pub for the hit list.
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