Quarryman’s Hotel, Pyrmont

An ex-colleague semi-moved on from the company earlier (it’s complicated) and told us he has loads of gossip from his new office to share. Office gossssip. He treated us to Quarryman’s Hotel at Pyrmont tonight. Office gosssssssip.

We grabbed a drink each (no alcohol for me, thank you) and ordered our food at the counter. We got the Quarrymans Platter ($18) for the table, the 200g Sirloin Steak deal ($15) off the Monday Specials menu, the Quarrymans Burger ($18), and the same burger but double the beef for me ($22), of course!

It was then a long wait. We had enough office gossssip to amuse ourselves, but not quite enough to distract from our increasing worry from noticing more and more patrons enter the outdoor area with a number in hand but not a single plate of food in sight. The second-hand smoke was also getting quite unbearable; alas, that’s a pub for you: indoor is always dark and noisy, and outdoor cigarette-smoky. We’re here for office gossssip, so it had to be the cigarettes.

Our food did eventually arrive.

Quarryman's Pyrmont: Quarrymans Burger (Double Beef)
Quarryman’s Pyrmont: Quarrymans Burger – Double the Beef ($22)

I had high hopes for the dish, it being the burger named after the place and having to wait quite a while for it and all. The double beef version came with two tall beef patties, provolone cheese and your typical burger veggies and relish between buns. A few entirely unladylike bites later, I concluded that the whole thing was rather tough and dry even with the slab of gorgeous, all melty provolone cheese atop each patty. The buns were also quite ordinary.

Quarryman's Pyrmont: Steak (Specials Menu)
Quarryman’s Pyrmont: 200g Sirloin Steak ($15 from Monday Specials)

I wondered if I should have ordered the Steak Monday specials 200g sirloin steak instead. $15 for the steak on a small bed of salad and chips, plus a beer or house wine as well. Good value!

Quarryman's Pyrmont: Quarrymans Platter
Quarryman’s Pyrmont: Quarrymans Platter ($18)

Meanwhile, our shared Quarrymans Platter came with cured meats (corned beef and prosciutto), cheese (cheddar and camembert), olives, pickles and toasted rye sourdough. It was all right.

Overall, I wish the burger I had was as juicy as our conversation, but thank you for the meal, semi-ex-colleague, let’s meet for some more office gossssip again soon!

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Watergrill, Cronulla RSL

Richard’s family and I were going to have dinner at another restaurant in the area tonight but didn’t realise it closes on Tuesdays (and Mondays, too, as I later checked). We popped in to Watergrill inside Cronulla RSL nearby instead, and because the weather allowed, we chose to sit outside with a water view that I could just about see over the balcony hedges when seated.

Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Menu (Front)
Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Menu (Front)
Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Menu (Back)
Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Menu (Back)

It’s a typical RSL deal where you order at the counter, receive your buzzer, wait for the buzz, then to the counter to pick up your meal to bring to your table. I got the chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta cheese ($24.5) and a bowl of steamed vegetable ($5)… which I have somehow managed to not capture on my phone. I did get the photos for the much more photogenic and filling surf and turf ($34) and seafood salad ($25.5) that the others ordered, though.

Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Surf & Turf
Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Surf & Turf ($34)

Richard and his brother both ordered the surf and turf, cooked to medium rare. The kitchen actually didn’t overcook the 300g scotch fillet — quite a feat for pubs, as Richard commented.

Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Seafood Salad
Watergrill, Cronulla RSL: Seafood Salad

The seafood salad was one of the items I was eyeing before I decided on a different dish. Regrets! The salad came with king prawns, avocado and smoked salmon on a bunch of leafy vegetables. Looked so, so yum, but probably too small a serving for me.

Meanwhile, my chicken breast with the stuffing was delicious and I loved the Napolitana sauce on top, but the baked vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, celery, onions, etc) were overdone. There was also a penne pasta in my bowl of steamed vegetables, mysteriously.

Enjoyed the food otherwise. Thank you for the meal, R-Mum! smile

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Gardners Inn Bistro, Blackheath

We decided to have a quick dinner before setting off to take pictures of the sunset Gardners Inn Bistro: Mixed Grill

Gardners Inn Bistro: Mixed Grill ($24) with mushroom sauce – Lamb cutlet, beef sausage, steak, bacon, grilled tomato & mushrooms topped with a fried egg
Gardners Inn Bistro: Lamb Pie
Gardners Inn Bistro: Lamb Pie ($16) – Lamb, potato, mushroom & rosemary in red wine

They asked and I told them I wanted my steak cooked to medium rare, but I quickly realised they were probably just asking out of politeness; the steak was well-done. We glanced over at the other table and saw a giant steak atop chips that looked pretty good; I don’t know if they cooked it to that guy’s order.

Otherwise, I don’t have too much to complain about the food. Serving size could probably be bigger for the price, but as a quick pub meal, that was quite satisfying.

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Jean’s Chilli Chicken, Eastwood Hotel

With Richard’s help (thanks a million! heart ), I spent all day packing and moving to my new place today. We were suitably starving after so as soon as we unloaded the last box, we went on a desperate hunt for food. We drove out to Eastwood Station and found lots of Chinese restaurants on one side and Korean on the other, but none tickled our fancy tonight. We decided to pop in to Eastwood Hotel when we walked past for what we thought would be a pub dinner. To our surprise, even the kitchen inside the hotel was Korean and the place was absolutely buzzing.

Jean's Chilli Chicken, Eastwood Hotel: Takeaway Menu Page 1
Jean’s Chilli Chicken, Eastwood Hotel: Takeaway Menu Page 1

We flicked through the menu at the counter and quickly agreed that everything looked delicious. We picked the Chilli BBQ Chicken (3 chilli rating; $32) and the BBQ Duck (1 chilli rating; $34), plus a serving of plain steamed rice for Richard. The counter staff looked me the Asian girl up and down and said their servings were very big, then looked Richard the white boy up and down and said their chilli dishes were very hot. We brushed her aside and assured her we love our heat and giant portions (we do!); inside, we were quite certain nothing here would be spicy enough for us and I’d probably need a second dinner.

Jean's Chilli Chicken, Eastwood Hotel: Takeaway Menu Page 2
Jean’s Chilli Chicken, Eastwood Hotel: Takeaway Menu Page 2

The place was so packed we weren’t sure if we’d be able to find anywhere to sit, but we managed to get a nice little booth with three TV screens nearby. Total win! After a while, a waitstaff brought the dishes to us.

Jean's Chilli Chicken, Eastwood Hotel
Jean’s Chilli Chicken: BBQ Chilli Chicken (front middle), BBQ Roast Duck (right with salad on top), self-serve rice balls (right back & far left), complimentary Korean pickles and pasta salad (middle back)

The first dishes that came were some Korean pickles and pasta salad that we never ordered, but the waitstaff told us they’re complimentary. The dishes we ordered arrived after. The counter staff didn’t lie; their portions were massive indeed. We also received two silver bowls of warm rice with a bit of seaweed in it. Not quite the plain white rice we expected, but if they provided a disposable glove each for the DIY rice ball rolling fun, DIY rice balls we’d make.

We attacked the main dishes. Holy. Macaroni. The Chilli BBQ Chicken was super tender and had a lovely smoky taste that you could just tell was properly charcoal barbecued, and it was mildly spicy. No, it was moderately spicy. No no, it was actually legitimately spicy. The BBQ Duck wasn’t as hot and the pieces were hidden under a huge bed of green leaf salad, but they were equally tender and tasty. We downed every single piece of meat and, for once, I was full and satiated. I suppose we did finish over 4 servings of food between the two of us. tongue

For some reason, the bill only came out to $66, which I didn’t realise until I started to prepare for the blog entry. But $66, or even the supposed proper price of $73, for a full belly of quality barbecue chicken and duck is simply worth it.

If you love barbecue chicken and hot food and ever end up in Eastwood, I highly recommend a visit to Jean’s Chilli Chicken.

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Lloyd’s Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe (2014)

I was going to attend an outdoor event at Peats Ridge(!) where my friend Mark was performing, but it just wouldn’t stop raining and the band members dropped out one by one. Change of plans; we decided to have a quick dinner at good old Dooleys in Lidcombe instead.

The last reported time I went there (I’ve been back a couple of times in between) I got the full-serve roast of the day. This time, I ordered the T-bone steak ($22.90 for members; $27.50 for guests).

Dooleys Lidcombe: T-Bone Steak
Dooleys Lidcombe: T-Bone Steak (I got proper steak knives later)

I didn’t get any gravy or sauce on it and somewhat regretted it. The steak was small and so-so; the roast I got the other time was better. Mark got the chicken breast off the specials menu, which didn’t tell us it was going to come with a thick cream sauce on it. While it looked delicious, it could have been disastrous because the friend was lactose intolerant!

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Lloyd’s Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe

Meal from Lloyd's Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe
Roast of the Day, full serve (foreground) and Sticky BBQ Ribs (background)

Catching up with Ellis over dinner at Lloyd’s Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe. I got Roast of the Day with gravy — full serve for me, of course! Decent serving size, cheap ($13.90 for members or $16.70 for guests), fast and yum! The friend said his Sticky BBQ Ribs ($22.90 for members or $27.50 for guests) was a little too sticky and sweet and got sickening after a little while, so I think getting the roast was a good call.

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