The Rag and Famish Hotel is a heritage listed building located amongst the high rise office buildings in North Sydney. It is a popular place for those in the area to come down for lunch, meet up with friends and enjoy some bistro pub food in a relaxing environment. Their bistro is known for their pies. In other times, it is a local bar with a comfortable lounge area and outdoor garden.
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I have just came back from Rag & Famish Bistro for a lunch break with work colleagues and for the first time after frequenting this place in the past have I finally discovered their upper-level heaven which I believe was previously not open to bistro customers. The place is far quieter than its downstairs counterpart, with plenty of proper tables and seats and polite staffs who are also friendly and attentive, even when their main task is to pick-up empty plates from our tables.
The price of the food has not increased since I last visited this place last year, but they have certainly had upgraded their food presentation with fancier wooden serving plates and newspaper-like oil paper. I was however quite surprised when I was charged $4.10 for a lemon lime bitter which normally costs $3.50 elsewhere.
As I expected, the salt & pepper calamari that I ordered was delicious, generously portioned and comes with plenty of chips and a serve of creamy sauce. There is also a self-serve condiments table so you can add BBQ and tomato sauce on your dishes to your liking.
Oh what can I say about this North Sydney icon... This is the place lots of workers in the North Sydney area flock to for a tradition pub experience. It is currently undergoing a few renovations but the timber decor still remains a prominent feature. The food has improved with quite delicious salt and pepper squid and some hearty pies now on the menu.
They also have little events and raffles on weeknights.
Although I've only been here several times only during lunch time, I would say that this place is good. The food (talking about my favourite salt & pepper calamari) is generously served and their guinness pie is also a must-try. Just make sure you turn up early as it gets busy very quickly and you might find yourself queueing for meals and waiting for seats.
I have been to the 'Rag & Famish' twice in the last two weeks, since moving to North Sydney. I would definitely recommend the Friday Karaoke night, which was very entertaining. The drinks are reasonably priced and although I haven't eaten there, the food I have seen looks substantial and of good quality.