The Forrester is one of the famous pubs at Surry Hills, boasting their old-school atmospheric feel, spacious backyard terrace, and outdoor seats at pedestrian walkway. The affordable meals are also one of their specialties, with most meals priced at $10 (at the time of writing) and the famous steak specials on Monday.
I regularly visit this pub for Friday afternoon lunch. When the crowd has gathered, the orders take quite long to arrive (we were in a group of 10 and it took around 30 minute wait for our meals to arrive).
One of the must try would be their fried chicken burger with coleslaw and guacamole. I fell in love the first time I tried it and it definitely did not disappoint.
My friend seemed to get a slightly undercooked fried chicken but the staff and the supervisor were very prompt in handling the matter and a substitute food came out very quickly.
Nice place for a quality lunch or dinner. The food is great and I have to bring your attention to the pasta and pizza category in the menu - they are amazing and if everyone eats them, it's sure that they're also fresh. The service is a little slow when the place is packed but it's understandable.
I've been here so many times, I've lost count. The service is always professional & friendly - but not too familiar. And the food is consistently good. Portion sizes are generous, prices reasonable, and the vibe is lively.
The staff have never been anything other than helpful with trying to find a spot quickly for 1 or 10 people. The place is popular, and rightly so. Plan for a wait by having a drink down the road at their bar called Fico (it's deliberately not well signed on the outside of the building - but the staff will helpfully, point you in the right direction). Then afterwards, enjoy your Italian pasta delights. Their desserts are a winner too. Simple, and flavoursome.
Most impressed with the service. Bar staff are friendly and interesting to have a chat with while drinks are being prepared. Of course, that only happens when it's a bit quieter and the throng of thirsty swilling hasn't started yet.
Drinks are simple, yet very compelling. The tequila has quite a bit of quick, and I loved that magical timewarp feeling of sinking a few in the dimly lit bar and stepping out into the early evening setting sun realising you are waaaay tipsier than you noticed inside. It felt fun and naughty.
Popcorn for patrons was welcomed, and had the added benefit of keeping me thirsty. I was particularly fond of the Tequila Sunrise.
One of my favourite Sydney restaurants. The staff are amazing, attentive, skilled and friendly - without being in the way. I've been many times now with different people, and everyone's always enjoyed it. It feels like I could come here forever and never get tired of it.
Hands down the best dumplings in Sydney. Pretty much all their noodle dishes are also amazing. Good service, clean visible kitchen and large seating area with nice decor. I find this place much better than their other locations as well.
Went here last night. I don't see the fuss either. It was very busy and the waiters seemed very caught up in what they were doing than actually looking after the customers. I tried to get the attention of staff on a number of occasions. My dish was nice not too spicy but deffo have a kick however the dumplings we not great I got pork and veg and there was no pork that I could taste even asked if I got the correct ones. the response I got was that it was correct with 10% pork. Really 10% in a dumpling is ting no wonder I couldn't taste it. When the staff were rude and handed us a receipt and didn't even look at us. Wouldn't be rushing back to this place. Plenty of dumpling places in Sydney that are friendlier and have better Dumplings.
Not the easiest place to find, hidden out the back of a hotel, you'll be taken away by the 1920's decor, and the cocktail list is magical. So much so that Eau De Vie is my choice for a cocktail lounge in Sydney. The service is spot on, with the waitress always knowing my choice of cocktail. definitely one to visit
"Fashion fades and only style remains"...the same can be said about a bar. To be a truly fabulous establishment there has to be more than just a concept (that in time will fade); it has to offer an amazing experience.
Eau-de-vie certainly has the incredible cocktails, original, well-mixed and stylishly presented but these were not what we remembered. Instead our night was coloured by the terrible service received. I can only describe the experience as similar to a break-up and who goes out on a Friday night to break-up with their staff?!!
When asked for a glass of wine, our staff refused to serve one - yes we get it is a cocktail bar but a simple "we are a cocktail bar and so don't have an extensive wine list but I can recommend x y z.." would surely have been more stylish than a flat out refusal...later on in the night the same staff brought two glasses of champagne to the table instead of the ordered cocktails. Having explained there had been a mix up our friend asked if they would be complementary but the staff rudely informed them there were no complementary drinks at the bar. I then asked if we would be charged extra for the champagne (as they were far more expensive than the ordered cocktails) only to see the staff pick up both drinks and pour them into the cute plastic popcorn container on the table as the staff proceeded to tell us off...staff then returned again with ordered drinks and demanded that we 'discuss' the issue. Trying to diffuse the situation I suggested that perhaps we forget about it and we just get on with the evening but to no avail. As we finished our drinks, paid the bill and sought out our jackets our staff was still hovering trying to 'discuss the issues'.....
It would be great to return to the bar and enjoy the amazing cocktails but I am not sure I can cope with another break-up...
I'm a fan. The place is just big enough that you get a good vibe and buzz - but, not too big to lose the intimacy. Groovy crowd just enjoying themselves without the drunkenness of some of the big bars in the area.
Great cocktails and staff are super friendly and helpful. I've been a few times now, and always enjoyed myself.
It is very hard to miss this place during your walk along the popular Crown St. In the midst of the street field with business, Pieno offers a luscious and beautiful garden-like spacious outdoor atmosphere. It has plenty of seats, both indoor and outdoor, although they do get pretty busy most of the time.
My last visit was during a spring afternoon, and sitting outside might be proven quite problematic as the pollens would constantly fly onto your table, and eventually your dish and drinks.
I had their veggie big breakfast option from their all day breakfast & all day lunch menu. It consists of two eggs with sauteed mushroom & spinach, roasted tomato, potato rosti, tomato chutney and toast. The price was a little premium than its neighbouring shops, but it had beautiful poached eggs and clean elements across the dish with a main punch of spicy tomato chutney.
The staff was quite attentive at the time (which was not particularly busy) and the food comes in just a matter of minutes!
Another great find on the Sydney small bar scene. Down an alleyway so it can be a bit hard to find. There are a lot of tables which makes it feel a little bit cramped but i think overall it adds to the atmosphere. Plenty of whiskeys to chose from as well as other drinks. The pretzels are also a nice touch.
Really interesting place, dark and secluded, finding this place for newbies will be a tough task. But the ambiance is buzzing, and the bartenders are all extremely knowledgeable in the drinks they serve. Good experience.