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 went here for lunch in mid October 2014. The menu was obviously meaty (being a grill) but there were some nice sounding cold options on the menu. I went for a lovely steak (can't remember which kind). It was about $70. The price tag was high but boy was it good! The drinks menu was well selected and surmising my well priced. Coffee at the end of the meal was stellar.
The building appears to be an old bank. The marble pillars are quite imposing. We were sat on the balcony upstairs. I felt like I was at an opera.
In all, not the finest dining experience but a great place to go if work is footing the bill and you want to have a good feed!
I went here for some friends for breakfast and was very disappointed.
Packed full of waiting staff, it was strangely impossible to get an order taken, and our drinks and food arrived after a very very long wait. The maitre d was very rude.
The brunch is a bit of a joke. Who ever wanted a bowl of scrambled eggs served with toast on a saucer, no butter and warm milk with my tea? The 'build your own' option was pretty much the most inflexible menu I ever beheld.
Don't try to get a fried egg, apparently 'it would just be chaos'.
Always such a shame when such a great location suffers from dreadful service and a lazy brunch menu.
I was impressed by the gentleman that did the job. He was bubbly, outgoing and eager to please and get the job done, how I wanted it. He worked hard to get the carpet stains out and with a lot of attention it turned out really good.
Paramount Coffee Projects might look like a lobby of an office building, but its contemporary design makes it one beautiful place to have coffee and grab a bite to eat in the mornings and afternoons that they open.
It boasts a spacious, high ceiling atmosphere, keeping in line with the heritage of the building they maintain. However, the seats are less impressive, with many box-shaped stools that are quite low and uncomfortable.
The range of food offerings are kept to a minimum, with premium pricing and slightly small serving sizes. I had the chance to try their crispy chicken which was served in a takeaway-like hot food bag, drenched in a sweet & spicy sauce and chopped spring onions. Next to it is a food glove that you can use to keep your hand from getting dirty whilst enjoying the chicken, and a packet of wet serviette. The crispy chicken was quite nice despite failing to make its own beautiful impression against other crispy chickens out there, not to mention its $16 price tag for only 6 pieces of chicken.
It is also good to know that they sell cronuts, something that is surprisingly very difficult to find in this part of the suburb.
So this is the cafe where cool, trendy, hippie people hang out. Or at least that was my assessment of the queue of people waiting for a seat.
PCP occupies a warehouse-like space, with an overall modern and spacious feel. A prime spot to sit for some food porn is the table just next to the kitchen. Service is friendly (minus any attitude), with staff having a good knowledge of the menu items.
The menu offers original items. I ordered the peanut and jelly milkshake ($8), which satisfied my sweet cravings. The Crab Po Boy ($18) is soft shell crab and coleslaw sandwiched between milk buns. It was tasty, but I'm not quite won over. The side order of giant onion rings ($5) was the real winner for me - crispy batter with soft onions on the inside.
So first impressions of PCP - original concepts, good food but with a premium price tag.
Have to say this is not a very nice place to go. We went there yesterday. There were 5 of us, 4 adults and 1 kid. Since my husband and I were late, the other three went there to line up. My mum was told that they could not be seated until all of us were present. Then my husband and I rushed there. Bad luck with the traffic. Until the time we were there (around 7p.m), it was all full. We were told to wait until 8 to be seated! Come on, my mum, my friend and the kid were already there at 6.00 p.m. Very mean wait staff, have to say. If this is their policy, I have to say that this is a very unfriendly policy and really does not want to have a go there.