If you live in Sydney, you know this place, even though you might not know that you know it. It’s the pub on the corner at Circular Quay next to and above the McDonalds. I must have passed it a hundred times.
So, it was fun to finally eat here. My pal immediately identified that the downstairs looked pretty standard (photo below) and the upstairs (forgot to take photos) is nice: open, funky.
It’s got a regular pub menu with reasonable prices. I can never resist a croquette and these were absolutely fine.
My pal had a lentil burger and I forgot to ask him how it was. Bad blogger.
I had a chicken parma and thought it was a more elegant version than some I’ve had. Everything: the fries and the chicken were perfectly crisp. How could I complain with that.
Washed down with a $40 bottle of Pinot Noir (and happy to get $20 off with my Entertainment coupon), this was an easy, tasty meal, a nice enough atmosphere to catch up, and perfect before going off to see Jonsi and Alex’s Riceboy Sleeps performance at the Opera House.
Ah the Paragon……
Almost butchered almost beyond recognition, but not quite. A Mcdonald’s where there was once a popular fish restaurant. I guess you can still eat a fish burger there….
The Paragon Hotel was once a famous place to stay upon arrival in Sydney. You would get off the boat and walk across the road.
I am glad it still exists, I am glad it is not facaded, and I am glad I can still order a beer in an iconic hotel.