Dropped into the Dolphin Hotel recently. It’s an old favourite; a great neighbourhood pub for a catchup over a couple of mid-week drinks or a bistro meal. Though it gets lively, it’s never overwhelming. The decor is clean and modern (think brushed metal and polished wood) but still laid-back.
Unless I’d totally glossed over it on their blackboard menu in the past, they now have grazing plates. We first try the Pork Belly served with cauliflower puree, apple paste & balsamic glaze. Yummo.
Next, we have the Seared Scallops with corn puree & semi-dried tomato. The generous serving was perfectly cooked. The corn puree was a sweet-on-sweet combination with the scallop flesh. Will definitely order it again.
For one of our mains, we share the Braised Beef Cheeks, served with potato fondant, baby carrot & jus from the braising. So tender and rich; again a very generous serving.
To top it off, we have the King Prawn Linguini with lemon, chilli, parsley and rocket wilted in olive oil. Good but unremarkable relative to the other dishes.
The word? Been going here for years now and the bistro doesn’t disappoint. Great place for hearty meals and beers during the week (have never been during the weekend).
412 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
t: 02 9331 4800