Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills

412 Crown Street

412 Crown Street
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.

Pork Belly Grazing Plate $10

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.

Seared Scallops Grazing Plate $9

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.

Braised Beef Cheeks $25

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.

King Prawn Linguini $22

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).

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Dolphin Hotel
412 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
t: 02 9331 4800

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  1. I’m not 100% but did you meet me here one night with the Irish and we were extremely trashed? Or was that in Paddington. Do you know what I’m talking about?

    • I remember. It was the Royal Hotel in Paddington. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was struggling that night!


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