200 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Plenty of $10 meal choices
This is my first time to the very popular Shakespeare Hotel which is directly opposite Mohr Fish which by the way make fantastic prawn and fish wontons. It seems very much a locals pub with what I assume is a large dose of uni students attracted by the very cheap meals and drinks on offer. It reminds me of a classier Cricketeers Arms Hotel and a more grungier version of The Victoria Room. For anyone on a tight budget to eat you'll love this place. I was amazed to see over 20 meals on offer for only $10 with no conditions — but I assume most people would buy a drink anyway.
The meals might not be as sophisticated as The Trinity Bar up the road but for $10 it'll sure fill your stomach. My Rump Steak with chips and salad ($10) was cooked to medium rare as ordered although unfortunately about a quarter of it had quite a bit of grizzle factor. The salad had a nice dressing and the crunchy chips were good. The Grilled Chicken Breast Burger ($10) had a nice guacamole with a noticeable chilli taste and the decently portioned Crumbed Chicken Parma ($10) seemed to get a few more extras on the dish than the same priced plain Chicken Schnitzel ($10). I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Grilled Barramundi Fillet with chips and salad ($10) for this low price in any other pub bistro too.
The bistro and main bar is downstairs but I found the most interesting part of the hotel upstairs where you'll find a small maze of separate rooms with cosy seating and various dimly lit feature lighting. The hotel is certainly a lot more extensive inside than I thought it was.
PROS: Cheap meals, Cosy seating, Interesting decor and lighting
CONS: Very crowded when busy during peak dining times
MUST TRY: Trying the other dishes
Crumbed Chicken Parma with eggplant, smoked ham, neapolitan sauce, mozzarella cheese and parmesen cheese with chips and salad $10
Grilled Chicken Breast Burger with mixed leaf, tomato, spanish onion, guacamole, lemon aoil and chips $10
Decorative feature lighting