26 January 2012

The Coach and Horses Hotel: Beer Garden & Pub Bistro, Randwick (5, 22, 23 Jan 2012)

147 Avoca Street, Randwick NSW 2031

Bistro gets a positive makeover

The renovations of the bistro in The Coach and Horses Hotel are looking a lot better these days and it's good to see the menu has also stepped up its game. Formally quite a basic pub grub place the new look and thankfully reasonably priced menu is much more enticing. The Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce ($8) was quite tasty and reasonably priced on the limited tapas menu. They're more fried than the ones at York Lane and a bit less spicy but would still pair well with a beer. Piri Piri Prawn Skewers ($8) came with a tasty sauce which wasn't overly hot and decent sized prawns which were properly deveined. Was expecting them to be served on a long skewer but the mini serving sticks work well. Barramundi fillets in Crispy Beer Batter ($18) came with two decent sized fish pieces with crispy batter as hoped. My King Prawn Chilli Spaghetti ($18) had about 7 decent sized prawns and a well-flavoured sauce of white wine, tomato, basil and parmesan. The Baked Atlantic Salmon ($23) was served on steamed Asian greens and better value than having grilled fish from A Fish Called Coogee which is just served on its own.

I'm always tempted when I see Home Made Tiramisu on a dessert menu but didn't have enough stomach space this time around. I'm already hoping to visit again to try more dishes on the menu as I was quite impressed with the quality and value for money on this visit. The Smoky BBQ Marinated Pork Spare Ribs and Sizzling Pot of garlic King Prawns in Olive Oil & Shallots is calling my name. With baby Isabelle on board in a pram the disabled toilets got a baby review. With no table available it was a challenge to change a nappy and there was also no bin available for disposal. Something I've mentioned to management and hoping the next visit will be more baby friendly with a few minor improvements.

Other visits to Coach and Horses Hotel:
23 Jan 2012 - Lambs Cutlets, T-Bone, Surf n Turf Rump
22 Jan 2012 - Oysters Kilpatrick, Chicken Pie, Beef & Cheese Burger, BBQ Pork Ribs, Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mudcake
15 Jan 2012 - Simon's 41st Birthday in The Red Room, Function platter food
5 Jan 2012 - Octopus Salad, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Piri Piri Prawn Skewers, Barramundi, Atlantic Salmon, Prawn Spaghetti, Beer Garden

PROS: Reasonably priced menu, Decent menu variety, Plenty of seating in beer garden, Friendly staff, Quite nice decor upstairs, Function space available
CONS: Not all tables are non smoking around bistro
MUST TRY: Buffalo Chicken Wings with a beer on a sunny day, Home made tiramisu next time
BABY ON BOARD: Lift available to level 1, Use ramp entrance on Avoca St for pram, No baby changing table or bin available in disabled toilet, Be aware smoking allowed on some tables in beer garden

5 Jan 2012 — Visit #1
Char-grilled Octopus Salad tossed with Rocket, Tomato, Cucumber & Spanish Onion served with Hummus ($15) - ordered without onion

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce ($8)

Piri Piri Prawn Skewers ($8) — could be even a touch spicier

Barramundi fillets in Crispy Beer Batter served Chef's Salad, hand cut chips and House Tartare Sauce ($18)

Baked Atlantic Salmon served on steamed Asian greens, crispy shallots & light soy sauce ($23)

King Prawn Chilli Spaghetti tossed with White Wine, Tomato, Basil & Parmesan ($18)

22 Jan 2012 — Visit #2
Oysters Kilpatrick ($28, dozen) - quite nice, lots of flavour and bacon on top

Chicken, Tarragon and Vegetable Pie with Chips and Salad ($16, specials board) - pretty decent size

Grilled Free Range Chicken Breast with Lemon Thyme ($18) - was well liked

Deluxe Beef & Cheese Burger with Hand Cut chips ($14) - pretty decent size although to be a deluxe burger perhaps some bacon would be good too, and maybe an egg!

Smokey BBQ Marinated Pork Spare Ribs ($22) - could be a bit more smokey in flavour, pretty tender meat though

My ribs side salad didn't have any dressing making it a bit plain and dry. I think this might have been missed in the kitchen.

Blueberry cheesecake with ice cream ($8) - ice cream was unfortunately a bit icy in parts, would have been nice with some berry coulis too to counteract the cheesecake

Chocolate mudcake with ice cream ($8) - fairly moist and rich

Homemade tiramisu ($8) - pretty good, had noticeable alcohol, nice flavours

The polite left over pieces of dessert

Bistro service counter and specials menu board

23 Jan 2012 — Visit #3
Herb-crumbed Lamb Cutlets with Creamy Mashed Potato, Sweet Peas & Tomato Relish ($22) - nice cutlets and relish

Tender T-Bone 400g ($22)

Surf n Turf 400g Rump with Pan Fried Fresh Green Prawns ($24) - for $2 extra you get prawns compared to just the rump steak meal which is pretty good

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Gin & tonic served in a tall glass but I prefer short glasses for my G&Ts. Had to ask for some fresh lime.

Most tables are reserved for No Smoking in the beer garden although unfortunately some are also for smokers near the bistro seating which is a bit unfortunate.

I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'Home Made Tiramisu' — hopefully will try next time.

Bistro service counter

Bistro menu

Beer garden seating

Beer garden lounge seating

Red Room on level 1 available as a function space

Level 1 decor and seating

Level 1 pool tables

Level 1 beer garden

Disabled toilet near bistro on ground floor. Would be better if a small table and bin was available so nappy changes can be done. Had to place the baby changing mat on the floor.


Anonymous said...

Love the photo of the baby's bottle next to the beer :)

joey@FoodiePop said...

Is it just me or is every second pub/hotel undergoing makeovers?

john@heneedsfood said...

One by one the pubs of Sydney are changing their outfits. Really like the look of the beer garden. Comfy but not too fancy. Also like the sound of the chicken wings. Yummo!

Simon Leong said...

hi lateraleating, I just hope DoCS is OK with it too ;-)

hi joey, I think you're right. Hopefully the locals are the winners in the end though.

hi john, it's a pretty relaxed beer garden. not too fancy so families should feel pretty comfortable as well.

Chanel said...

I've been to many a party in their function room ;-)
Nice to see the bistro food & decor is looking good, but not too fancy!

Simon Leong said...

hi chanel, it does seem to look like a nice function room.

New York Hotel said...

I finally decided to try it out back in June, but it was closed. It looks like there might be lights on inside.

thang@noodlies said...

Gosh such a great, detailed review.. I could eat everything in your review!

penny aka jeroxie said...

You can EAT! I keep thinking about the chicken wings.

Food is our religion said...

The toppings and bacon on the Oysters Kilpatrick looked seriously generous!

Simon Leong said...

hi thang, i'm working through the menu slowly so there might be a few more dishes to be added in the future.

hi penny, i love a good chicken wing, especially with a good beer

hi food is our religion, seriously generous indeed. More a Bacon Kilpatrick than an Oyster Kilpatrick perhaps hehe

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