159 Hargrave St, Paddington NSW 2021
$1 Oyster Hit in Paddo
Nice casual pub that's well attended by the locals and you'll spot lots of oysters by the dozen being served on a Thursday night. Apparently they'll get through around 500 in the 2 hour happy hour which accounts for them being preshucked before service. A glass of Jim Barry Riesling, Clare Valley SA ($10) and Opawa Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NZ ($10.50) helps calm the nerves for the adults while the Orange Juice ($2 kids) served in a plastic cup for the kids helps boost their energy. Oysters ($1 Thursday 6-8pm) aren't the prettiest shucked oysters I've seen but for $1 each and a big squeeze of lemon they're certainly do the trick as an appetiser. Chicken Schnitty with house slaw and beer battered fries ($20) had a good crunchy coating and tender chicken inside. Chips were crispy and the slaw was nice although would have loved a bit more of it and preferably served on the side so it doesn't get all warm sitting on the heat of the freshly deep fried schnitzel. 250g rump steak - Rangers Valley Black Angus Rost Biff MS3+ (270+ days grain fed) ($26) served with mushroom sauce and beer battered fries was ordered medium although in hindsight would have been better as medium rare. The plentiful supply of mushroom sauce was very good. The pub is kid friendly with a baby change table available and kids menu but it certainly caters for the older crowd with comfy seating and friendly service. The restaurant at the back looks really nice and I'd been told the oysters are shucked to order there which is good to know.
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