29 November 2010

Harts Pub: Serving Australian Hand Crafted Beers, The Rocks (28 Nov 2010)

Corner of Essex & Gloucester Street, The Rocks NSW 2000

Beers with an Aussie Hart

At Harts Pub, the home of Rocks Brewing Company, our mission is to provide Sydney with an experience different to any other pub. Serving Australia's best hand crafted beer, rotating through our 12 taps, there will always be something new to experience.

A friends casual birthday drinks brings me to this cosy pub where there's a definite fascination with famous quotes printed all around the walls which adds a welcoming humor to the place. I wish I could say the same for the bar service received upstairs tonight which came across as somewhat disinterested and not particularly friendly — perhaps the young woman didn't really want to be working there that day? Browsing the menu for a bite to eat the funny named 'Hart Stopper' Steak Sandwich ($22) looked inviting but I felt it was a bit on the expensive side so I opted for Cajun Croc ($16) which was crocodile strips tossed in Cajun spices, shallow fried and served with a tangy remoulade. It was quite a spicy and tasty dish and the crocodile meat tasted rather like chicken to me. Beer battered wedges ($9) seemed rather pricey but actually worked out to be OK because the serving size was quite large. It's served with an interesting side of tomato cider chutney and Cribbs Porter mustard sauce rather than the usual combo of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. A Bowl of fries ($9) is also quite generous in size and freshly cooked to a nice crispy finish as hoped.

The hand crafted beer menu reminds me of the boutique selection available at The Local Taphouse and perhaps to a lesser extent at Yulli's. You won't find your basic VB, Carlton and Tooheys here and I believe they're hoping to expand their selection to include some European beers in the future. The main meals aren't the cheapest around town as far as pub food goes ranging from $22 up to $36 for a 400 g Rib Eye so hopefully the quality of the dishes can justify the higher prices. The Herb Crusted Lamb Cutlets ($30) and Kangaroo Skewers ($24) sound pretty tempting for next time. Large plasma screens seem to be in every room so you won't miss out on the cricket when it's on if that floats your boat.

PROS: Australian boutique beers available on tap, Cosy decor, Courtyard available, Interesting food menu, Beer tasting paddle
CONS: You won't find your mass produced VBs and Carltons here, No free street parking in the area
MUST TRY: More hand crafted beers

Cajun Croc: Crocodile strips tossed in Cajun spices, shallow fried and served with a tangy remoulade ($16)

Beer battered wedges served with tomato cider chutney and Cribbs Porter mustard sauce ($9)

Bowl of fries served with tomato cider chutney but changed to tomato sauce ($9)

12 Australian hand crafted beers on tap

Beer paddle $10 for 4 tastings

Upstairs bar

Upstairs seating areas

Downstairs seating

Interesting fact about Margaret Fulton

Quotes on wall


thang @ noodlies said...

Hum spoilt for choice! Looks like a good atmosphere too

Ashley said...

Wow how adorable and what a great concept! The chips and wedges do come across as quite expensive!

I love all the different beers available and am quite pleased to say I have tried a couple of them but a couple more are completely new to me!

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi thang, on a nice day the beer garden would be quite nice too. they seem to have lots of little rooms so good for small groups to have their own space.

hi ashley, there's so many boutique beers out there it'd be hard to get around to them all.

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