It’s a birthday! Not mine of course, there will be plenty of notice of that, don’t you worry! 😉 It is however, the birthday of one of my oldest, closest friends. At the time of her birthday she did not know that her husband had conspired to throw her a surprise birthday dinner, so this lunch was to be the extent of her catch up with friends for this occasion. Let me tell you, I did a wonderful job keeping the secret that I would be seeing her that very same evening at A Tavola in Darlinghurst for dinner (an upcoming post).
On to lunch! My Friend has a love for English style pub grub and bangers and mash in particular, with especially no greens, so she chose the Royal George at The Ivy for a catch up with myself and a couple of her colleagues. Having only ever walked past this part of the monolith that is The Ivy, I hadn’t realised how large this pub was. Up the stairs and the space opens into a rather large bar with plenty of tables and chairs and some stools at the bar for those dining alone. As per English pubs it’s dark and brown. The menu is short and covers the classics: Burgers, the requisite bangers and mash and a short list of specials:
We all settle on something different: Birthday Girl, of course, Bangers and Mash, and myself the chicken burger:
The bangersandmash, in this case, beef and rosemary are fragrant with a healthy amount of gravy and served with whole baby onions, that are left untouched by Birthday Girl. My chicken burger was extremely generous in size, was sadly lacking in flavour except for the spiced yoghurt dressing. Cook more flavour into the chicken! Season it! Don’t rely on the sauce!
The girls settled on lasagne and the fish and chips:
As you can see again, both generous and tasty.
Great spot for work lunch catch up with decent prices, fast food, and good atmosphere.
Not the usual Merivale haunt 😉
The Royal George
330 George Street
02 9240 3000