The iconic Royal Oak Hotel is located in a leafy street in Double Bay and you won’t miss it, as it’s a classic, family-owned Sydney pub on the corner of Bay Street and Cooper Street. As we walked into the restaurant at 6.30pm, the newly revitalised space was already jampacked with locals.
Phil’s Rooftop has been dedicated to The Royal Oak’s owners late brother, Phil, who passed away from brain cancer at just 22 and is a meaningful reminder to the family of his lively spirit.
The extensive Summer menu had a variety of share plates and the usual pub staples, along with specials of the day. We hit off our night with pear ciders.
Grilled Atlantic Salmon
The grilled Atlanic Salmon was well presented and true to the summer menu. Lemon fennel and salsa verde added zing to the beautifully cooked salmon, with scrumptious chat potatoes and asparagus.
Royal Beef Burger
As we dived into the mains, the Royal Beef Burger was definitely a winner. It has all the ingredients to make a burger mouth-watering – Wagyu beef, bacon, cheddar, pickles, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup & mayonnaise.
Garlic & Chilli Prawns
For entrées, we couldn’t say no to a heart warming garlic and chilli prawns. The creamy white wine sauce was to-die-for, and it went so well with the prawns and crusty bread. Every bite was just too good to be true.
Spring Rolls: Peking Duck & Pork
I just had to try their spring rolls at the mention of Peking duck and pork. The spring rolls were scrumptious, accompanied with delightful honey soy and spicy lemon sauce which makes you want to go for that second dip.
Marinated Warm Lamb Salad
I couldn’t resist the marinated warm lamb salad. It ticks all the boxes for a fresh summer salad and it’s large enough for you to have it as a main. A generous portion including walnuts, beetroot, spanish onion, chick peas, carrot, rocket topped with balsamic dressing and goats cheese.
“Phil’s Rooftop is a very exciting and special addition to the Oak. Locals who have been coming to the Oak every week for years are awe-struck at its distinctive style. It feels like an entirely new bar housed within an old favourite and this combination means we’ve already been inundated with requests for functions from corporate Christmas parties to birthdays,” said Jamie (co owner).
The Royal Oak Hotel is a local favourite here in Double Bay. A perfect hangout with friends, workmates or even your date. Quality food with generous portions, friendly staff and a relaxed casual dining experience.
The Royal Oak Hotel
28 Bay Street,
Double Bay, NSW 2028
Contributed by May Leong, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys