When we ventured over to this idyllic spot down near the iconic Woolloomooloo Wharf, we were expecting your typical hotel pub. We were mistaken.
This place has a different ambiance. There is of course, your typical pub at the front, where you can get your traditional pub grub fare. However, it’s a little more sophisticated than your local pub.
As you turn towards the back, pub turns to restaurant, and you’re greeted with a very tastefully decorated dining room.
Complete with bar seating if you’re a table of one or if you just prefer chit-chatting with your bartender between bites!
This then leads to a stunning outdoor section for alfresco dining. Partially sheltered, with amazing natural light, this is the perfect place for that long boozy lunch or a few cocktails after work.
Did someone say boozy lunch? Yes please! We kickstarted with a lovely glass of pinot noir. The drinks menu here, as you can imagine, is extensive. Keep ’em coming!! 🙂
Our starters were natural oysters and Archie Rose Gin, cucumber and dill oysters. Nothing beats fresh oysters to start a meal. Delicious!
We then split a Fraser Island spanner crab on toast. This was brilliant. A very generous serving of crab, served on a thin piece of toast. Can we have 5 more please!?!
When both the bartender and the wait staff both tell you to order the kingfish, then you order the kingfish! Hiramasa kingfish carpaccio, seaweed, chilli and miso dressing. Do it. Your taste buds will thank you. And that miso dressing is next level.
Our first main dish was the Game Farm duck breast (NSW), blackberries, mashed potato and chinese broccoli. The duck is cooked beautifully, very pink and tender, and naturally full of flavour. The mash was creamy and buttery. Delicious, and plated as beautifully as any fine dining restaurant.
For sides, we got the asian coleslaw which was super crunchy with an abundance of frech veggies: cabbage, carrot, mint, coriander and almonds. The handcut chips with aoili were crunchy around the rustic handcut edges and super soft and fluffy inside.
Our second main dish was the pan fried snapper (NZ), saag aloo, lentil dahl and lassi dressing. The fish was perfect, with soft flaky flesh and crispy skin. The saag aloo was something new to us but we loved the curry flavours.
To finish off our meal, we thought we’d try something a little different. These guys pride themselves on having a rather unique menu. Fancy a pumpkin pannacotta? Or perhaps a carrot and walnut cake with coriander icing? We ordered the marinated pineapple with rum gel and pineapple and fennel sorbet. The pineapple pieces were deliciously soft and sweet, yet retained their structure. And the fennel was very distinct in the sorbet, which was both sweet and yet refreshing. I definitely recommend trying one of the more unusual desserts here.
Our long boozy lunch at The Tilbury Hotel was picture perfect. Sitting in the sun, dining on amazing food, with drink in hand. It really doesn’t get any better than that. With their recent refurbishment, the space is all the more stunning, which always enhances the dining experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing food and drinks on offer.
The Tilbury Hotel
12-18 Nicholson Street,
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys