“Stiff Drinks, Great Food, Live Music & Good Times.”
The Bristol Arms, located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD has three eating spaces to choose from; The Rooftop Bar, The Public Bar and The Bristol Kitchen. Today, we dined at The Rooftop Bar, an open, modern, clean and bright space. We came during lunch hours, 12pm-1pm and thought we walked into what looks like an ordinary pub from the outside. Since It was a perfect sunny afternoon, we went straight to the rooftop.
The Rooftop Bar with it’s white picket fencing offers diners a fun, relaxed dining experience with unique city skyline views on one side and an outlook over King Street Wharf from the other. We were greeted by our super friendly host Veronika, who was very pleasant to talk to and was full of positive energy! She’s great with the locals and was very attentive in terms of service.
The Bristol Platter ($28.00)
A mixed plate of grilled skewered meats, house made dips and relishes, olives and torn charred bread with pickles. You can tell that the skewers were served straight from the grill as they were still smoking hot. You get a total of 6 skewers which was made up of two chicken, two beef and two lamb. It came with four different types of sauces, from savory to sweet and tangy. In terms of portion size, this was quite a lot for two people.
Lamb Rump ($24.00)
Medium rare roasted lamb with a lemon thyme and parsley crust served with a crushed potato cake, honey glazed carrots.
The presentation was superb. The crust on top of the lamb was golden brown and gave the lamb that extra crispiness. The medium rare rump was cooked beautifully and was super tender and juicy.
Crisp Skin Barramundi ($25.00)
Lemon braised fennel and leek, steamed potato with citrus crème and a fine herb salad;
Well presented and elegantly laid out. After this dish came out, we knew this wasn’t just your ordinary pub food. The Barramundi was soft and matched well with the steamed potato that lied underneath. There was a slight fishy smell to it, but it was tolerable. We can see that the citrus was meant to come from the lemon braised fennel/leek and the citrus creme, though it was still missing that zestiness or tang. A traditional squeeze of lemon over it all would have complimented this dish beautifully washed down by a glass of white.
House and jazz music play in the background making the dining experience laid back and a place to be during your lunch hour breaks. A place to chill, relax, have a couple beers and just socialise with your workmates or friends.
The Bristol Arms Hotel
81 Sussex Street,
Sydney CBD, NSW 2000
Contributed by Joshua, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys