Baba Laksa, Orange Grove Hotel
- Jackie McMillan
- Wednesday, 24 August 2011
In the type of pub you’d usually go to find a blue, there’s a surprisingly nice little bistro. Prejudice well and truly checked, I settled in amongst the families and local Ambos to enjoy the well-priced Malay dishes of Chef Richard Wai. For the last fifteen years, his laksas were the talk of Woolloomooloo’s Old Fitzroy. After one mouthful of BBQ Pork and Greens ($10.50) I could see why – it’s better than most I’ve had in restaurants far more expensive. I’m not going to lie; Richard’s Roti Canai with Curry Chicken ($10.50) was too sweet. However after the perfectly balanced house-made sauce accompanying the Satay Chicken ($8.50/4 pieces), I suspect the problem is us conservative inner westies – so don’t be afraid to let him know we can handle a bit of heat. Dim Sim ($8/8 pieces) also impress with a crispy, oil-free exterior and a tasty filling that made me sit up and smile. Small touches like complimentary Neapolitan ice cream and a ping-pong table nearby to amuse the kids make me thankful that brave licensees like Caroline Stening can renovate a pub without taking the usual gastro-pub route. After all, even us yuppies need a cheap eat with well-priced bevvies on mortgage week…
Orange Grove Hotel, 311 Balmain Road, Lilyfield
Ph: (02) 9810 2835 www.orangegrovehotel.com
Pub Bistro $
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