The Royal Hotel Paddington
237 Glenmore Road, Paddington, NSW
(02) 9331 2604
From the outside, The Royal Hotel resembles the old local that’s in every Sydney suburb. Steeped in important history, it’s a noble remnant of a bygone era, one that conjures a nostalgic view of the city.
However, a recent re-development has brought the historic hotel into the 21st century, with a stunning new kitchen and restaurant joining the traditional sports bar on the ground level.
Upon entry, it appears not much has changed since The Royal first opened – the traditional pub atmosphere is maintained, with sports screens dotted around the space and enough beer taps that you could try something new with each schooner.
However, a venture upstairs reveals the new dining area, which heralds the pub’s new approach. With a light and bright design, the area visually sets the tone for the menu: to go a little beyond the traditional pub feed.
Dishes like the burrata with the toasted pangratto and dipping oil, and freshly shucked oysters with cucumber vergus and granita, are a great way to start off a meal. Knock them back with a glass of house wine, or pair with a pot of beer, before taking on the mains. While the kangaroo loin or lemon and ricotta ravioli may catch your attention, any discerning meateater will regret not ordering the rib-eye.
With enough steak to feed two very hungry footy fans, and coupled with the healthier components of steamed broccolini and boiled kipflers, it’s a plate of hearty virtue. However, the standout of the dish has to be the marrow bonbons. Using the bone marrow from the rib-eye, the kitchen fries little round golden gems of goodness, which, beyond the initial crunch, melt in the mouth and pair brilliantly with the steak. This all comes together with a truffle jus made from the drippings, making for one indulgent and delicious meal.
While dessert might not be the first though when eating at a gastro-pub, it’s well worth a mention at The Royal. In particular, the banana and miso cake, served with butterscotch topping, sour cream, macadamia and cinnamon is an absolute delight.
In keeping with the gastro-pub theme, the drinks list is that little bit fancy, with a strong selection of sparkling, white and red wines, as well as a range of beers served on tap. The wine list alone has enough variety to suit even the most seasoned drinker, but if it’s a cocktail you’re after, it’s worth venturing upstairs to the Elephant Bar. Here, an experienced team of cocktail bartenders will whip up whatever your palate desires.
Whether it’s a special occasion or a midweek meal, The Royal in Paddington has something for everyone. Stop by for a work lunch during the week, sport on Friday and a cocktail-fuelled Saturday night – with so much on offer, you’ll find something new with each visit.