Food Review: Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney
Thanks to somethingyousaid.com, I was given the lucky opportunity to inhale a free meal and share a jug of Long Island Iced Tea with mates at Sydney’s iconic Lansdowne Hotel.
The building endured some damage due to a suspicious fire in January last year but, had I not been told that before my visit, I wouldn’t have even noticed. I attributed the paint stripped walls that were peeling off to an intended ‘grunge’ or ‘hipster’ effect, rather than what was potentially heat damage from the fire. Regardless, I loved the décor; dim lighting, comfy couches and lacquered tables. A reggae band was performing and punters were playing pool, or lounging on couches, drinking cider and enjoying the performance, which provided a chill, lounge room vibe.
The cosy ambiance was welcoming and I ventured upstairs to explore the Phoenix Diner menu. Whilst some of the patrons were saying that the food used to be much better, I found it satisfying. Their starters menu was impressive with American inspired dishes, so there’s something there to satisfy all drunk cravings. I had their buttermilk chicken burger (pictured right) and the side of hot chips which were a delicious combo and came out on a cute red, American diner type plate. Their portions are generous and filling, yet leaving room for dessert, so of course I had to try their Secret Sundae – which still makes my mouth-water just thinking about it. Food and drinks were pretty cheap and you can get a good feed for under $15, so it definitely caters to uni students and people who are short on cash.
Upstairs was more done up than the downstairs area and there was a bare brick wall, which made me feel like I was in a cool bar in Brooklyn or something. The bathrooms were adjacent to a lime green wall, which I witnessed become the perfect backdrop for selfies and group shots. The female bathrooms had poetic Gen Y graffiti and an awesome cartoon pinup drawing in permanent marker appropriately labelled “La Fine”. Unfortunately I couldn’t explore the male bathroom, as I don’t really fit that category on most days.
After guzzling down reasonably priced meals that were filling and easy to share, my mates and I left with happy guts and tipsy souls.
Protip: Try their pizzas.. good stuff!