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Glenmore Rooftop Hotel

January 7, 2010
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My friends that know me, know that I have an extreme weakness for anything involving schnitzel….
Actually any sort of crumbed chicken.
No wait, anything that’s been deep fried.

My inner foodie tells me it’s bad to order the same thing over and over again, right? I should want to try something new and exciting! But screw it… I just really love schnitzel.

So it was no surprise what I ordered when we went to the Glenmore Rooftop Hotel.

Chicken Parmigiana - Glenmore
Chicken Parmigiana – $17.50

Firstly, the menu design impresses me with its sense of character and unpretentiousness. It’s not trying to be slick or ultra-modern, like so many pubs in Sydney are nowadays. It’s clear to read and has been carefully designed to complement and retain the building’s rugged charm.

The Glenmore’s selection of food is similarly nice and no-nonsense. It’s filled with the usual pub food staples, chicken parma of course! burgers, salt & pepper squid, fish & chips, steak – and all at pretty reasonable prices – considering the location. It’s smack in the heart of the Rocks, a little bit away from the glossy and pricey waterfront. We’ve stumbled into it while looking for a cheap and unfussy meal before we hit the nearby MCA (Olafur Eliasson has an exhibit on at the moment that’s a lot of fun! You should check it out)

The girl behind the bar is chatty and friendly as she takes our order. The clientele this afternoon is a chill mix of weathered locals having a yarn, and some families having their post-christmas lunch. The kids get their little fish & chip meals delivered in cute little plastic baskets.

As for my parma – it’s pretty decent! It’s a big portion, served with salad and mashed potatoes that delight the table in its unusually gelatinous appearance (it tastes like normal mash though). It has two cheeses on it, and the crumbing is nice and crunchy. It’s not wildly intrepid, nor do I expect (or want) it to be.

The only downside is that while me & my friend’s chicken parmas arrive pretty promptly, my friends’ orders of salt & pepper squid and steak take ages to arrive. We do get an apology from the guy who eventually brings the other meals, citing problems in the kitchen.

Salt & Pepper Squid
Salt & Pepper Squid – $16.50

When they finally arrive, they do look pretty good. My friends are happy, and I don’t hear them speak for 10 minutes as they dig in.

Glenmore Hotel
Something to remember for next time!

All in all, despite a few hiccups, it’s a nice place to while away a sunny afternoon.

Glenmore Rooftop Hotel
96 Cumberland Street
The Rocks
NSW 2000

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 12:35 pm

    For best $10 steak? Go to Sanctuary Hotel. Corner of Kent St and Liverpool St. They do my steak as medium rare everytime. 🙂

    • January 7, 2010 12:48 pm

      Yumm! Yes! I like the steaks there! So good and cheap… and free champagne for the laydees on Thursday nights 😉

      I have not tried the schnitzel there though! Time for a schnitzel-off!

      The Glenmore steak did look quite nice though (and massive, both josie & al couldn’t finish theirs!!), and it comes with a sauce, mash/chips and salad. Good value since it was a Tues (usually it’s $20)

  2. reina permalink
    January 7, 2010 4:23 pm

    hey mel,

    $10 steaks + champagne sound so good! pity we dont have them back here at singapore – our steaks are tiny!

    • January 9, 2010 12:19 am

      That is a pretty good thing about Aussie pubs…! Lots and lots of $10 steaks everywhere 😉 But! It’s a challenge to find a really excellent one (a fun challenge though!)

      Singapore has so much great food! I’ve only been there twice very briefly, but I always remember the food!! And how cheap it is :O

  3. January 14, 2010 8:36 am

    Can’t go wrong with a parmigiana 😉

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