Review: The Edinburgh Castle Hotel (Sydney CBD)

Bonnie’s birthday is today and she wanted to celebrate it with karaoke on Saturday. After researching the market she figured out that karaoke bars are too bloody expensive here, so plan B kicked in: a pub with karaoke. Kelly’s in Newtown was the first choice but they don’t do it on Saturdays. The Edinburgh Castle Hotel in the city was the chosen venue.

Alvaro and I arrived around 7 pm. Bonnie, Vicky and Guy were already there, the girls were drinking sparkling wine and Guy was having beer. I got a beer for me (they have some interesting ones on tap, including wheat beer and Fat Yak) and a ginger beer for Alvaro. The place was packed and everyone there seemed to be a regular.

We waited for the rest of the gang to have dinner. Alvaro and I weren’t so hungry so we decided to share a grilled chicken salad. He really wanted fish and chips but I knew that it would be a better second shared meal in case we got hungry later (fried food = good food when drunk).

The salad was pretty good, much better than what I expected (I had read mixed reviews about the food in this place, so I was expecting average quality at most. Some reviews also mentioned rude service but I don’t agree.) At first sight it looked like a bowl of lettuce but the good stuff was underneath. Even when the chicken was slightly over-grilled and the goat’s cheese was almost invisible, the flavours matched perfectly. Bonnie, who had the same meal, wasn’t sure about the asparagus but I didn’t mind its presence.

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: Grilled chicken w/ pumpkin, cashews, asparagus & goat's cheese

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: Grilled chicken w/ pumpkin, cashews, asparagus & goat's cheese

Grilled chicken w/ pumpkin, cashews, asparagus & goat’s cheese ($15)

Vicky ordered the soup of the day, which she was told had veggies and chicken. It looked like plain tomato soup from where I was. The toasted bread was slightly burnt but Vicky didn’t care, she ate it all and left half of the soup because it was too spicy for her.

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: Soup of the day, crusty bread

Soup of the day, crusty bread ($10)

Jane, a former vegetarian, had the Eddy burger. Gary had the beef & burgundy pie. Both classic pub meals looked good and I heard no complaints about them.

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: The Eddy burger, cheese, beetroot, pickles, lettuce & BBQ sauce

The Eddy burger, cheese, beetroot, pickles, lettuce & BBQ sauce ($15)

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: Beef & burgundy pie, mushroom gravy & mushy peas

Beef & burgundy pie, mushroom gravy & mushy peas ($11)

The other former vegetarian, Neil, had the chicken parmigiana, which was great, according to him. It came with mashed potatoes and broccolini. When he was about to finish he was called to sing his first song of the night.

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: Chicken parmigiana w/ mash & veg

Chicken parmigiana w/ mash & veg ($17)

Guy had the steak sandwich, another pub classic that looked good and apparently tasted good too. Once again I didn’t have the chance to take a pic of Andrey’s meal (I couldn’t even ask him what he was having) due to his distant location and eating speed.

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel: Steak sandwich, beetroot, tomato, rocket, aioli & onion jam

Steak sandwich, beetroot, tomato, rocket, aioli & onion jam ($15)

Some of the guys and girls in our table had a go with the mic. Some did better than others but the important thing is that they all had fun. We all certainly did.

Happy birthday, Bonnie!

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel
294 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9264 8616
www.edinburghcastlehotel.com.au

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