I hadn’t been to the Bank Hotel for ages. In fact, the last (and only) time I ate there, it was still Sumalee Thai. For many people the idea of a new menu featuring typical pub grub was unappealing. For me it’s quite the opposite. I think in Newtown it’s easier to find decent Thai than decent pub food.
The first thing that caught my attention was the blackboard announcing spit roasts… until I realised they were served in a roll. At $7 per roll I figured it wouldn’t be good value to order just the meat.
So we ordered three gluten-free mains from the well labelled menu. Alvaro and I shared as per usual. I started with the 250g rump with hand cut chips and fennel slaw. Great steak, great chips, great slaw (I’m a sucker for both a good slaw and fennel, so this was a perfect side for me). The steak was cooked a tiny bit more than what we ordered, but the flavour balanced the score.
250g rump, hand cut chips, fennel slaw ($16)
The other main was the BBQ chicken served with parmesan potatoes, broccolini and charred shallots. Another winner. Great flavours, cooked well, generous serving.
BBQ chicken ($24)
Bonnie ordered the crisp skin salmon, which comes with horseradish mash and nicoise salad, but she had it sans mash and with extra salad. The salmon, too, was a bit more overcooked than requested, but not dry. The skin was perfectly crispy, and the salad was incredibly tasty (I had a bite of salmon and all the tomatoes).
Crisp skin salmon, nicoise ($22)
324 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
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