Coronation Hotel

5-7 Park St Sydney, NSW 2000

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Opening hours Mon-Thurs 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm,Fri-Sat 11.30am-9pm
Features Vegetarian friendly
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa
Phone 02 9266 3100

The stainless-steel benches and doughnut-shaped fluorescent lights contrast starkly with the grand facade of this historic 24-hour hotel in the heart of Sydney. But if you can get past the spaceship-inspired refurb, there's some decent grub to enjoy. If you can't, head upstairs to Mezz Bar, a dining room with tablecloths and large windows, where an extended menu applies. The $12 deals include a T-bone steak that comes cooked perfectly to order with crisp, thick-cut chips and a fresh salad. Indian-inspired menu items come from the influence of a Bangladeshi on the kitchen staff, and the Bombay lamb curry outdoes expectations.