Dee Why Hotel

834 Pittwater Rd Dee Why, NSW 2099

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Opening hours Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm,Sun noon-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Features Vegetarian friendly
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa
Phone 02 9982 1797

The pasta special (plump king prawns, chorizo, cherry tomatoes and fettuccine in a cream sauce) is excellent, as are the $10 kids' meals (fettuccine meatballs with napoli sauce and decent fish and chips). But a chicken, sweet potato and pinenut salad is too heavy on the lettuce. Still, this recently rebuilt pub is a welcome re-entry to northern beaches dining, particularly the six shared plates (salt-and-pepper squid, veal meatballs, chilli and garlic prawns, arancini, brochette and antipasto). The pizza list is good, and thought has gone into the desserts (chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice-cream or Nutella pizza, for example).