The Botany View Hotel

597 King Street, Newtown Newtown, NSW 2042

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Opening hours Daily noon-9.30pm
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Cash
Phone 02 9517 1133

So there's the slightly grungy front bar with a TAB and geezers watching the gee-gees while out the back at the Darley Street Bistro they're reaching for the stars with three blackboards of goodies. Garlic and cheese pizza bread is a little light on garlic but tasty nonetheless and, sadly, we dropped the huge bowl of fries on a passing cat and killed it (joking!). The Cajun-spiced barramundi quesadilla is excellent, the pan-fried chicken breast filled with spinach and parmesan and wrapped in prosciutto possibly even better. Sadly, we left no room for the moreish-sounding desserts. Reason enough to go back.