Rose of Australia

1 Swanson St Erskineville, NSW 2043

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Opening hours Daily noon-late
Features Vegetarian friendly
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa
Phone 02 9565 1441

We love the old front bar but wish they'd extended that classic Art Deco pub feel through to the back, which is a little bland by comparison. That said, it hits all the right notes; specials, monster steak and rib nights, shared plates, trivia, 2-for-1 cocktails in happy hour. A small gourmet pizza (garlic prawns, fire-roasted capsicum, feta cheese) is excellent, a 250-gram sirloin is a little overdone but lifted by beautifully tasty two-potato gratin. A tuna burger is a trifle overwhelmed by lemon aioli. The pub's famous beer-battered fries are famous for a reason. You WILL try the restaurant-standard Chocolate Experience.