The Strawberry Hills Hotel

453 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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Opening hours Daily noon-10pm
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa
Phone 02 9699 3355

Avert your eyes from the crystal encrusted gambling den, walk upstairs and find yourself in a secret Sydney gem - a lantern-lit, chic roof-top beer garden and restaurant filled with happy campers. The link between gaming room and meal prices is evident - but cheap at the till does not mean cheap on the plate. A tender rib-eye, smeared with anchovy butter, nestles on a pool of pickled beetroot, comforting mash and steamed greens; a daily special sees Morocco and India come together beautifully on the plate, with tandoori-style fillets of lamb, a puddle of mango chutney and a seriously good cous cous. We'll be back.