*Thank you Erryn from Diamond Dozen PR for the invite!
Located across the road from King Street Theatre with a new refurb is Newtown’s Botany View Hotel.
There are three main sections in the hotel. The ground floor has a ‘sports bar’ room which leads to a sit-down space. Take the stairs to the right and you’ll find yourself in a bar-meets-pub space with seating both inside and out, as well as a bar for easy ordering. There’s about a dozen craft beers on tap, as well as a cocktail menu.
As we were there primarily to chow, we stuck to the food menu this time around.
Botany View’s Mixed Grill comes with half a dozen meat skewers; two each of harissa pork, garlic chicken and sumac beef, as well as some flat bread and skordalia dip.
Out of the three, I liked the sumac beef the most. It was cooked nicely with some slight charring, was well seasoned with sumac and paired nicely with the skordalia dip and bread. The chicken followed a close second. It lacked a real garlic flavour but was juicy and delicious. The harissa pork was sadly on the dry side and that harissa punch I love was absent.
We were compelled by the steak gods to order the rib eye and our obedience was rewarded.
The rib eye was massive. It was cooked fairly well, though leaned a bit toward the medium side. It didn’t really matter much as it was still tender and held some nice seasoning. Overall a great cut of meat.
We used the accompanying bone marrow as a meaty butter, spreading it over the rib eye as we ate. Such a great way to add some decadence to the ultimate pub grub.
The steak also came with mashed potato and broccoli. Both were great compliments to the steak. The mash added some great creaminess thanks to the amount of butter which went in it and the broccoli held a subtle crunch.
The Botany View Hotel’s new refurbishment has crafted several different spaces to suit your mood. Along with it comes some great new additions to their food and drink menus.
Written by Lachlan Munnings