The Old Fitz in Woolloomooloo came to our attention through the timeout bar awards, where they won “best bar food”. We liked the sound of the menu so we figured we’d grab a few foodie friends and check it out for ourselves.
We went on a Friday night and it was a lively place with punters enjoying a beer on the sidewalk of the establishment and throughout the two story building which has plenty of great beer on tap.
It’s an electric atmosphere, both the crowd and venue. Whilst it’s a refurbished old pub, it still carries the old world charm. The building has been around since the 1860’s and you can see some old portraits adorning the crimson walls.
It’s pub lovers menu serving up British gastropub inspired delights. What could be better than a rissole sandwich with a beef mince patty in the sandwich with mustard, ketchup, parsley, melted cheddar and beetroot. Very moist and juicy, this was certainly a surprise packet and one of the favourite bites from our sitting.
The crunchy outer casing was a good start to the scotch egg with oozing yolk, kept together with sausage mince of pork neck, bacon, sage and white pepper. A delicious mix of ingredients and a perfect snack.
The dish which enticed our visit was the scallop potato scallop. Pretty much your old school potato scallop with a seafood scallop inside. A very good potato scallop with a beautifully crisp batter but the sea scallop was kind of lost in it.
We enjoyed the cauliflower cheese tart with butter lettuce and also the beetroot dish.
Both had great flavour combinations and the beetroot dish had hazelnuts, which provided a crunch element and the horseradish gave a nice contrast to the pickled beetroot. A lovely option for vegetarian diners too.
The raw beef on dripping toast is their version of a beef tartare with nicely seasoned meat.
Since we’re there around Christmas time we opt for a festive dish, the Christmas pudding custart tart. A lovely dessert to finish off the dining experience.
If you’re looking for a gastro pub with a cool vibe, then check this place out.
(02) 9356 3848
129 Dowling St Woolloomooloo, 2011
Wednesday – Saturday 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Monday – Saturday 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 9:00pm