The Dolphin hotel has long been in Surry Hills and a popular venue for those that love a good meal and a drink or two. It is open 7 days a week for all day dining from midday til late. You can book or generally be pretty lucky with walk-ins. We often sit out the front on their long tables but there’s also an indoor dining room, and outdoor space on the terrace upstairs as well as private spaces for functions.
We’ve recently been twice as we enjoyed it so much and have thus sampled lots of their food. The food ranges from quite upmarket dishes to pizzas and burgers and you can eat any of the food in any dining space. The indoors is more of an upmarket setting and a little more casual outside.
We began with a few small plates to share; San Danielle Proscuitto (aged 18 months), served with melon, as well as the whipped ricotta dip with Vincotto, roasted grapes lemon and olive oil. This pairs nicely with the fluffy foccacia and a glass of one of their natural wines or cocktails. Their margarita is excellent, a gin and tonic or even a negroni.
Moving on, light dish that can also be eaten as a starter, and one we quite liked is the grilled octopus with salsa verde, marinated nicely with green olives, white beans and herbs, and the octopus was nice and soft and had been prepared well.
The king prawn linguine was another great dish, beautifully cooked, flavoured with the Crustacean XO Butter and lemon, the linguine was superb and not too heavy which is good whilst you’re out having a few drinks.
We had a really nice brined and roasted free range chicken; this method of cooking ensured it stayed super moist inside with a flavourful skin, served with polenta, tarragon and greens. A decent sized dish too.
The 450g T-Bone was a great option to share, the meet perfectly cook to our ordering requirements and served sliced with the bone. Just seasoned with olive oil and lemon, this is a really good meat.
Whilst you’re there, it’s highly recommended you get a burger and a pizza, and our choice was the fried chicken burger and the Pepperoni Du Bufala – double pepperoni, tomato, fresh buffalo mozzarella and woodfired.
We ordered sides of broccolini with chilli and garlic as well as shoestring fries.
We finished off with their Delfina Tiramisu, a huge slice of coffee soaked Savoiardi, Tasmanian Mascarpone, Vanilla Bean, Marsala and Coffee Liqueur provides for a creamy and delicious dessert.
It really is a good space for a meal and catch up with friends.
412 Crown St Surry Hills
12-12 daily (10 on Sundays)