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Published January 4th 2018
One of the many great deals on offer
Early last year, the former Sugarmill Hotel transformed into what is now known as The Potts Point Hotel, its owners rebranding to accommodate the changes within the local area. These days, the Potts Point Hotel probably has what you've been looking for in this neck of the woods. Outdoor seating? Tick. Smokehouse-style menu? Tick. Boutique beers? Tick. Spirited cocktails? Tick. Depending on the day of the week you visit, you'll also enjoy some amazing cheap eats.
A few Monday's ago, we were on Darlinghurst Road in Potts Point and looking for somewhere to have lunch. We hadn't been in the area for quite a while, and didn't know where to go. However, the solution ended up being very simple: We stumbled upon $10 Burger Mondays at Potts Point Hotel!
We chose a booth with a large window inside instead of the tables and chairs outside (However, both areas are perfect for people-watching) and perused the menu. We were a little early for lunch but the place soon became busy. Ordering at the bar, I was happy to find a veggie option on the burger list and ordered the lentil & mushroom veggie burger w/ baby spinach, pickled cucumber, sriracha, (I had mine without the lime mayo it usually comes with) Normally $19.00. It had a lightly smoked flavour infused into it – The result: A tasty, terrific burger creation. My fellow diner ordered the Wagyu beef burger American cheese, lettuce, pickles & bacon jam, usually $20.00 and was very happy. The burgers come with thick-cut fries, perfect for a casual lunch.
Other burger choices are: Pulled pork with pickled red cabbage and smoky BBQ sauce, beef brisket burger with cheddar, iceberg and BBQ sauce and a grilled chicken burger, with lettuce, cheese, pickle and chipotle mayo.
Apart from their burgers, they have a quality menu which takes its cues from the US and highlight that all their meats are smoked using sustainable woods for up to 8 hours.
The menu is more for meat eaters, however, there are some delicious veggie finds to discover, so there's something for everyone.
Their drinks menu will ensure your evening never runs dry, with an extensive beer, wine, cocktail and aperitifs menu. Keep an eye out for their dangerously drinakable exotic cocktails complete with stories of historical Potts Point figures such as Slessor Sling: Bulleit Bourbon, lemon, elderflower, green tea $18, Tilly's Razorblade: Havana Club 3, lime, honey, cayenne pepper $17, Carlotta Collins: Tanqueray, Aperol, ruby grapefruit, salted rim $17, or the Rum Rafferty: Bundaberg Small Batch, orange, clove & dark chocolate $18.
From there, if you can't put the party cork back in the bottle - They also house a rooftop bar called Sweethearts (Open 4pm-late Monday to Friday. 12pm-late Saturday and Sunday.) where you can continue the party in an area perfect for drinks under the stars, long lunches, sunset parties, banquets and other events.
Weekly specials on offer: Mondays: $10 Burgers Tuesdays: $12 rump steaks with fries, coleslaw and gravy. Wednesdays: $20 Fish & Goose - Fish and chips with a Goose Island IPA Saturday/Sundays: Kids eat free until 8:00 pm with maximum of two children per adult ordering a main meal. Sundays from 5.30 pm: $25 The Smoked Feast - Smoked brisket, pulled pork, house corn bread, coleslaw & fries.