The Rozelle/Balmain area is home to many a delightful pub, and none more so delightful than 3 Weeds. Present in the neighbourhood since way back in 1881, the institution has carved a name for itself as an award-winning, fine dining venue.
No expense has been spared with the interior, resplendent in beautiful wooden ceiling beams which are adorned with hanging chandeliers. This is far from your standard neighbourhood bar, with many rooms on offer all with a different vibe. There is the fine-dining restaurant, the back bar bistro, the wine bar, the lounge, the intimate living room and of course the front bar. Many of these rooms are available for private hire and each maintain their own individual style and character.
But forget the wine bar and the restaurant for now, today we're talking about pub grub. Although the term pub grub doesn't quite give the food at 3 Weeds the billing it deserves. Granted it offers much of what you would expect from a bar menu; with pizzas, fish and chips, salads and pies; but it is the quality of the cooking and ingredients that sets it apart from your average schnitzel joint. In addition to the main courses, there is a snack menu with dishes that are great for sharing.
My companion and I chose the chat potatoes with chilli salt and sour cream and the crispy chicken wings with spicy BBQ sauce to start. The chat potatoes were perfectly done, with a salty, crispy skin and delicate fluffy potato inside, balanced by the sour cream. The chicken wings were juicy and tender and the spicy BBQ sauce was genuinely finger-lickin' good.
Of course we're in a bar here, so the food has got to be washed down with something. Thankfully the taps at 3 Weeds are a tad more sophisticated than Carlton, New and VB. The taps range from Aussie classics like James Squire Fifty Lashes to European treats like Franziskaner Weissbier. There's also a wide range of ciders, perfect for the tail end of summer.
Onto our mains and like so many people, my companion couldn't see past the fish and chips. The beer battered fish was beautifully light and crisp, with flaky, fresh fish and the home-made tartar was tart and creamy and complimented the dish excellently. The chips were chunky and crispy and seasoned perfectly. I opted for the steak sandwich with Swiss cheese and onion relish. The steak was perfectly cooked, and as opposed to the usual thin strip of steak, my sandwich was a rather enjoyable whack of meat. The Swiss cheese and the tangy, tart onion relish set the mouth-watering sandwich off perfectly.
After the fairly hefty steak sandwich, I truly had no more room for dessert which was a crying shame as the banana split with caramel fudge sauce, almond, marshmallows and ice-cream sounds just divine. That'll have to save for my next visit, which I can guarantee there will be.