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Published August 24th 2012
So, about eight weeks ago, the Alliance Hotel, also previously known as 320 on Leichhardt, re-opened. I fondly remember drinks, dinners and live music there, so I made time for a Friday lunch there with a friend.
Veal cutlet, Parmesan & thyme crumbed, slaw, duck fat kipflers (hiding under the cutlet)
We were lucky to get the very last table, as the place was busy and a number of tables had been reserved. I was keen to try a special, so I ordered the Wagyu steak sandwich, and my friend was feeling indulgent, so he chose the veal cutlet. Over a couple of drinks, we took in the atmosphere. The venue has opened the front bar and the restaurant for the time being, the upstairs area is available for functions, and a decision has yet to be made about the basement, where I remember the live music being performed.
Before the meals arrived, I noticed another table was served some drinks, and I was interested to know what they were. Turns out it was James Squire Orchard Crush, available on tap, which is a cloudy apply cider. I asked if I could try some, and was given a small glass, which was very refreshing. The meals arrived, and as we were both hungry, it was difficult to get the pics before tucking in. Both meals were generous in size, delicious, and I loved the presentation of the chips in a mini deep-fry basket. I saw that their fish and chips were presented in a similar way.