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The Animal Restaurant - Newtown Hotel

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published February 1st 2013
Taking pub food to the next level
Heading down the the local for a feed has really evolved to a sophisticated dining experience at The Animal. Walk into a funky dining room, choose from one of 20 beers from around the globe or a host of Australian brewed ales (and don't start me on the cocktails and wine list), then try to decide what delicacies will make up your Greek feast.

Our group was lunch with friends, four adults and three children, so we were catering across the board for tastes.

We ordered some bread and warm olives while we looked at the menu to keep the children quiet. From the black lava salt to the cute caviar tin for the pits, clearly a lot of thought went into the details of this establishment.

The Salt Cod Croquettes with cauliflower garlic puree & burnt butter are a must - the cod is in delicate balance, not overpowering the other flavours.

Then came the onslaught of delicious dishes to suit every palate. From the spit, we ordered the juicy and tender Coal Roasted Suckling Lamb, rubbed with lemon, garlic & bay leaf and cooked to perfection.

We also got the Spring Chicken with fennel salt & thyme, which pleased both adults and children alike.

Amazingly the two generous serves of "backyard style" Lemon Roasted Potatoes proved too much for our entourage, and for the first time ever, my eldest son had eaten his fill! The Braised Green Beans with tomato, garlic and olive oil were enticing enough for my reluctant vegetable-eating tot, who for once merrily joined in the family meal.

One son chose not to join in the shared cuisine, and opted for the Lamb Leg skewer with mountain oregano, which was served with grilled flat bread, tzatziki and a red onion, tomato and parsley salad. The individual serves are equally generous, should you be dining alone.

Alas there was no room for dessert after such an indulgent meal, but there's an interesting range of sweets for those who have been more restrained in their ordering.

If you want to be assured a table, you do need to book, as it's a understandably a very popular eatery.
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Why? Great food in relaxed but funky setting
When: From midday til close
Phone: 02 9557 6399
Where: Upstairs, 174 King Street Newtown NSW 2042
Cost: Varies but very reasonable
Your Comment
Wow, those are huge portions. It sounds like they have some really interesting and different dishes there.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12512) 2541 days ago
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