Ticking all the boxes and being located within a stone's throw away from Broadway Shopping Centre, Chippendale and Central Train Station, the lavish art deco Broadway Crown (formally known as The Broadway Hotel) certainly offers something different from your standard local pub and is a must visit, whether it is for some after-work drinks or a hearty bite to eat.
The interior is darkened and relaxed with lashings of exposed brick walls, framed photographs, and lush green ferns, making the ambience casual and somewhat intimate without taking away from group gatherings.
It can get quite crowded quickly, however, the vibes still remain cosy and relaxed.
It certainly does offer a cosy refuge away from the hustle and bustle of Chippendale!
The menu is contemporary as well as being quite captivating with offerings of handpicked craft beers, signature cocktails and a food menu, which not only offers pub grub favourites, but also tastes from Asian and Mexican cuisines with foodie dishes including Chorizo Quesadillas, Crown Fajitas, Mexican Nachos, Korean Fried Chicken Wings, and Peking Duck Pizza.
We tried The Fairy Floss Martini ($16) and Colonial Sour Beer ($12).
The Fairy Floss Martini was a cocktail that took me back to my childhood memories at fairs and fetes where we will indulge in the sugary sweet goodness of fairy floss, but putting my childhood nostalgia aside, this cocktail was purely for adults only!
The Korean Fried Chicken Wings with sweet and sticky sauce, sesame and shallot was exactly as described and true to its name. They were sweet and certainly sticky! You also got a slight hit of heat on the back of your palate.
For our mains, we ordered Mighty Crown Double ($22) and Crispy Peking Duck Pizza ($20).
The Mighty Crown Burger included double beef patty cooked to perfection (medium), Double American cheese, crispy bacon, cider pickles, fresh tomato, potato wedges and Broadway Crown's signature Crown Sauce served with steak chips.
Overall, all the components of the Mighty Crown Burger were not overpowering and all the ingredients worked perfect with each other, creating one 'burgerlicious' feast.
The burger came together like a dream come true. It was everything it promised to be and it left your mouth watering over the aromas, textures and flavours. Without a doubt, Broadway Crown certainly do know how to cook up a 'mean' burger that will be remembered for quite some time.
The Crispy Peking Duck Pizza was served on a hoisin base with duck meat, cheese garnished with cucumber, shallots and coriander topped with orange cinnamon glaze.
The addition of cucumbers and coriander really added the freshness to the pecking duck, which was seasoned with a generous helping of hoisin sauce.
The flavours worked well together and the base being thin (I love thin pizza base) allowed the toppings to shine and to be enjoyed without the overwhelming thick dough distracting the topping flavours.
Honestly, we both did not know what to expect here. Were they going to be like cinnamon swirls but with chocolate? Maybe they were brownies in the shape of swirls? We discussed how these Brownie Swirls were going to be, till they hit the table...
We both were taken aback by this Brownie Swirl dessert. They looked like mini sausage rolls but in a sweet version and I was instantly looking forward to sinking my teeth in their chocolatey goodness.
They might not have been swirls or brownies, but they were still delicious.
The pastry was cooked right (a couple pieces were slightly overcooked) and the chocolate inside was heavenly and the drizzle of Belgium chocolate on top of the "Brownie Swirls" with the serving of vanilla ice cream combined together in one mouthful was quite delectable and enjoyable.