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The Dove & Olive

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published May 5th 2016
Fantastic beer and pub food with an American twist
The Dove and Olive is located at 156 Devonshire Street in Surry Hills and it's a pub that has plenty going on right throughout the year. When I first walked into the bar I felt that it had taken me back to some of the pubs that I had visited while holidaying in the US and Canada.

Get there early and have a beer or two, as you will need to find a parking spot. Image by Gary Brown.

Downstairs you have the main bar, lounge bar and a small outdoors courtyard. Upstairs you will find a couple of dining areas and a balcony that can be easily converted into one or two function rooms. All of which have big wide screen TVs, where you could sit or stand and watch the footy.

Plenty of room, but make sure that you book a table. Image by Gary Brown

The downstairs courtyard is the place to be. Image by Gary Brown

Carl and I visited the Dove and Olive midweek just before noon to find that there were not many people there. At first I thought that this was a bit strange as the pub was opened from 10am weekdays and 11am on the weekends. What I did notice as I walked around was that most of the tables upstairs had names of it saying that they were reserved.

They came in their droves. Image by Gary Brown

I found out that even though the pub opens at 10am, the kitchen doesn't open until 11.30am. The earlier opening time would give you time to settle in and try a beer or two before lunch. Decisions, decisions! There are so many to choose from!

Now which beer did I have? Image by Gary Brown

It wasn't long before the groups of people started to file in and those tables started to fill up, so we quickly browsed through the menu to make our selection for lunch. Upon doing so I noticed that on the menu, not only did it have a great range of food, there was a symbol beside each of the dishes. Each one represented a pub suggestion of what drink would best accompany the snacks/entrée, mains from the grill, salads and even dessert.

How cool is this! Image by Gary Brown

We thought that this would take away the decision of what beer to have with each meal. Well, it did in a way, but there was still a couple of decisions we had to make.

Beer & steak! What could be just as good? A steak and wine maybe? Image by Gary Brown

I ordered the gluten free Baked Buffalo Hot Chicken Wings, served with blue vein cheese dip and lemon for my entrée and the certified 150-day grain Australian 220g Black Angus Rump with American blue vein cheese sauce & asparagus spears for main.

Yum venison pie. Image by Gary Brown

While Carl decided on the crisp Fried Calamari with chilli salt & lemon-lime aioli for his entrée and the Braised Venison Pie in a chilli chocolate sauce served with a garden salad.

Carl couldn't wait to dig in. Image by Gary Brown

Now, as to which beer to have with each meal, the suggestion was to Pilsner/Lager with the entrees and either an India Pale ale, Red or Amber Ale. As there were so many different ones to choose from, we left the decision up to the barman. We weren't disappointed on the ones that they picked.

One mistake that I made was that I didn't let the waiter know that we were going to need a break between the entrees and the mains. It all came at once. But this didn't seem to worry us as we tucked into the food.

If you get a chance I would check out the menu on their website and you will be pleased to see that the cost of the meals is not astronomical. They are very reasonable and they also have special meals on certain days. Lobster Tail Po'boy with horseradish mayo, housemade slaw and chives on Tuesdays sounds great.

If you can't decide on what to order from the menu, I noticed that there were three suggestion boards placed throughout the establishment that had a varieties of snack, main meals and desserts you could choose from.

The Chef's suggestions regularly change. S o keep an eye out. Image by Gary Brown

Before going I had the chance to check out the Dove and Olive website and came across the Craft Beer Fight Club. No, it's not where two people get up and fight; it's a night where two or more brewers present their best beers to the patrons and debate and qualify why their beer should take out the Golden Growler Award. Ultimately the recipient of the Golden Growler not only wins a plaque on the Dove and Olive Golden Growler trophy, but also wins one of the coveted taps at the D&O as Beer of the Month.

Tickets come in the way of The Heavyweight Beer Nerd Ticket: $30 (gets you four schooners) or The Featherweight Beer Nerd Ticket: $20 (if you prefer middies) to taste, debate and rate on the night. Craft Beer Fight Club has been known to sell-out, so get your tickets quick!

I have been to Opera in the Pub before and I did notice that the Dove & Olive had an event called Around the World of Opera on Sunday the 26th of June. If you have never been or have been to the opera before, this show will have you on the edge of your seat while laughing all the way through the evening.

Opera in the Pub with Beer & Steak. What could be better? Image courtesy of the D & O.

If beer not your thirst quencher of choice, they also make a range of delicious cocktail specials combining seasonal ingredients and inspirations. If a glass of vino is more to your liking, the cellar holds a unique and extensive wine list featuring the best Italian, American, Australian and New Zealand wines curated by award-winning wine judge, Lynette Hazard.

It is also a great place to hold a birthday party, work function or just weekly or monthly get together, with both indoor and outdoor with spaces to suit your requirements. You can have it fully catered for, pick your own or opt for a degustation menu to satisfy your taste buds.

I would like to thank the management for inviting Carl and I along to check out this great establishment.

I'll be back. Image by Gary Brown

The Dove & Olive an Award Winning pub. Image courtesy of the D & O.

If you are looking for an award-winning pub to go for a lunch, dinner or just to hang out? You should give the Dove and Olive a go as their food, beer, atmosphere and staff were brilliant.

Even the moose was keeping an eye on us. Image by Gary Brown
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Why? They have it all under one roof
When: Mon – Fri 10:00 – midnight Sat – Sun 11:00 – midnight
Phone: (02) 9699 6001
Where: 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, 2010, NSW
Cost: Check out the website for prices
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