Spiced-up classics and a wide variety of beers keep things fresh at this 160-year-old city pub
There’s plenty of history within the walls of this revamped 19th century pub, but what they’re putting on the pass is far more contemporary. It’s pub grub with a spicy edge, the stamp of head chef Gary Thakur, who has brought the flavours of his North Indian-upbringing to Circular Quay. Chicken burgers are paired with wasabi coleslaw, pork ribs are peppered with cayenne, and sweet potato fries are dusted with cajun spice. You can order a bowl of lentil sprout salad if you’re so inclined, but it’s all about big, hearty, beer-cushioning bites here. Order a three cheese and bacon burger layered with Brie, blue and Emmental, or split the meat lovers’ platter with a mate, digging into brisket, chorizo, smoked sausage and pulled pork served with pickles, jalapeño mayo and soft bread rolls.
Outside, the open-air beer garden and long communal tables make it an attractive spot for city workers or travellers in the warmer months. More than 20 different beers are on offer, making it a place where you could find a new favourite brew.
|Venue name:||Customs House Bar|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu-Fri 11am-late|