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The Forresters

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Photograph: Yasmin Mund
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Photograph: Yasmin Mund
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Phylli's interior at the Forresters
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Time Out says

This Surry Hills saloon has had a flash new fit-out but Monday's cut-price steaks are staying put

The Forresters is one of those mainstays of Surry Hills pubdom that no matter how hard anyoe tried to upgrade it, it remained a staunchly loveable local watering hole. The latest facelift has come care of the Applejack Hospitality group, who run the Butler, the Botanist in Kirribilli and SoCal. They've applied a little magic pixie dust, but not too much, to the bones of this corner hotel, giving the dining room a botanical facelift, and the public bar a spit and polish, revealing its best self without wiping out its unkempt charms. They've kept the exposed beams and wooden floors and added more timber cladding around the bar. It's rustic and practical and the right speed for a venue that gets quite rowdy when the Swans win down at the SCG.

Phylli's is the name of the dining room, which nudges things a few notches higher on the price point. You can book brunches in front of the beautiful garden mural, or order lunch or dinner under the baskets of hanging plants. The bottomless rosé lunch option on weekends is killer – for $79, you'll start with a rosé spritz, move on to a shared feast featuring salmon tiradito (a kind of spiced ceviche), barbecued corn on the cob, an heirloom tomato salad, and a lot more – all set to the background tune of endless rosé, of course, when you head in between noon-3pm and book for at least four people.  

If you're just going à la carte, the Phylli's menu also features the likes of roast free-range chicken; barramundi fillets; and a whole head of cauliflower dressed in smoked almond cream and chipotle. On most days the steaks are a higher-end choice – both the wagyu rump and the sirloin clock in over $30 – but on Mondays, as tradition dictates, there is still a $10 steak and chips special when you order a drink.

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Address: Cnr Foveaux and Riley St
Surry Hills
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-11pm; Thu 11.30am-midnight; Fri, Sat 11.30am-1am; Sun 11.30am-10pm
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