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The Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst

2009 June 24

the_beermatAn easy weeknight, neighbourhood dinner. We’ve exhausted most of the cheap and cheerful options in our immediate vicinity of Surry Hills, and we’ve heard through the grapevine that what was once The Flinders Hotel has had a change of image and ownership and is now The Local Taphouse, a beer emporium.

I figure this is brilliant for the Boyfriend as he loves his beer, so after checking out the menu we head on over.

The interior is very dark, so no interior shots I’m afraid, but take my word, very cool, hip and funky, with mismatched and clustered armchairs and couches, old industrial looking lighting and a series of suspended letters over the bar spelling out beer.

We think about heading upstairs as the main bar is actually quite noisy, but there’s a private function being held. So we hang out at our window seat perched high on stools.

The menu is great, with a range of options to suit most appetites and situations from a drink after work with a small sustaining nibble to individual pizzas and substantial mains. There are groups noshing on shared platters of nibbles, and a couple of ladies chowing down on the pizzas that look great.

We settle on a couple of mains, and order while keeping an eagle eye out for one of the few small tables located down one side of the bar (also the only spot with adequate light for photo taking!)

The Boyfriend goes for his usual steak, with the available option being a fillet steak marinated in stout with pommes anna, a roasted field mushroom & sauteed spinach and a Little Creatures Pale Ale (on tap). When I ordered I stuffed up by not ordering medium well-done as boyfriend likes it, but medium. The steak comes out fairly pink and bleeding and we ended up sending it back to be further cooked. This was entirely my fault for not ordering carefully enough:


The accompanying pommes anna, come in their own little dish:


The potatoes are tasty but incredibly oily!

I decide on the whole whole roasted baby snapper with cherry tomatoes, capers, olives and roast potato:
I love that this fish comes whole, with it’s head, and though I don’t eat eyes, I appreciate that it’s there, and it’s fierce teeth! Now you know why it’s called a snapper! The capers are tangy and provide contrast to the sweet tomatoes.

snappersnapper teeth

I could have done with some more potato as the dish is so light.  But it was delicious. The boyfriend was fascinated by my slow and deliberate dissection of my little fishy friend, and I did manage to get through most of it.

But still, we wanted dessert! Being perfect pear season it had to be the poached pear in a cinnamon, clove & star anise spiced syrup with icecream.

poached pear

The serve of ice cream was pretty small, but we end up fighting over the perfectly poached pear.

The Local Taphouse is a great little pub serving a wide range of specialist beer for the aficionado, with some great beer focussed dinners and events. Also check out the beer tasting paddle! I’d really like to go back and try more of the extensive and diverse menu.
The Local Taphouse is a little on the expensive side, both for the beer and the food (the mains), with a little too much attitude from the “too cool for school” staff. But these are only minor quibbles in a great addition to the neighbourhood.

The Local Taphouse
122 Flinders Street
(Corner of South Dowling and Flinders)
02 9360 0088

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  1. Little Red Hen permalink
    June 24, 2009

    Yours looks good-though the fish face is fairly despairing in a dead sort of way! Hardly surprising I guess. And at least they actually cooked the steak to order too-usually you’d order it a step down from where you wanted it done so when they overcooked it you’d have it just the way you want, eh? That’s impressive for a pub…

  2. June 25, 2009

    i’ve heard good things about the food from friends. apparently the crispy pork belly is very good. I’ve tried a beer there and decor is cool. you’ve just reminded me to blog it too — i thought I had before but must have forgot. shame about the little serving of ice cream — that’s a bit stingy!

  3. June 25, 2009

    Love the shot of the poached pear!

  4. June 25, 2009

    oh i love baby snapper! and love that you got the whole thing, eyeballs included! that poached pear reminds me of perama.. which reminds me of yummy pastries… lol. yum.

  5. June 25, 2009

    The snappy looks scary, but glad it tasted good. I am extremely jealous of where you live, you are in close proximity to some great eateries!

  6. June 26, 2009

    OMG you have to eat the eyes! LOL (you can tell I’m asian can’t you?) But I do agree those eyes look particularly scary!

  7. June 29, 2009

    That snapper doesn’t look too happy, does he?
    The poached pear sounds divine 😛

  8. June 30, 2009

    That snapper looks brilliant!

  9. June 30, 2009

    Great pictures! I love places that combine good beer with good food – how was the food & beer matching?

  10. July 1, 2009

    Eek. Was a little taken aback with the snapper photo. Peering in close to the laptop screen and then that photo comes into view!

    It does look wonderfully fresh & delish though!

  11. July 2, 2009

    hehe, I love the closeup fish photo – the cheeks are the best. Good on you for getting into it!

  12. July 2, 2009

    @Foodlover We didn’t do the food & beer matching on this visit, maybe soon!

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