Perched on the corner of Florence and Macquarie St is Teneriffe’s new local, the Dalgety Public House. Fusing a contemporary, refreshing interior with classic, tasty pub food, this is a restaurant and bar where you want the staff to know your name and can expect this to happen.
With natural light streaming through the large windows, you can easily curl up on one of the booth seats, with a furry cushion your new best friend, or perch on a stool at the large, black marble benchtop. Timber finishes, throw rugs and Uashmama bags spilling with daisies cinch the deal and make this the homiest bar that you want to spend your Friday night at.
The staff are generous and kind, quick to share a joke or recommend their favourite dishes on the menu. I visited recently for lunch on a Tuesday, and as the restaurant was quite quiet in only its first week, my friend and I were treated to a free schooner of Stone and Wood Pale Ale as they tapped into the keg. Anywhere that gives me a free drink (and one of the few beers I really enjoy) is a friend of mine and one I will definitely return to. Their wine menu is on point and the cocktails list is hard to tear your eyes away from on a midweek lunch. Ain’t nobody tearing me away from it after 5.
The food menu covers shared plates, light meals and big plates to cover any appetite and suit all groups. The arancini balls received a rave review and I am definitely returning to try the GSF grass fed rack of lamb with a parsley and mustard crumb, roasted pumpkin, feta and rocket. Dalgety serves pub food on steroids and I do not have a problem with this.
For my own lunch, I went for my staple favourite of Chicken Parmigiana. A tender piece of chicken was deep fried to perfection (look, any deep fried chicken is pretty darn perfect), topped with a creamy passata, prosciutto (fancy parmy!) and cheese. As far as a chicky chicky parm parm goes, it was pretty darn good. Served with chips and a green salad that you actually want to eat, this was a very satisfying lunch.
The other dishes sampled were the Roasted beetroot, caramelised peach and pine nut salad. The veggies provided heaps of juicy flavour with the pine nuts adding that necessary crunch. Eaten with a tasty side of sweet potato fries, our lunch hit the spot.
Finding a local pub that doesn’t have sticky floors and does have good dranks, tasty food and friendly staff is a sign that your life is on the right track. Hitting up this local with your mates will get your weekend on track.