Chelsea Hotel

Eeek I have been so behind in my posts. Apologies, guys. After this one I’ve just got another quinoa salad recipe to post up, and I’ll be baking later this afternoon…..wow, it just never stops, does it?? :)

Anyway, this post is a review from last weekend where Blondie and I went to Chatswood to see the new Bond movie, Skyfall, and decided to go somewhere for a nibble first before the late showing. We decided on going to the Chelsea Hotel, a bar we’ve been to many times (I’d go so far as to dub it ‘our local’) with friends and others for a relaxed meal and drink as it’s conveniently close to the station and bus interchange.

The meals are fairly standard pub fare, although the menu has previously ranged from your regular schnitzel and mash to salmon and eye fillet steaks. The last time we went we were delighted to see the more styled spin on the menu, with tantalising options such as seared scallop linguine with cream sauce. This was just over a month ago, so when Blondie and I arrived this night, we were surprised to see that the menu had changed yet again. Were they under new management?

After a brief look at the clipboard menu, I decided to go with what had originally caught my eye when I entered the bar, being the first special on the blackboard menu: Chilli lime prawns, salad of mint, mango, truss tomato, pineapple, Spanish onion, avocado, rocket, olive oil ($17). Perhaps a shade expensive for what is just, after all, a salad, but with the amount of ingredients listed, I didn’t quite know what to expect. As a typical bar, you place your order and pay at the counter to be provided with a buzzer. My buzzer went off a short time later and I was astounded to see how my salad had been presented.

A touch too much Spanish onion for me, but the salad was deliciously fragrant and full of creamy, generous chunks of avocado and mango, and juicy pineapple. I demolished this salad while I had a Strawberry and Lime Rekorderlig, a first to be stocked at the Chelsea, which was priced at $12 – certainy not the cheapest I’ve seen it at restaurant prices. The cider is resfreshing, fruity, and goes down easily. Maybe a little too easily.

Blondie wasn’t very peckish and so went for a Rocket, Parmesan, pear salad with balsamic dressing ($12), and was very happy with it. She adored the big, generous shavings of the Parmesan.

After finishing our meal, we then proceeded to head to Coles to pick up some obligatory junk food before making our way to our movie. And yes, the Bond movie was very good, and yes, you should see it. I’m not a Bond fan in the slightest and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Chelsea does $5 house wine, spirits and tap beer on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays also have $8 cocktails.

Chelsea Hotel
14 Railway St, Chatswood NSW 2067
(02) 9411 4995
www.chelseahotel.com.au

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