Opposite the Royal Orchid hotel. So close to Fields Ave and easy to find.
Compact stylish interior with nice lighting and good AC. Nice bar with barstools along one wall or you can sit at tables and chairs. Even has 2 small table outside on the entry veranda.
We were heartily greeted by a smiling Australian host keen to point out they have 5 or 6 draft beer on tap and a selection of German beer. Good. A nice arrival, so first impressions were very positive.
I ordered Fish and Chips and my friend the Ozy burger, thinking this was food that this Australian Pub place should be able to do well.
We ordered Cafe Lattes while we waited to eat...100p. They were served in stylish high glasses on saucers.. They looked really nice.
Took a sip and my smile disappeared. The Latte was very watery, not milky. Probably 1/4 milk and the rest water. Poor. I drank only half of mine.
Food arrived in about 15min, so quickly. Good.
I had the Fish in beer batter and chips with mushy peas 410p..
It was served in a stylish log fire style with the thin french fries as the starter wood and 4 sticks of battered fish as the fire logs with some green garnish on top. The peas where in a tiny bowl on the side.
So very nice stylish presentation, but as soon as I removed the garnish I could see there was very little food on the plate
The 4 small battered fish sticks contained very little fish, so were mainly batter and thus oily.
There was an Ok amount of Ok thin French Fries, though they were not very hot.
The peas were a tinny amount of puréed peas with way too much added mint.
Given the small size and the quality this was over priced at 420p. Fail.
A ccomparable but better meal is the Puzzles Cafe's - London Fish & Chips. A good amount of battered fish simply presented with chips and side of veg at 320p. This is larger and better and a main meal size.
My friend had the Ozy burger. A high stacked burger stylishly skewered with a knife in place of the usual bamboo skewer, served on a wooden rectangle as a plate.
This all initially looked very nice but the wooden plate was too thin for the burger so its contents leaked over the edges onto the table. Style over practicality. He asked it be put on a normal plate to make it easier to eat.
The burger came with an Ok amount of Ok thin French Fries and had all the expected contents.
The beef panty was Ok but didn’t have much flavor and there was way too much barbeque sauce which over whelmed other flavors.
Overall my friend said the burger was nothing special and overpriced at 420p for what it was.
A comparable but better meal is the simply presented but good Bunny Restaurant - Ozy Works burger.
A high stack burger with everything for 280p, but does not come with fries.
Overall - After a good initial impression, that raised our expectations, this was a big letdown.
A lot of attention has gone to the presentation, but the food and coffee itself is lacking.
There are other reviews on piatnight.com some of which are more positive if you are interested to have a look.
To be successful I think this place needs to go 1 of 2 ways.
Pay as much attention to the food as they are to the presentation and it can keep its prices as they are and be satisfied with lower food sales and be more of a bar.
Or, simplify the food to what you would get in a real Australian Street corner Pub and lower the prices by 25% to match the competition. This should get higher food sales supported by the bar. So customers can come in and have a draft beer or 2 and a quick simple but good meal and be out in say 45 minutes or less.
I think the 2nd approach has a better chance of working, but something has to change.