In my ever-widening search for a pub with something different, I’m forced to admit I might have misjudged the humble slider. This fast-paced yellow kitchen – clearly delineated with a suitably hipster font – produces four winning Sliders ($20/4) from a repertoire of six. “Beef” ($6) with pickles, onion, cheese and French’s yellow mustard mayo is hard to beat; but by doubling up “Vego” ($6) with grilled haloumi and a zucchini fritter, plus mixed leaves and dill yogurt, it’s a vegetarian game-changer. I even liked their brown-paper serving method that keeps ‘em separated; cuts down on mess, and allows you to two-hand them with crafty brews, like Pikes Oakbank Pilsner Lager ($8.50). Additionally, the mainstays of this old-boozer turned local community hub have been updated rather than forgotten. The Pie of the Week ($17), bearing duck, chicken and mushrooms wrapped with credible pastry and topped by intense gravy and mushy peas, makes a mighty meal. However if you’re really starving, The Vic Roast ($26) with crisp-skinned pork belly, roast vegetables, greens and gentler apple’n’cider gravy, should curb even the fiercest of appetites. A generous Sailor Jerry Jug ($22) made on fancy, organic StrangeLove ginger beer provides enough drinking fuel to check out The Projects – their outdoor space offering seating, parking, graffiti and basketball!
Vic on the Park
2 Addison Road, Marrickville
Ph: (02) 9557 1448 vichotel.com.au
Pub Bistro, Cocktails, Burgers $$-$$$