Family fare at The Quarie

THE Quarie Bar and Brasserie in bustling Hammond Park is as family-friendly as suburban pubs come.

It was the perfect place to take the new-born, three-year-old, mother-in-law and missus for a well deserved dinner after a couple of sleepless nights attending to a demanding baby.

The menu is a typically mismatched combination of fare, designed to attract all tastes. Vegetarians are catered for with a selection of starters and mains including bruschetta ($15) and Haloumi with spiced polenta cake ($21). Fish and meats rule this menu though, with a handful of modern-Asian dishes included.

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None of us could agree on an entree to share so we each ordered our own.

Paula’s baked camembert ($15) was forgettable as it could have done with a few extra minutes under the salamander but Kylie’s aranchini balls ($15) were incredible. They were hot and crunchy and the sun-dried tomato and basil filling was creamy and rich. Easily the best dish of the night.

I intentionally ordered the spicy buffalo wings ($15) knowing Kylie and her mum couldn’t handle the heat. I told them they were really spicy, but they were quite mild (more for me, you see). Full of flavour though and the blue cheese dipping sauce made them even tastier.

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Kylie and I couldn’t help but dive into Paula’s salt and pepper squid ($23) the moment it hit the table. It’s a standard offering but very moreish as calamari so often is when done right – not too oily and only lightly battered.

The ever-frugal Kylie ordered straight from the specials menu. Her chicken chow mein ($22) was saucy and heavy on flavour. It was full of chunky vegetables and thick noodles – nothing like that 70’s inspired, quick-dish our mothers used to throw together when we were young.

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Pad Thai is my favourite Asian dish and the Quarie’s is a massive offering. The big bowl was chock full of stir-fried rice noodles, egg, firm tofu and a generous amount of moist chicken. It was delicious and would give some local Asian restaurants a run for their money.

The Quarie has a warm, friendly atmosphere with a terrific beer garden which includes lawn space for the kids to run amok, or for the bigger kids to kip if they’ve had a few to many brewskis. Don’t go expecting Michelin quality tucker, but it’s safe to say you won’t be leaving with any complaints.

by MATTHEW EELES

The Quarie Bar & Brasserie
2  
Macquarie Blvd, Hammond Park
9414 3500
Sun – Thurs, 11am to 10pm
Fri – Sat, 11am to midnight

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