What's winter without a hearty roast dinner on a chilly Sunday?
They like to change things up for their Sunday roasts, but on our visit we are pleased as punch with half a chook served with a hearty gravy, big chunks of roast potato, pumpkins and carrots, and a sprinkling of chives. It’s a budget-friendly bet at $15 and comes in generous portions, putting that post-roast nap pretty high on the agenda. Surry Hills.
The Four in Hand kitchen is all over the roast meats business. The sunny bar is significantly less crowded at lunch and it means you are guaranteed a plate – they sold out by 6pm on one of our visits. We receive two generous slices of roast pork belly with crisp salty crackling, roast carrot, cauliflower, pumpkin and potato with a rich gravy. It’s a lot of food so if you want to sleep in and have a combined breakfast/lunch roast you’ll have our full support. Paddington.
The Centennial The Sunday roast at the Centennial is best enjoyed up at the zinc bar with a glass of wine, friendly Irish banter from the bartenders and a good view of the dining room. It’s not cheap at $35, but it is delicious. On our visit it is sliced flank steak in a light, peppery jus joined by silky mash, roast heirloom carrots in an alarming shade of indigo, sweet cubes of beetroot, Dutch carrots and cress. Woollahra.
The Sunday roast here pulls a serious crowd. For $23 you get two slices of perfectly pink roast beef, roast tatties, one enormous roast carrot, broccoli, a swipe of mustard and a big, puffed-up Yorkshire pudding with a well of gravy inside. They will reserve tables, which is a particularly good idea if the weather is suspect, or you can book for ten people and host your own roast. Lunch is your best bet either way. They often sell out by dinner and all the craft beer in the world isn’t much consolation when your heart was set on a roast. Darlinghurst.
On any other day you can build your own dinner from a selection of coal-roasted meats and sides at the Animal, but on Sundays they’ll plate you a $20 Greek-inspired roast with the lot: tender pulled lamb topped with a dollop of tzatziki, golden baby potatoes and braised green beans with tomato. A squeeze of lemon juice cuts through all the richness and an earthy nebbiolo from the wine taps completes this picture of wintry bliss up on the sunny balcony. Newtown.
The Sunday roast is a hot ticket. Forty-five minute wait times are not unheard of, but with winter sun streaming through the windows of the British-styled gastro-pub and a local beer from Balmain Brewing Co in hand there are worse places to kill some time. As a reward for our patience we get a pink slice of roast beef with peas, asparagus, roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and a golden fried ball of goat’s cheese and cauliflower. Plus you get an excellent condiments trifecta of gravy, mustard and horseradish cream. Balmain.
They used to host a more traditional roast but people weren’t that keen on meat and three veg on the day of rest so they got creative. On our visit the Sunday special is a juicy hunk of slow-cooked lamb that comes with fregola (Italian-style cous cous) ragu with capers and black olives providing an acidic kick that cuts through the richness. Rozelle.