British chef Richard Allen offers up tempting pub food that channels small tapas-style plates, wood-fired pizza, salads and pasta in a thoughtfully restored, impressive historic Sydney venue. Street level greets you with a thumping pub vibe, but ascend the stairs of this old building to the velvet-upholstered lounge and Graffiti Ristorante and the atmosphere softens.
You’ll want to grab a selection of share plates. Perhaps start with the fried calamari – a generous serve of calamari, balanced by a crunchy daikon and carrot salad with a smear of wasabi and garlic mayo, or try the tender buttermilk chicken lollipops, scattered with sparkling pomegranate arils and parsley dust. Then there’s the chorizo, served in a spicy tomato braise and accompanied by a mound of rustic toasted sourdough for dunking and dipping. Equally good for sharing is Graffiti’s crisp-crusted, wood-fired margherita pizza, which is upgraded with a spiral of pesto.
PSST! The ArtHouse Hotel runs life-drawing classes in the Attic Bar on Monday evenings.