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Birthday lunch @ Rags and Famish, North Sydney

Rags and Famish (“RnF”) has been around for a while now, 150 years to be exact, and is one of North Sydneys oldest pub. I don’t go to North Sydney very often; there is really nothing there to be honest. I used to work in North Sydney, many many years ago, and it’s busy during the weekdays but weekends, it’s like a ghost town.

I came here one lunch time for my brother’s birthday, as he works in North Sydney. Unfortunately he didn’t want anything too fancy as we were going out for a stupendous feast that night (with the family) which consists of peking duck! My brother, F, and I are quite close, in age and friendship. He’s not only a brother to me but also one of my dearest friends.

So anyway, I met F at North Sydney for a birthday lunch and he suggested RnF. We walked in and perused the bar menu which can be found on the wall above the door towards the back, near the kitchen. I was craving for something ‘comforting’. You order the food at the bar, and they will give you a buzzer. Once food is ready, they will buzz you and you collect your food.

My ‘comfort’ food was fish and chips, only because I was craving it; it’s been a while since I had good fish and chips! I was quite impressed with the serving, TWO generous fish fillets, beer battered and then deep fried. The batter was relatively thin and the fish, thick, succulent and incredibly fresh. It was GOOD! It was exactly what I wanted on a cold day. The chips were moderately thick, and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was deliciously good!

F had the Beef n Guinness pie with mash, peas and gravy. Believe it or not, he asked if he could have some chips also – talk about carb overload! The pie was also generous, crust crispy and overflowing.

The beef was tender with Guinness flavour. I wasn’t really a fan to be honest, the Guinness flavour was a little too overpowering for me, but F seemed to have enjoyed it which is the main thing! The mash was creamy, and the peas and gravy was a great compliment.

RnF, is a very ‘blokey’ pub, but one that I enjoy going to once in a while. I do remember coming here for drinks after work (when I was working in North Sydney), and it was filled with suits! It has been refurbished but still an old-school pub. They serve a wide range of beers and ale on tap. Food is not bad and the service is quite friendly. Bit out of the way now that I don’t work in North Sydney, but it is a very casual pub and has good pub grub.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Rags and Famish

199 Miller Street (Cnr Berry Street)

North Sydney, 2060

Ph: +61 2 9955 1257

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  1. September 11, 2010 at 5:28 am

    ooh your bro’s pie looks awesomely flakey! happy birthday F!

  2. Frank
    September 14, 2010 at 6:06 am

    chips and mash, what a combo, too much carbs… went there again today, the steak sandwich is great, suprisingly alittle fancy for pub grub

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