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The Duke of Enmore Has Revamped Its Menu with the Help of an Ex-Restaurant Hubert Chef

It has also opened a pickleback bar and is offering free live music almost every day of the week.
By Ben Hansen
June 23, 2021
By Ben Hansen
June 23, 2021

UPDATE Tuesday, 29 June: The Duke of Enmore's new food and drink menu is available for pickup or delivery, including the eggplant katsu sandwich, all the pickleback shots and a range of meal deals to enjoy at home. Also, being the legends they are, The Duke team is offering free meals and drinks to hospitality workers out-of-work due to the lockdown.

Since reopening late last year, inner west stalwart The Duke of Enmore has regained its place as a bustling Enmore Road favourite. Serving up hearty pub feeds, live music aplenty and the bar's signature picklebacks, The Duke has seen a fully fledged revival over the past nine months. Now, its owners are looking to cement its place in the hearts of inner west locals by taking each of those elements to another level with a new-look menu, a dedicated pickleback bar and even more live music.

The new menu comes from the minds of Odd Culture Group Executive Chef James MacDonald (ex-Restaurant Hubert, St John) and The Duke's newly appointed Head Chef Doug Alvarenga (ex-Porteño). The mealtime offerings are centred around the venue's new custom-built woodfire oven and charcoal grill, and pulls from both Middle Eastern cuisine and Alvarenga's Brazilian-Australian background.

From your seat in the dimly lit diner, you can enjoy a range of woodfire flatbreads featuring combinations including lamb, onion parsley and pickles; red capsicum, hazelnut and roast garlic; and spiced mussels, dill and nigella seed. There's also an unholy-looking eggplant katsu sando wrapped in flatbread, woodfire cheese with curry butter and a beef cheek hot pocket.

Eggplant Katsu Sando

Those looking to pair their hot pocket with a drink can head to the bar where they'll find a range of cocktails, natural wines and craft beers, or you can head to the beer garden where a selection of six different types of pickleback bevvies are on offer. For those not in the know, a pickleback is a mix of Jameson and pickle brine, however The Duke's picklebacks don't stop there. The Ruins Revenge, for example, combines Jameson Black Barrel, watermelon, mint and house made brine.

If you head to The Duke at any point in July and August for a bite to eat or a pickle-heavy shot, chances are you'll also be able to catch some live music. Over the next two months, the Enmore Road pub will be hosting free live music close to seven days a week. Live favourites and young up-and-comers from Sydney are set to pop including Tommy Gun, 1800 Mikey, Jet City Sports Club, The Shang and Zipper.

"The Duke provides a broad and boundary-free approach to live tunes. You'll find country and blues, good time rock and roll, heavy metal and dark folk several times a week," says The Duke General Manager Sabrina Medcalf.

Find The Duke of Enmore at 148 Enmore Road, Enmore. It's open 12pm–midnight Sunday–Tuesday and 12pm–2am Wednesday–Saturday.

Published on June 23, 2021 by Ben Hansen
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