Every good pub needs a great bistro — and when it came to adding one to their Randwick venue, The DOG Hotel took the task seriously. Of course, you have to when you're opening up a new American-French-themed kitchen. Duke's Bistro is the end result.
Located upstairs at the St Marks Road pub, Duke's Bistro knows that hungry diners can't get enough of US-style food. The 170-seat space, that's been renovated to heed a lodge-like look, also knows how to make the most of its art deco origins. That's why Executive Chef Dwayne Baber's menu is filled with modern twists on classic dishes that offer a bit of both, such as French escargot beurre parsillé vol au vent and smoked pumpkin tartine, as well as hanger steak and beer-brined chicken.
In fact, slow-cooked, roasted, rotated meats are quite the feature at Duke's, as are two specially designed rotisseries that diners can easily spy in the open-plan kitchen. Those keen on pairing their meal with a beverage will find 12 taps pouring craft brews, plus a hefty wine list, and cocktails ranging from French favourite Soixante Quinze (with cognac, lemon, syrup and Crémant sparkling) to New Orleans tipple Sazerac (with absinthe, rye whiskey, sugar and peychaud bitters).