Family friendly, tradie friendly... pretty much any-kind-of-person friendly, the Ettamogah pub in Kellyville Ridge is an eclectic mish-mash of gambling, drinking, fun for kids and good food. Post renovation, the pub has an enormous selection of seating, yet fills up quite quickly.
The Ettamogah makes an effort to accommodate children. There is a jungle gym with a gated kidís area, surrounded by a ten-metre no-smoking area. Families get cheap meal deals. There is an arcade, which admittedly, entertains more than just the kids. And thereís even a rock-climbing wall available to children.
However, the Ettamogah is still a pub. While it is a great, authentically Australian pub, it is still a place for people to drink, smoke and gamble. Walking through the main entrance actually takes patrons through the TAB before entering the bistro and arcade.
The Ettamogah has cleaned up, and still rocks the Australian vibe, even though it has a more modern, streamlined look. The Ettamogahís signature cartoonish sculptures still hang from the ceilings and sit on the roofs.
Finding a seat can be difficult depending on the time of day, but at 6pm on a Tuesday, the rush can be beaten. And there is a rush. The line for the bistro can be right out the door. That said, most of the time the staff try their best to quickly serve everyone, even if there are only a couple of registers to work with.
With the standard boomerang buzzer in hand, it can be a long trek back to your chosen seat, which is even harder to navigate to with food in hand and children running circles around you.
Tuesday offers a $12 chicken schnitzel. This is one of the many deals offered on different nights of the week. They offer a choice between their schnitzels, one of which is an oven-baked Ďhealthy optioní that comes with sweet potato mash and veggies. Sweet potato mash is hard to ruin and the Ettamogah certainly didnít. The veggies seemed like a stock standard mix and were almost raw, but not quite. The schnitzel was good, though a little bland and dry. The fact that a pub is trying to offer a healthy alternative is great, however, you might want to wait for them to work out the kinks before trying it yourself.
Their scotch fillet steak ($30) is an absolutely fine pub steak. They cooked it to a precise medium-rare and served it with a choice of sides. The mashed potato was nicely done and they were generous with the mushroom sauce. However, yet again, the veggies were a little dry and either should not have been cooked at all, or they werenít cooked enough. The bowl of chips ($6) is a generous enough serving, and are standard chips you can find anywhere. However, the chips were definitely darker than the usual golden colour they should have been.
The Ettamogah also offers its own brew. They have the hopsy Ettamogah Pale Ale ($5.30) and the light Ettamogah Golden Ale ($5.30). Both are worth it. They are better than standardónice, light and fruity in flavour.
If you are okay with bringing your kids to a pub for lunch, dinner or whatever, the Ettamogah is a great place to do it, and probably the best option in terms of pubs. Although, if you donít want to bring a family, you can enjoy yourself with some drinks, and great live music. Seriously, the Ettamogah pulls in great Australian musicians like Ian Moss and, coming in December, The Screaming Jets.
Where: Corner Merriville & Windsor Rds, Kellyville Ridge, NSW, 2155
Cost: $58.60 (with two drinks)
When: Monday - Saturday: 10am-1am, Sunday: 10am-10pm
Good for kids: Absolutely
Take away: No.