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Worth visiting for the funky interior design alone, The Colonist is the epitome of cool with its chandelier made of ice. Testimonials praise this place as being "quirky with grunge and glitter". Having been renovated and re-renovated continuously since 1851, The Colonist now reposes in its own brand of chic, with amazing artwork, vintage lighting, and retro furniture everywhere. On one of the walls there is a hand-painted replica of Klimt's "Tree of Life", its branches reaching out to hug the entire room. The space is always bathed in a gold-tinged light – the result is intimate and nothing short of magical.
On the menu, classic pub grub receives a modern twist. Deciphering the menu might pose a small setback. Evoo is all over the menu, which is actually just an acronym for extra virgin olive oil that was coined by an American celebrity chef. But when it comes to bacon snippets in the Caesar salad, it's anyone's guess really. Once you settle down to munch, though, the food is plenty satisfying. Start with the fried whitebait, or just jump straight into the Colonist Aussie burger with a rustic homemade lamb pattie and grilled free-range egg. Blue swimmer crab linguine comes tossed with a rather floral sounding "rich sun-blushed tomato rose sauce". The simpler choc mud cake "sanga" will be sure to leave you smiling.