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RJ Lines

In the past five years at One Penny Red, RJ Lines has created and delivered acclaimed and popular menus that includes lunch, dinner and a bar menu for Vernon’s Bar on the first floor of the building. He has been invited create and hold food stalls at numerous festivals and is often an invited guest at Sydney food events.

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Total Score

9
1592 reviews
Recommended
(9.3)
Food
(9.0)
Service
(9.2)
Value for money
(8.2)
Atmosphere
(8.9)

dined on Fri, 6 Sep 2019

(10)
This truly is a neighbourhood gem.....a diamond in fact. Service was attentive and all staff had a thorough knowledge of the food and wine on offer. Generously we were offered tastings of wines to assist in making a choice. The wine list is very impressive. We chose all seafood dishes...though we hadn’t planned to. The scallops entree and butterflied rainbow trout main were standouts. Can’t wait for a return visit.

dined on Sun, 1 Sep 2019

(10)
Fabulous food and service as always. Great to have such a wonderful eatery in Summer Hill. Impressive wine list too.

dined on Sun, 1 Sep 2019

(8)
Staff were very accommodating and friendly. We had a slight misunderstanding about the set-menu and quantities but it all worked out well. Would have preferred a la Carte menu as tricky choosing one meal to suit 4 people

dined on Fri, 23 Aug 2019

(7)
The cocktails upstairs are amazing! And the flavour combinations on the more unusual dishes were spot on. The fried things left a little to be desired sadly, our calamari batter was extremely floury, and the salted potatoes were very dry. Without any sauce on our main dishes we ended up having to ask for some mayo to make them a bit more enjoyable, kinda ruined the vibe a bit? Service was wonderful though and there were really some standout offerings (chestnut pappardelle)!

dined on Sat, 20 Jul 2019

(6)
We enjoyed the food but unfortunately we found the service really slow.

dined on Tue, 9 Jul 2019

(10)
This is the 2nd time I've been in 2 mths. I was surprised to find quite a few changes from the June to July menu. Both experiences were equally as good. Food service & ambience were impeccable. Thank you

dined on Sun, 30 Jun 2019

(10)
The Sunday roast was fantastic, all four of us ordered it and we were not disappointed in any way. Such a lovely room and a great team. I love the wine list here also.
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Specials

Raid Your Cellar Dinner $85pp - Restaurant Seating

Here's the deal, you bring that bottle of wine you have been cellaring, just waiting for the right occasion to bust it open and we will tailor a 4 course menu to accompany it. $85 per person and BYO is included. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions prior to your arrival. In order to secure your booking we require credit card details as an agreement to our terms and conditions as set out below. The card provided will not be charged unless the reservation is cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice. In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 48 hours' notice, a cancellation fee of $50.00 per person will be charged to the card. Please note that One Penny Red reserves the right to cancel any unconfirmed bookings. Please call the restaurant for patio tables (for groups up to 4)
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28 Feb 2017
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28 Mar 2017
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28 Nov 2017
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30 Jan 2018
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26 Jun 2018
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25 Sep 2018
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30 Oct 2018
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29 Oct 2019
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26 Nov 2019
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Locals Lunch Special

2 Course for $30 or 3 courses for $40
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6
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12 Jan 2017 - 29 Dec 2021
Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Locals Lunch Special - CC required

2 Course for $30 or 3 courses for $40 A Cancellation fee of $50.00 per person will be charged if the booking does not show or is cancelled with less than 24 hour notice. We require confirmation of final numbers 24 hour prior to the booking
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7
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12 Jan 2017 - 29 Dec 2022
Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Melbourne Cup Lunch $110pp

MELBOURNE CUP 2019 Lucky door prize, $5, $10 and $20 sweepstakes. Best dressed prize. Get a group together and join us for a fantastic afternoon! Race shown live on big screen TV. $110 per person Includes a glass of Akarua Brut Rose, pinot chardonnay, NZ or Batch Brewing , pint, just to get the party started. Bookings from 1.00pm. For tables on the covered patio phone us on 9797 8118. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Dietary requirements can be catered for. Terms and Conditions. We require confirmation of final numbers 24 hours prior. A Cancellation fee of $50.00 per person will be charged if the booking does not show or is cancelled with less than 24 hour notice. Menu may be subject to change due to product availability. Groups of 8 and above 10% service charge Credit Card Transactions incur a 1.5% surcharge. Credit Card details are required to secure the booking.
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05 Nov 2019
Tue 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Raid Your Cellar Dinner $85pp - Patio Seating

Here's the deal, you bring that bottle of wine you have been cellaring, just waiting for the right occasion to bust it open and we will tailor a 4 course menu to accompany it. $85 per person and BYO is included. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions prior to your arrival. In order to secure your booking we require credit card details as an agreement to our terms and conditions as set out below. The card provided will not be charged unless the reservation is cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice. In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 48 hours' notice, a cancellation fee of $50.00 per person will be charged to the card. Please note that One Penny Red reserves the right to cancel any unconfirmed bookings.
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28 Feb 2017
Tue 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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28 Mar 2017
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26 Apr 2017
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30 May 2017
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27 Jun 2017
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25 Jul 2017
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29 Aug 2017
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26 Sep 2017
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31 Oct 2017
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28 Nov 2017
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30 Jan 2018
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27 Feb 2018
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27 Mar 2018
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24 Apr 2018
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29 May 2018
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26 Jun 2018
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31 Jul 2018
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28 Aug 2018
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25 Sep 2018
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30 Oct 2018
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27 Nov 2018
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29 Jan 2019
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26 Feb 2019
Tue 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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26 Mar 2019
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30 Apr 2019
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28 May 2019
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25 Jun 2019
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30 Jul 2019
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27 Aug 2019
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24 Sep 2019
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29 Oct 2019
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26 Nov 2019
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About One Penny Red

Spudtacular. Forget the #healthyeating instagram posts when you come to One Penny Red, because at this heritage listed site (once a former post office) it is all about the spuds. And boy are they spectacular. Leave your paleo, atkins, dukan, no carb and raw food diets at the door and get stuck into a bowl of roughed up, crunchy, salty and spicy deep fried potatoes...we still have dreams about them. These tatties have been treated with some serious TLC by chef R J Lines who boils, drains, bashes and crisps the spuds until they are golden like a fiery sun. But it’s the finishing touch of peppery, fennel and cumin spiced salt dusted on top that takes these babies to the next level. Okay, enough about the spuds, there are other reasons to check out this Summer Hill restaurant. The downstairs restaurant offers an array of Mediterranean driven share dishes while the upstairs bar is home to a casual, more snack menu - both equally as delicious. One Penny Red doesn’t do fancy or fussy food, instead, generous, earthy, comfort food in a companionable, easy-going, well-run sort of place, perfect for both big nights out or quick dinners with friends. So while traditional mail delivery as we know it is dying, One Penny Red has brought new life and energy into the handsome post office building - it’s just a service of a different kind, one that we don’t expect to die out. The spuds alone will keep the people coming back. That’s spudtacular. Best dish: Crispy, spiced salt potatoes

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