Vanessa Pike-Russell

The Open Hearth became a Hotel in 1949 and in the 1960s
sold more beer than any other country hotel in NSW.

 A welcome addition has been the Flames Bistro and Pizza Bar.

When I travel into Warrawong Westfields and nearby European Delicatessens & Grocery stores I often visit Flames for lunch or a dinner. A nice way to unwind after visiting the busy shopping centres and stores.

Flames Bistro Welcomes our New Chef, Pizza Pete formerly of the famous Italian Bar Reggio in Sydney. We pride ourselves on fresh food cooked to order. We also provide excellent service, a great new menu and a comfortable place to enjoy your time with friends and family. Great Blackboard Specials Daily @ Flames Bistro.

Flames Bistro & Famous Pizza Bar
Take Away Pizza & Pasta Menu
Group Bookings Welcome

Current Menu last updated 30th August 2010 

Tuesday Night Special
Any Classic Pizza served with a glass of wine or middy of beer $16.00
Wednesday Night Special
 T-Bone with middy of beer or glass of wine $10.00

Thursday Night Special
Any Classic Pizza served with middy of beer or glass of wine $16.00

Flames Pizza Entrees

The Lot Garlic, Chilli, Oregano, Olive Oil, Fresh Sliced Tomato &  Basil $8.00

Bruschetta Plain Pizza dough, Garlic, Chilli, Oregano, Olive Oil $6.00
Garlic & Cheese Mozzarella, Oregano & Garlic $10.00
Flames Classic House Pizza Menu
All Served with Mozzarella & Napoli Sauce
Margarita Herbs, Mozzarella & Napoli $13.00
Numero Uno With One Traditional Topping $14.00
Pomodori Fresh Sliced Tomato, Basil & Herbs $14.00
Aussie Bacon & Egg $14.00
Hawaii Ham & Pineapple $14.00
BBQ Meat BBQ Sauce, Cabanossi, pepperoni & Bacon $14.00
Flames Specialty Pizza All Served with Mozzarella
Trecolure Garlic, Prosciutto, Rocket &  Dressing $16.00
Prawns Prawns, Garlic & Parsley $16.00
Seasoned Cheese Feta, Boconcinni, Parmesan & Mozzarella $16.00
Pelican Napoli, Fish, Calamari, Prawns & Garlic $18.00
Potato & Prosciutto Potato, Rosemary, Cooked Prosciutto $16.00
All $15.00 Flames House Pizza Menu All $15.00
Flames Pizza Chilli, Salami, Mushroom, Pepperoni & Capsicum
Napolitano Olives & Anchovies
Crown Street Roasted Eggplant & Capsicum, Parmesan & Garlic
Mafia Salami, Mushroom, Chilli, Anchovies & Olives
Crossroads Ham, Mushrooms, Anchovies & Olives
The Veggie Daily House Vegetables, Option Pineapple & Olives
Keira Combination of Meats &  Veggies, Option Pineapple & Olives
King Street Spinach, Parmesan, Garlic & Bocconcinni
London Salami, Artichoke, Marinated Eggplant, Pesto & Garlic
Open Hearth Pesto, Artichoke, Marinated Eggplant & Salami
Polo Chicken & Mushrooms
Add the following to create your own Pizza!
Prawns $ 4.00 Chicken: $3.00 Seafood: $5.00
Traditional Toppings $1.00 each:
Cabanossi, Pepperoni, Salami, Mushroom, Ham, Onion, Bacon,
Capsicum, Pineapple, Egg, Pesto.
Speciality Toppings $1.60 each
Sliced Tomato & Basil, Roasted Capsicum, Roasted Eggplant,
Prosciutto, Red Onions, Marinated Eggplants, Pesto,
Boconcinni, Feta, Parmesan, Artichokes or Potato.
Kids Menu All $7.00
Served with a Plate of Salad or Veggies
Traditional Fish & Chips Served with Lemon & Sea Salt
Healthy Home Crumbed Chicken Strips & Chips
Pasta with Napoli or Bolognese Sauce
Flames Sides Dishes $5.00
House Salad Ripped Green Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber & House Dressing
Bruschetta Plain Baked Pizza Dough, Garlic, Chilli, Oregano & Olive Oil
Bowl of Beer Battered Chips with Sauce of your choice!
Garlic Bread
Flames Fresh Salads $8.00
Rocket Salad Fresh Rocket Topped with Parmesan & House Dressing
Greek Salad Lettuce, Capsicum, Cucumber, Olives, Feta, Dressing
Antipasto Combination of Deli Meats, Cheeses & Vegetables
Mixed Salad
Antipasto Plates Start @ $8.00 Per Plate
Mixture of Prosciutto, Artichoke, Roasted Capsicum, Marinated Eggplant,
Roasted Eggplant, Olives, Salami, Feta cheese, Boconcinni & Anchovies.
Flames Mains Menu
Fish N Chips Battered Fish of the Day, Chips & Salad $14.00
Chicken Schnitzel Burger With Lettuce & Mayo $9.00
Chicken Combo Chicken Schnitzel & Linguini Bolognese $16.00
Following Served with Mash & Veggies or Salad & Chips
Veal Pizziola Napoli, Capers & Olives $16.00
Veal Al Funghi Cream, Wine & Mushroom $16.00
Chicken Parmagiana Oven Baked $16.00
Napoli, Cheese with Ham or Eggplant
Chicken Schnitzel Meal Served with Lemon $15.00
Eye Fillet Pepper, Diane, Mushroom or Gravy $17.00
T-Bone Steak Add $1.00 for Sauce $16.00
Linguini Napoli Napolitana Sauce $9.00
Linguini Bolognese Traditional Bolognese $10.00
Linguini Bosciola Bacon, Mushrooms & Cream $11.00
Meat Lasagne with Salad $10.00
Canelloni with Salad Ricotta, Spinich & Mushroom $10.00 
Flames Bistro & Pizza Bar Trading Hours
Open 7 Days Lunch & Dinner Take Away Pizza
Monday - Tuesday
Lunch 11.30am - 2.00pm
Dinner 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Wednesday - Thursday
Lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Friday - Sunday
Lunch 11.30am - 2.00pm
Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm
The Open Hearth Hotel Function Room
It doesn't matter what style of function you're hosting;
we can provide a venue to suit your needs.

The Open Hearth Hotel Beer Garden - Function Room
Party Menu: Bruschetta & Salad & Pasta & Pizza
6 plus persons @ $16.00 per head
Flames Beer Garden is available at no charge for special events. Celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere with a cocktail party, family or friends. The seating is great for functions and standing for finger food and drinks. We can arrange live music, bands or a DJ for your event if required. Our Function Menu and Liquor Packages are available upon request. Set Menus and Canapes available.

Flames Beer Garden
Flames Beer Garden is available at no charge [ free ] for functions and special events..
Office Parties - Sporting Events - Private Functions - 21st's - Group Bookings Welcome

   The Open Hearth Hotel Warrawong Pub Trading Hours
   Monday - Saturday: 7.00am – 1.00am 
    Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm  

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53-57 King Street
Warrawong NSW 2502

Corner of King & Cowper Streets  

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Flames Bistro & Pizza Bar Bookings 02 4276 2258
to place your order, make a reservation or function enquiry.
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Sugar Cube Belgium Waffles, Wollongong:Vanessa Pike-Russell

"The Sugar Cube’ is famous for homemade Liège Belgium waffles, cooked fresh to order. These are complimented with a range of delicious, quality toppings including fresh fruit, real maple syrup, melted Belgian chocolate, premium ice cream and homemade toffee sauce.
Also on offer; a large selection of hot & cold drinks, cakes, brownies, banana bread, toasts, cookies and ice cream! Special occasions can be catered for with platters/tiered stands featuring your choice of mini waffles, choc dipped strawberries, cake cubes etc.
The Sugar Cube takes pride in using environmentally friendly packaging. Drink cups/lids, straws, food containers, cutlery and bags are 100% biodegradable/compostable."

Today I finally made it into The Sugar Cube in Wollongong. I had asked if they had any gluten-free products they kindly created a gluten-free waffle mix and invited me in to try it. I finally made it into Wollongong and enjoyed a gluten-free waffle with strawberries and cream. Such indulgence! Named the Dragon waffle after the St George Illawarra

I also enjoyed a mocha and sat down at the cute red stools and table and enjoyed having a few moments to myself and just taking my time to enjoy my first ever gluten-free belgium waffles and a cup of Lazumba mocha coffee.

Definitely not the last time! I would love to try their Banoffee waffles. A great way to warm up on a cold, overcast day.

The service was fantastic and so friendly. Definitely worth a visit!

Conveniently located opposite WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre and within easy walking distance of Wollongong’s City Beach. Car park available at rear (shared with Chicko’s, 45 min limit, enter from Harbour Street).

The Sugar Cube Coffee & Treats
13 Crown Street
(Corner Crown & Harbour Streets)
Tel. 02 4227 3888


Mon – Thurs 7.15am to 6pm
Friday 7.15am to 10pm
Sat 8.30am to 10pm
Sun 8.30am to 6pm

Sugar Cube Belgium Waffles, Wollongong

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A lighter way to enjoy your favourite dressings & sauces with CARNATION…

Dear Vanessa,

Try this delicious selection of entree, main and dessert dressings & sauces for meal making magic!

So versatile in its use, whether it's in a better for you Caesar salad dressing, a modern twist on the Creamy Tomato Sauce or a divine vanilla bean custard recipe, you can use CARNATION Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk to satisfy your tastebuds without the additional fat.

CARNATION Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk has 95% less fat than cream, so it's a lighter way to enjoy your favourite dressings & sauces all year round!

Kind regards,

The Team at Nestlé.


Preparation time: 10 mins (plus cooling time)
Cooking time: 5 mins

By using CARNATION Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk, we have cut the fat content by 94% compared to a traditional Caesar salad dressing. It's so quick and easy-to-create, see if you can taste the difference!

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Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins

With 95% less fat than cream, using CARNATION Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk means your family can enjoy Creamy sauces more often. Served over your favourite pasta, this recipe will become a family favourite in no time!

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Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins

What a perfect way to end a meal! This delicious recipe for Vanilla Bean Custard will leave your mouth watering for more! Perfect over poached pears, Christmas pudding or even just apple crumble, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

View recipe here >

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The Chef's Hats 2011

Three Hats: Marque, est., Quay
Two Hats: Aria, Assiette, Becasse, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Berowra Waters Inn, Bilson's, Bistro Ortolan, Buon Ricordo, Claude's, Four in Hand Dining Room, Guillaume at Bennelong, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Lucio's, Pilu at Freshwater, Rockpool, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sepia, Tetsuya's, Universal
One Hat: Ad Lib Bistro, Altitude, Arras, Astral, Billy Kwong, Bird Cow Fish, Bistro Moncur, Bistrode, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Bodega, buzo trattoria, Cafe Sopra, Catalina, Etch, Fish Face, Flying Fish, Golden Century, Jonah's Whale Beach, Koi, Longrain, Mad Cow, Manly Pavilion, Omerta, Ormeggio at the Spit, Oscillate Wildly, Otto Ristorante, Pendolino, Pier, Restaurant Balzac, Sailors Thai Restaurant, Sake Restaurant & Bar, Sean's Panaroma, Spice Temple, Yoshii.

Two  Hats: Lochiel House (Kurrajong Heights), Rock (Pokolbin)
One Hat: ashcrofts (Blackheath), Bacchus (Newcastle), Bamboo Restaurant and Bar (Casuarina Beach), bells at killcare (Killcare), Bistro Molines (Mount View), Caveau (Wollongong), dish (Byron Bay), Darley's (Katoomba), Eschalot (Berrima), Fins (Kingscliff), Italian and Sons (Canberra), Lolli Redini (Orange), Muse (Pokolbin), Neila (Cowra), No. 2 Oak Street (Bellingen), Ottoman Cuisine (Canberra), Restaurant Como.
:: Order your Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011


The Sydney Morning Herald
Good Food Guide Awards 2011

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The premiere dining experience of the Illawarra has to be Caveau in Keira St, Wollongong. The daily degustation menu, cookery school and seasonal events and wine nights have rightfully earned itself Wollongong's ONLY restaurant to be awarded a hat in the 2011 SMH Good Food Guide, now for 6 years in a row. I have been drooling over Caveau's menu since Peter Sheppard opened it with photos below as found on their website.



I am so pleased to share with you a video created by Alex Sturman of Xander Productions to highlight just why Caveau is regarded so highly.

Learn more about this amazing restaurant at


122-124 Keira St
Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia
+61 2 4226 4855
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