this is why you add salt while you cook your food and not at the table.
Can't wait to check it out!!!
groupon coupons hit my email this morning. sure sign of death
Once again, it's all about Rita and her axe to grind.
Things I ate while in Australia:
Meat pies, lamb, fish, mutton, crocodile, kangaroo, Italian food, Malaysian food, Thai food, Indian food, Chinese Dim Sum, and one stop at an American themed restaurant (steaks, burgers, etc) just to say I did it...
The best dinner I had was at a nice little place in Melbourne with a classically trained chef who served his lamb with a wine reduction, roasted potatoes and mesclun salad. I could have gotten that anywhere, but what made it "Australian" to me was that the chef sat down at my table, poured me a glass of wine and we talked politics for 2 hours. His main question? WTF were Americans thinking voting GWB into office a second time.
Another great place served little fried fishies with different powdered spices. Essentially a bucket of fried bait served with local beers. It was fantastic.
The kangaroo I had was served in a restaurant that felt like a chain in Darwin. It was quite gamey, but according to my friend in Perth, kangaroo is hit or miss, so I can understand why they'd serve it ground up.
Didn't have a Fosters or any other Americanized beers the whole month I was down under. But I haven't had much luck finding a XXXX Bitter anywhere in the US. Maybe I should try Plaza.
Serving kangaroo meat is pretty tacky.
It's got to be hard to market "Australian food." No one really has any idea what it is, aside from the coarse and now badly aged "shrimp on the barbie" cliché, and the long-stereotyped Vegemite. Is it even all that different from traditional middle-American fare? Oh yeah, and beers in fat cans. Americans like Australians and their idea of what Australia is because they perceive Australians to be much like their image of themselves as Americans, and can identify with a highly modern and cosmopolitan culture that still has a rugged, mildly rough around the edges "wild west" side to it. But none of that includes food. So if the restaurant doesn't do something identifiably Australian that's good, what little initial enthusiasm the place creates will dissipate fairly quickly. Still, if the food's reliably excellent and priced well, people will come back and the whole Australia thing will take a back seat. People go to the Outback not because they like Australian stuff (how Australian is a "bloomin' onion" really?) but because people like chains and like what Outback sells. That's probably not a viable model for an independently owned place that crucially needs to connect its name/theme with what it sells unless what they sell is so good and reasonably priced that the whole Oz thing becomes something of an endearing incongruence. Opening on Sunday is also a good idea.
"but the restaurant was virtually empty—we were the only table both times."
Déjà vu, all over again!
I loved the idea of having aussie food. I've been in the US for about 5 years now, originally from Sydney. So i tried this place and it is no more authentic than McDonalds. I wish it were real aussie fare but it isn't. Doesn't even come close, its american with aussie names.
Ate there a few weeks ago for lunch and really enjoyed it. Food was good and the place was really nice. Waitress noted that they had revised the menu and lowered prices. I didn't see anything over $10 on the menu. Enjoy!
Food is good, but way overpriced and they have NO australian beers that I can't get at the store. I tried to go to watch the playoffs last Sunday and they were closed. A sportsbar thats closed on Sundays during the playoffs? This has to be the worst location ever for a restaurant/bar. So many have tried and failed here I've lost count. They can talk up their "free parking" all they want, because that's their best selling feature. It was dead on the Friday I went. I see a lot of living social and groupons in their future followed by the eventual closing. My prediction is mid summer before they call it quits. Sorry guys, but you would have done a lot better on Campbell or 4th.
Thank you to all the staff at the pub . We could not have done it with out you!
Thank you to all the staff at the pub for all your hard work!
I have eaten there a couple of times and love it. The ambiance is super, the service is very friendly, the food is awesome as well as unique, and it would give any sports bar a run for its money when it comes to watching sports. It gets an 11 out of 10 from me.
Lots of FREE PARKING directly behind Aussie Cantina! 30+ spots! BIG PARTY for AUSTRALIA DAY this Sunday, Jan 26th.
Bone Collector is AWESOME!
So is the copycat. (They need to do something about the avocados though, they brown during the cooking process, maybe add after?)
The dish that Samuel described and good beers is enough to bring me in.
I have had some great food at monsoons.. I really like the fresh jalapenos wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese and drizzled with a prickly pear jam... pretty good grub. Burgers are also good.
Thanks for the review but let people add their own salt.
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