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Burns Club – New Bistro

By Peter Holland - 2 June 2008 20

I went to the burns club on saturday night, with the intention of feeding the family – unfortunately, there were no kids meals, and the tables had tablecloths on them. only about 3 people eating there. hmm. Went to the counter – (we came in the back way) and found that it is now called the “Banana Leaf”. The prices were not family fare. why would a restaurant not have family “club” meals and prices, when based in a club??

I am voting with my feet – I took the family to the Southern Cross club in tuggeranong and we had great food and service. I will not be going to the burns club for a meal – we simply cannot afford it.

Here is why: the steaks were over $20.00, the chicken dishes were the same.

At the Southern Cross  club, we were able to spend a total of $45.00 including drinks for 2 adults and 1 child, with garlic bread, mains and desserts.

it is a shame that the Burns club are trying to cater for champagne tastes, when most of us are on a beer budget.

What’s Your opinion?


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20 Responses to
Burns Club – New Bistro
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Sammy 12:02 pm
02 Jun 08
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You were lucky you received ‘great food’ at SCC Tuggeranong.

Both times i’ve eaten there in the last 3 years the food was appalling.

The roast dinner, at around $15, was very poor value, with the meat being tough and inedible, and the vegetables consisting of boiled (not baked) potatoes with the skins still on, and peas and corn. They were also ‘out’ of gravy, which made the whole thing even worse. A poor roast can be slightly redeemed by the presence of gravy. Not this time.

The time before that I had the chicken kiev and spent the next day or so riding the porcelain express.

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hingo 12:06 pm
02 Jun 08
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Hahaha I love these stories. Clubs trying to be classy is hilarious. Seriously, people go to clubs to get cheap piss, watch the footy, play the dokes and get a parmy. Tip to all clubs, don’t move away from that awesome formula.

On a similar subject, I know there have been a few negative reviews for G Lakes, but I have been a few times recently and its been tops. The Fillet Minon and Parmy were fantastic.

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madman 12:07 pm
02 Jun 08
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SCC Woden is pretty good too. :-)

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postmanpat 12:10 pm
02 Jun 08
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thats a shame – last time i went there they had great meals that were cheapest around and much nicer than SCC. even had $1 ice cream and topping for the kids.

I tend to go to hellenic club now cause I got sick of SCC disasters. Food is nice but not ultra cheap!

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barking toad 12:25 pm
02 Jun 08
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Thank you for sharing the incredibly interesting thought that one club is shysen with food and the other is teh hotness.

I will sleep better tonight.

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marcothepolopony 1:28 pm
02 Jun 08
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If the Burns Club is out of your price range, why not try the Spring Garden Chinese restaurant in the Kambah Tavern? Reasonable prices and great food. Service can be improved however. Much better than the food at the SCC in Tuggeranong or Woden.

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tylersmayhem 2:57 pm
02 Jun 08
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So what you’re saying is that the Burns Club has changed in the last 10 years, but are still money grubbing bastards!?

When I was starting out in my hospitality days (12+ years ago) I was keen to get a second job to keep putting myself through CIT. The Burns Club were “prepared to offer me an unpaid trial shift”. For that 8 hour shift, I worked my arse off, running rings around the lazy are full-timers. At the end of the shift, I was told that they’d get back to me with an answer. 3 days later, they informed me that they’d like me to come in on a Friday night for “one last unpaid trial shift”. That first (and only) shift I did there over 12 years ago serving “Burnsed” out winos, while wearing a naff tartan vest is the last time I set foot in the place. If they still prepare the food now like they did then, I’m suprised you came out without some kind of permanent damage!

I would almost recommend the SCC, but it’s a Catholic club. I;’ sure Kostka frequented the club many a time with the rest of the pokie addicted “Catholic” shamsters! Thanks be to God!

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Woody Mann-Caruso 3:00 pm
02 Jun 08
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If you’re in Sydney, you can feed the family at Ikea for $10. Come on Canberra clubs – why don’t we get Swedish meatballs and chips for a gold coin donation?

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peterh 3:41 pm
02 Jun 08
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tylersmayhem said :

So what you’re saying is that the Burns Club has changed in the last 10 years, but are still money grubbing bastards!?

When I was starting out in my hospitality days (12+ years ago) I was keen to get a second job to keep putting myself through CIT. The Burns Club were “prepared to offer me an unpaid trial shift”. For that 8 hour shift, I worked my arse off, running rings around the lazy are full-timers. At the end of the shift, I was told that they’d get back to me with an answer. 3 days later, they informed me that they’d like me to come in on a Friday night for “one last unpaid trial shift”. That first (and only) shift I did there over 12 years ago serving “Burnsed” out winos, while wearing a naff tartan vest is the last time I set foot in the place. If they still prepare the food now like they did then, I’m suprised you came out without some kind of permanent damage!

I was the victim of the “trial shift” at another restaurant, and have since worked off and on for several paying restaurants. I now have a fairly good understanding of the mark ups that are in use at restaurants, and know that if a steak costs $20 – $30, they are making fairly good money. It is what they do with it that will make or break them.

the burns club has had over the years about 4 different bistro companies. I have finally decided that enough is enough – and won’t renew my membership again.

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Swaggie 4:02 pm
02 Jun 08
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I had enough of the Burns Club Bistro 6 years ago, havent been back since and beginning to feel the same way about the The Tuggers SCC. Seriously over priced for what it is.

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el 4:34 pm
02 Jun 08
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The Burns Club goes ‘fine dining’?

Bizarre. I give it 3 months before it goes tits up and the catering is farmed out to someone else.

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Vic Bitterman 6:44 pm
02 Jun 08
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Sammy said :

You were lucky you received ‘great food’ at SCC Tuggeranong.

Both times i’ve eaten there in the last 3 years the food was appalling.

The roast dinner, at around $15, was very poor value, with the meat being tough and inedible, and the vegetables consisting of boiled (not baked) potatoes with the skins still on, and peas and corn. They were also ‘out’ of gravy, which made the whole thing even worse. A poor roast can be slightly redeemed by the presence of gravy. Not this time.

I had that experience at Tuggers Southern Cross Club one lunchtime a few months ago. I sent them a complaint email cos the roast well and truly sucked.

They sent me an apology letter and a $50 voucher to make up for it. So at least that side of the business is well run.

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ant 7:44 pm
02 Jun 08
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We use the Woden SCC (The Feed Lot) for a cheap feed, but in recent years the prices have been creeping up, and it’s not the greatest food. Recently, it seemed to change and we felt a bit icky after our meal (too much fat, dunno) so haven’t been back.

A club can do really good, hearty “club food” and it isn’t too hard. I don’t know why so many get fancy ideas. Although the Hellenic has made quite a success of adding Greek stuff to the array of meals.

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VicePope 9:08 pm
02 Jun 08
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Erindale Vikings. Good and interesting mains, mostly under $20. Needs more desserts and, like everywhere, really needs a cheese plate.

Like all clubs, I’m sure they have off nights, and dishes that the world regrets. But good value, and booze at club prices.

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You 7:01 am
03 Jun 08
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You sure this has nothing to do with the Banana Leaf restaurant out the front of the Canberra Centre?

Because those guys make some of the best curry in the city.

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