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Tidbinbilla serves Kangaroo meat at their cafe.

By 12 December 2012 126

Over the weekend myself and an interstate friend went to Tidbbinbilla for a lovely day with the kangaroos and wildlife. Afterwards we decided to stop off at the new cafe they have there for lunch. You can imagine our shock and horror when we saw grilled kangaroo fillet and kangaroo sausages on menu. Kangaroos are one of the main attractions at Tidbinbilla, what message are we sending to visitors if we offer our native animal up for lunch. Spend the day with the kangaroos then come and eat them for lunch served along side Native Bush Tomatoes, wtf?.

Although I probably shouldn’t be suprised, this is canberra after all.

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126 Responses to Tidbinbilla serves Kangaroo meat at their cafe.
#1
MsCheeky9:32 am, 12 Dec 12

Actually, no. I can’t imagine your shock and horror. I don’t see the difference between the cafe serving kangaroo meat and any other meat, native or not. The message that could be sent by offering up kangaroo meat is that it’s an abundant resource, and a quality product, particularly in terms of health. You’d be much better off eating a kangaroo fillet than a ham sandwich.

All meat is murder – tasty, tasty murder.

#2
afl4act9:35 am, 12 Dec 12

I don’t think they’d be using roadkill so all is good!

#3
poetix9:52 am, 12 Dec 12

Although I am vegetarian, I don’t find kangaroo being served shocking. At least they had something of a life, unlike intensively raised farm animals.

I don’t like the whole idea of meat, but remember, Aboriginal people have been eating kangaroo for thousands of years and it is probably less harmful to the environment than cattle.

#4
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd10:00 am, 12 Dec 12

lol i was all wtf is your problem with eating kangaroo? they are no different than beef or w/e, then i looked and saw who posted.

the kangaroos are not your friends. The message being sent is we have a delicious alternative to cow/pig/lamb.

#5
arthwollipot10:06 am, 12 Dec 12

I think it’s excellent that the roo is on the menu. Kangaroo is lean, healthy, sustainable, and better for the environment than beef or lamb. And they’re not exactly on the endangered list, are they?

As a vegan, you should be encouraging more meat-eaters to consume kangaroo instead of meat that is unsustainably farmed, juiced up with antibiotics and hormones, inhumanely killed and wastefully butchered.

#6
bigfeet10:10 am, 12 Dec 12

I can imagine YOUR shock and horror. I imagine it would have been amusing to watch.

I can’t however imagine a normal person being shocked or horrified that a local cafe decided to serve healthy local produce.

Most would think its a good thing.

#7
muntychops10:10 am, 12 Dec 12

I think the name FreddyVegan says it all. Roo is fantastic when not overcooked. I think it’s great we eat our coat of arms :-)

#8
Solidarity10:11 am, 12 Dec 12

Vegans: the original wowsers.

#9
pptvb10:13 am, 12 Dec 12

Thanks for the tip.
I now know another great place to take visitors for some delicious roo!

#10
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd10:17 am, 12 Dec 12

arthwollipot said :

I think it’s excellent that the roo is on the menu. Kangaroo is lean, healthy, sustainable, and better for the environment than beef or lamb. And they’re not exactly on the endangered list, are they?

As a vegan, you should be encouraging more meat-eaters to consume kangaroo instead of meat that is unsustainably farmed, juiced up with antibiotics and hormones, inhumanely killed and wastefully butchered.

Freddy vegan is trhe same person who said we should not bother trying to educate people about eating meat that comes from farms that look after their animals and that the only way to stop all animal cruelty is to go vegan.

#11
Grail10:18 am, 12 Dec 12

How do you know if one of your dinner guests is vegan?

Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

#12
Deref10:20 am, 12 Dec 12

Excellent idea – there isn’t enough kangaroo on Australian menus. It’s a healthy thing.

#13
Grail10:23 am, 12 Dec 12

Cultural jokes aside, dear Canberra-bashing vegan wannabe, I wonder why you don’t express similar shock and horror at every shop that serves meat of any kind. Have you ever seen how feed lot cattle are treated? It’s not a particularly high quality lifestyle. Kangaroo meat is collected from animals that are basically free range (in as far as wild animals can be considered to be “farmed”), the animals are native which means they have negligible impact on the native wildlife (even though we’re boosting their numbers by providing more and more grassland to feed on, even if the grasses are our cereal grains, LOL), and the meat is very lean (which is good for people trying to control calorie & fat intake).

As far as killing animals for food goes, kangaroo meat is about as good as it gets.

#14
Link10:27 am, 12 Dec 12

I’m vego, but the thought of eating kangaroo appeals a lot more than the thought of eating factory farmed pigs or chicken. Roos haven’t been raised in windowless rooms, and they’re a more sustainable source of meat (for the time being).

#15
what_the10:33 am, 12 Dec 12

Actually kangaroo is a much more appropriate meat for us killers to consume as they dont cause the land erosion that imported hoofed animals have caused.

#16
what_the10:34 am, 12 Dec 12

Grail said :

How do you know if one of your dinner guests is vegan?

Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

Ha ha gold!

#17
BimboGeek10:42 am, 12 Dec 12

“only fools argue about whether to eat meat or not” – Guru Nanak.

As a vegan, I have rarely found truer words. So stop making the rest of us look bad! If they honestly couldn’t serve something vegan then get insulted but stop whinging about what everyone else is eating.

It makes you look like a fool.

#18
shirty_bear10:49 am, 12 Dec 12

It’s doubly satisfying to see some special-interest-type get all hoity and/or toity, only to be smacked down by massed common sense. Well played, RA.

#19
muscledude_oz10:51 am, 12 Dec 12

Kangaroo is much preferable to other forms of meat, especially pork or lamb which contain large amounts of fat. It is especially good if you are trying to look ripped before a contest, also as a good source of lean protein. Because of the lack of fat it is more difficult to cook than other meat but once you get the hang of it, it is delicious.

The main reason people get so hung up about eating roo is the heritage thing, mainly the coat of arms but really, if roo was the primary meat consumed in this country we would have a far healthier society overall.

#20
Overheard10:51 am, 12 Dec 12

“Although I probably shouldn’t be suprised, this is canberra after all.”

I love the smell of non sequiturs in the morning. It smells like…… ignorance.

#21
Alderney11:05 am, 12 Dec 12

Do you get to choose which roo you would like as you go in? Kind of like fish in an upmarket restaurant.

Just come back in an hour and it’ll be all cooked up for you. Yum yum.

I’m more horrified when you pay a motza for roo and the chef doesn’t know how to cook it properly.

#22
Overheard11:16 am, 12 Dec 12

This prompted me to check out their full menu which looks bloody brilliant: http://www.tidbinbilla.com.au/files/view/?id=415

Might the go for a drive in the country and a skippy salad.

I like their coffee sizes: joey, roo and big fella.

#23
devils_advocate11:16 am, 12 Dec 12

If God didn’t intend for us to eat animals, He wouldn’t have made them out of meat.

#24
astrojax11:20 am, 12 Dec 12

shirty_bear said :

It’s doubly satisfying to see some special-interest-type get all hoity and/or toity, only to be smacked down by massed common sense. Well played, RA.

+1

also, all this bluster about fat consumption in this thread: that isn’t the issue – fat is good for you, and necessary, but won’t make you fat. sugar, on the other hand…

#25
devils_advocate11:44 am, 12 Dec 12

astrojax said :

shirty_bear said :

It’s doubly satisfying to see some special-interest-type get all hoity and/or toity, only to be smacked down by massed common sense. Well played, RA.

+1

also, all this bluster about fat consumption in this thread: that isn’t the issue – fat is good for you, and necessary, but won’t make you fat. sugar, on the other hand…

Disagree. I don’t eat sugar (not because I’m some kind of diet matyr, but because I just don’t really care for it).

But I can’t shred unless I go super clean, including trimming all fat off steaks, etc etc. Or maybe it’s just me, and others don’t have that experience. But I suspect it’s not just me, otherwise there’d be a whole heap of people walking around shredded.

#26
zorro2911:52 am, 12 Dec 12

they serve seafood at aquariums which i find offputting but this seems a bit of a stretch

as one of my favourite comedians says: “there was a harry ramsden’s right next to the aquarium. is the brochure for the aquarium the menu for the harry ramsden??”

it’s good for cafes to serve local produce that has been raised humanely

not a roo eater myself, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find it on the menu either

#27
rosscoact11:57 am, 12 Dec 12

I think that ‘quelle horreur’ has the appropriately pretentious tone for a response

#28
crappicker12:06 pm, 12 Dec 12

As someone who loves to see kangaroos hopping around, I hate to see them slaughtered for mass consumption. To offer kangaroo meat on the menu at, of all places, the Tidbinbilla cafe, seems a serious misjudgement by management.

#29
devils_advocate12:12 pm, 12 Dec 12

Overheard said :

This prompted me to check out their full menu which looks bloody brilliant: http://www.tidbinbilla.com.au/files/view/?id=415

Agreed, the menu does look quite nice, especially given the relatively modest prices. Can anyone advise whether the food tastes as good as it sounds?

Also, I think it would be somewhat ironic and hilarious if a whinge thread turned into a huge advertisement for the cafe. Either that or it’s the smartest viral marketing campaign in the history of the interwebs.

#30
astrojax12:23 pm, 12 Dec 12

devils_advocate said :

astrojax said :

shirty_bear said :

It’s doubly satisfying to see some special-interest-type get all hoity and/or toity, only to be smacked down by massed common sense. Well played, RA.

+1

also, all this bluster about fat consumption in this thread: that isn’t the issue – fat is good for you, and necessary, but won’t make you fat. sugar, on the other hand…

Disagree. I don’t eat sugar (not because I’m some kind of diet matyr, but because I just don’t really care for it).

But I can’t shred unless I go super clean, including trimming all fat off steaks, etc etc. Or maybe it’s just me, and others don’t have that experience. But I suspect it’s not just me, otherwise there’d be a whole heap of people walking around shredded.

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