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By mchalmers 29 March 2015 29

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My family and I are currently living in Brisbane but will be moving to Canberra very soon.

One of our favourite family restaurants up here is Sizzlers. Is there anything like Sizzler in Canberra?

I know there used to be one in Canberra, but I believe it closed some years ago.

Thanks,
Malcolm.


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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 8:35 am 02 Apr 15

rubaiyat said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I’ll stick by my claim of a third. When I was there I was spending with money transferred when the dollar was 95 cents, and several times bought food that was 10 dollars, including salad bar. Your looking up prices on a website and then using today’s exchange rate doesn’t change that.

And yes, I tipped the staff.

You seem to have an absolute obsession about things you don’t like (e.g. cars). Why all the angst?

You seem to have an absolute obsession about misrepresenting the facts. You can stick by your claim all you like but it is clearly wrong, even by your own figures.

The dollar hasn’t been US 95 cents for a long time. It wasn’t even back when I went over 18 months ago.

Where is your TOTAL cost adding in the taxes and the tips, to back up your absurd claims of a “third the price”?

In Australia GST is included as is the living wage for the employees. There are no extras. The Americans have perfected the drip charging of everything, which combined with the general innumeracy of the population leaves them lost as to the real costs. My nieces are well educated and successful, but they can’t work out tips. They double the NY taxes, which I pointed out was shortchanging whoever was doing the work. Their excuse was “It’s easier”.

This nonsense really is dangerous because it pretends that the USA presents some kind of a model for us, when it doesn’t.

Unless of course you really do want to create a malnourished, ignorant underclass here in Australia, that needs 3 jobs just to stay alive.

As to cars, they have their uses, but the obsession with owning them and feeding them is ruining our cities, our lives and our environment.

Again why are you so anti-public transport, which is a rational solution, not some gut-felt fantasy fed by commercial propaganda?

You can be rational about how much everything really costs and the consequences, but making up stuff to justify a phone argument is the same economic and social voodoo as is grinding down America.

As I said a couple of days ago, you really need to calm down. You’re going to hurt yourself with this level of anger.

KB1971 8:23 am 02 Apr 15

Never fear, there are three in Sydney:

https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=ssl#safe=active&q=sizzler+sydney

This thread reminds me of a time I was at the Sizzler in Tuggers.

They used to have a soft serve machine in the wall near the kitchen. After watching this kid (quite overweight mind you) go back and forth to the salad bar a number of times he then goes for the soft serve………..he picks up one of the little bowls, looks at it puts it back and walks away……….next thing he is back with a dinner plate and piles it a good 6 inches high for most of the diameter of the plate………Gluttony at its best.

Mutant12 10:03 pm 01 Apr 15

Unfortunately there is nothing to fill the void.

How I miss Sizzler.

The closest thing might be the Helenic Club better steaks/meals but a lot poorer salad bar

As a general rule.

Canberra food = poor value for money + bad service

KB1971 9:30 am 01 Apr 15

watto23 said :

Pretty certain Sizzlers is only hanging onto existence in Qld. Not sure what that says about Queensland! To be honest I loved the cheese toast they had, but you can buy that in a supermarket now. The rest of the food at sizzlers is nothing special.
.

What it says about Queensland is that you dont go there for the food.

In my travels, Queesnland is more about tackyness than goodness.

rubaiyat 6:58 pm 31 Mar 15

mchalmers said :

I guess I could clarify by saying that personally I might prefer somewhere else myself. Where you can get a “proper” meal.
But my wife and daughter (8 yr) can be a bit fussy about what they eat and like the smorgasbord option of being able to pick and choose what they want.

Then any of the 60+ clubs in Canberra, or the various buffet style eateries like the Family Food Court in Dickson should suit.

Pheast in Manuka does an excellent pub lunch, and the Kingston Hotel has really cheap DIY steaks or fish, they will cook it for you if you want, with an all you can eat salad bar.

Canberra has an enormous number of restaurants lining most major suburbs. The kind of buffet I like, which is stroll along the street and say THAT looks/smells great, I’ll have that!

I am aware that Brisbane like many of the outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne has more than its fair share of franchises. Canberra has them too, but in my opinion it is a good thing that we have less franchises, but more choice with better options.

mchalmers 6:35 pm 31 Mar 15

I guess I could clarify by saying that personally I might prefer somewhere else myself. Where you can get a “proper” meal.
But my wife and daughter (8 yr) can be a bit fussy about what they eat and like the smorgasbord option of being able to pick and choose what they want.

rubaiyat 4:10 pm 31 Mar 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I’ll stick by my claim of a third. When I was there I was spending with money transferred when the dollar was 95 cents, and several times bought food that was 10 dollars, including salad bar. Your looking up prices on a website and then using today’s exchange rate doesn’t change that.

And yes, I tipped the staff.

You seem to have an absolute obsession about things you don’t like (e.g. cars). Why all the angst?

You seem to have an absolute obsession about misrepresenting the facts. You can stick by your claim all you like but it is clearly wrong, even by your own figures.

The dollar hasn’t been US 95 cents for a long time. It wasn’t even back when I went over 18 months ago.

Where is your TOTAL cost adding in the taxes and the tips, to back up your absurd claims of a “third the price”?

In Australia GST is included as is the living wage for the employees. There are no extras. The Americans have perfected the drip charging of everything, which combined with the general innumeracy of the population leaves them lost as to the real costs. My nieces are well educated and successful, but they can’t work out tips. They double the NY taxes, which I pointed out was shortchanging whoever was doing the work. Their excuse was “It’s easier”.

This nonsense really is dangerous because it pretends that the USA presents some kind of a model for us, when it doesn’t.

Unless of course you really do want to create a malnourished, ignorant underclass here in Australia, that needs 3 jobs just to stay alive.

As to cars, they have their uses, but the obsession with owning them and feeding them is ruining our cities, our lives and our environment.

Again why are you so anti-public transport, which is a rational solution, not some gut-felt fantasy fed by commercial propaganda?

You can be rational about how much everything really costs and the consequences, but making up stuff to justify a phone argument is the same economic and social voodoo as is grinding down America.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:17 pm 31 Mar 15

rubaiyat said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

rubaiyat said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Sizzler is great, but far too expensive in Australia. In the US Sizzler is better, and about a third the price.

I checked their website and that is not true.

Their special sirloin, just a basic portion of meat with chips and a small (tiny) bowl of salad is currently their “Special” for US$14.99 + taxes + tips which would make it over US$20 which is currently A$27 for a meal that would have been cooked by trained monkeys on minimum wages.

The “its cheaper” in the States is for those who can’t do their sums, or the exchange rate, and in my experience, except for L.A., the quality of their food is abysmal.

When I was there two months ago you get a steak/burger and salad bar for $10, and I paid with cash obtained at a much better exchange rate than now. The salad bar was also substantially better than what you see at Sizzler in Australia. You got more, and better, food than the Australian Sizzlers at a far cheaper price.

Have you actually been to Sizzler in the US recently?

It’s been a bit over a year since I have been to the States. Has it got cheaper?

I made it clear that I avoid Sizzlers. It is neither healthy, nor good cooking.

You still left out the REAL exchange rate, the local taxes and the tips.

You tipped the staff right? They have to live off that money, they get paid next to nothing.

You can look up their current prices online.

The A$ is currently buying US 0.7359 cents today.

US$10 (I saw nothing for $10 on their website) is A$13.59, add local taxes approx. A$14.95, add 20% tip is A$17.31.

What I saw online was $14.99 for the Special so approx. A$25.95.

My US relatives give up on the maths, as it seems so do you, it is all too hard for them. The new mobile payment Apps they use on their phones are actually taking much more than just the low end 20% tip, so really upward of A$25.95.

“About a third the price” is clearly, absolutely, wrong.

I’ll stick by my claim of a third. When I was there I was spending with money transferred when the dollar was 95 cents, and several times bought food that was 10 dollars, including salad bar. Your looking up prices on a website and then using today’s exchange rate doesn’t change that.

And yes, I tipped the staff.

You seem to have an absolute obsession about things you don’t like (e.g. cars). Why all the angst?

mmmich 11:56 am 31 Mar 15

Is that family food court restaurant still open in Dickson? Haven’t been there but remember the ads.

pink little birdie 11:44 am 31 Mar 15

Weatherman said :

There are no Sizzler franchises in ACT like there is in Brisbane. Some bistros in Canberra have a similar dining experience, such as the soccer and football clubs (some have small membership fees). There is also Hellenic Club, which is a magnificent venue. Vikings club bistros were also in the southside suburbs. I do remember that Sizzler has good breakfast offerings though.

The closest Sizzler is in Campbelltown (which is semi convienent on the way back from Sydney).
Most of the clubs have a small salad bar that they can have.
I remember many a birthday party at the Tuggeranong Slizzler. My favourite was the Pizza hut at Belconnen though similar but with pizza

rubaiyat 10:49 am 31 Mar 15

You remind me of the Americans I ran into in the Australian markets in Sydney complaining about the prices of the “produce”.

Never calculated the exchange rate (too hard), and ignored that they were looking at kilograms (what are they?) not pounds.

We were struck with the cost and poor quality of “fresh” food in the States. Fruit and veg was mushy and flavourless and cost in US$ per pound what we pay A$ per kilo. If you get off the beaten track, e.g. update New York or Pennsylvania, fresh fruit and vegetables cost more than their awful fast food. They seem to think they are starved of calories and pile all the fats they can lay their hands on, on everything e.g. mayo and extra cheese on what are already cheesy pizzas.

Their Big Macs are 50% fat, half of which is saturated fat with a nice dash of transfat thrown in. Australian Big Macs are by contrast quite lean, less than half the fat, no transfat, no sugar and a fraction of the salt.

Their Coke has 25% more sugar than here. They dose up everything with sugar, salt and fat, even their bread. The reason they love “flavouring” things with cinnamon, cilantro, you name it, is because it covers up the bland horrible taste and gives the illusion of choice.

They cook/fry nearly everything fast food style on griddles because it is low skill, and use Crisco which frankly stinks.

But I guess it is what you are used to. Pity your arteries are not as accommodating.

rubaiyat 10:31 am 31 Mar 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

rubaiyat said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Sizzler is great, but far too expensive in Australia. In the US Sizzler is better, and about a third the price.

I checked their website and that is not true.

Their special sirloin, just a basic portion of meat with chips and a small (tiny) bowl of salad is currently their “Special” for US$14.99 + taxes + tips which would make it over US$20 which is currently A$27 for a meal that would have been cooked by trained monkeys on minimum wages.

The “its cheaper” in the States is for those who can’t do their sums, or the exchange rate, and in my experience, except for L.A., the quality of their food is abysmal.

When I was there two months ago you get a steak/burger and salad bar for $10, and I paid with cash obtained at a much better exchange rate than now. The salad bar was also substantially better than what you see at Sizzler in Australia. You got more, and better, food than the Australian Sizzlers at a far cheaper price.

Have you actually been to Sizzler in the US recently?

It’s been a bit over a year since I have been to the States. Has it got cheaper?

I made it clear that I avoid Sizzlers. It is neither healthy, nor good cooking.

You still left out the REAL exchange rate, the local taxes and the tips.

You tipped the staff right? They have to live off that money, they get paid next to nothing.

You can look up their current prices online.

The A$ is currently buying US 0.7359 cents today.

US$10 (I saw nothing for $10 on their website) is A$13.59, add local taxes approx. A$14.95, add 20% tip is A$17.31.

What I saw online was $14.99 for the Special so approx. A$25.95.

My US relatives give up on the maths, as it seems so do you, it is all too hard for them. The new mobile payment Apps they use on their phones are actually taking much more than just the low end 20% tip, so really upward of A$25.95.

“About a third the price” is clearly, absolutely, wrong.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 7:56 am 31 Mar 15

rubaiyat said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Sizzler is great, but far too expensive in Australia. In the US Sizzler is better, and about a third the price.

I checked their website and that is not true.

Their special sirloin, just a basic portion of meat with chips and a small (tiny) bowl of salad is currently their “Special” for US$14.99 + taxes + tips which would make it over US$20 which is currently A$27 for a meal that would have been cooked by trained monkeys on minimum wages.

The “its cheaper” in the States is for those who can’t do their sums, or the exchange rate, and in my experience, except for L.A., the quality of their food is abysmal.

When I was there two months ago you get a steak/burger and salad bar for $10, and I paid with cash obtained at a much better exchange rate than now. The salad bar was also substantially better than what you see at Sizzler in Australia. You got more, and better, food than the Australian Sizzlers at a far cheaper price.

Have you actually been to Sizzler in the US recently?

JC 12:18 am 31 Mar 15

taninaus said :

the one we had here closed down about 20 years ago.

Actually we had two. One in Tuggeranong at the Hyperdome and one in Belconnen next to Hungry Jacks and Red Rooster.

If I recall the issue was there were two franchisees in Australia. The one that owned the Canberra restaurants and many, but not all of those in NSW went bust but the original franchisee, primarily in QLD didn’t. They have all since been brought out and there are still a few in Sydney.

vintage123 10:41 pm 30 Mar 15

Hogs breath cafe at baileys corner? I think the main reason people would dine at the black stump was the two for one deal with the shop a dockets. Seemed like an ok feed to me, back in 1999.

Sandman 8:27 pm 30 Mar 15

Rollersk8r said :

As already noted, the “value for money” market in Canberra is dominated by local clubs.

Only until you try out a proper restaurant and realise that a very small amount of extra money gets you a huge jump in quality, service and atmosphere.

Weatherman 7:50 pm 30 Mar 15

There are no Sizzler franchises in ACT like there is in Brisbane. Some bistros in Canberra have a similar dining experience, such as the soccer and football clubs (some have small membership fees). There is also Hellenic Club, which is a magnificent venue. Vikings club bistros were also in the southside suburbs. I do remember that Sizzler has good breakfast offerings though.

taninaus 4:51 pm 30 Mar 15

Sadly no Sizzlers or equivalent in Canberra. You have to travel to Brisbane or Perth to find one. the one we had here closed down about 20 years ago.

but we do have plenty of fabulous restaurants and the sports clubs locally provide a great feed for the family. Eastern Tiger is one of the better/only buffet type set ups it is Asian oriented food, along with some staples like chips and wedges.

rubaiyat 4:25 pm 30 Mar 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Sizzler is great, but far too expensive in Australia. In the US Sizzler is better, and about a third the price.

I checked their website and that is not true.

Their special sirloin, just a basic portion of meat with chips and a small (tiny) bowl of salad is currently their “Special” for US$14.99 + taxes + tips which would make it over US$20 which is currently A$27 for a meal that would have been cooked by trained monkeys on minimum wages.

The “its cheaper” in the States is for those who can’t do their sums, or the exchange rate, and in my experience, except for L.A., the quality of their food is abysmal.

rubaiyat 4:01 pm 30 Mar 15

Madam Cholet said :

Madam Cholet said :

Black Stump and Sizzlers were the cuisine of last resort in the 70’s. Which was when I first went to London and found there was actually something worse.

btw mchalmers did say they are from Brisbane.

I don’t know where you were eating in London, but I was seriously shocked at the quality of the Black Stump – and that was 1993 – not the 1970s by any means – I’m sure London of the 70s was still more greasy spoon or pie and mash.

I do recall back in my late teens that the new pub chains that were springing up in London and surrounds were quite good and reasonably priced.

I must say I am surprised that Sizzlers still exists, my Mum used to like it for some reason that escaped me. Maybe it was the “All you can eat” salad bar. “All you can eat”, from my long experience here and in the States, being a warning sign, not an invitation.

I do remember the occasional good game pie in a UK Pub, and a particular Moroccan restaurant in Kings Road, but remember some horror meals, dishwater coffee and the “steamed” bread. Thankfully I spent most of my time across La Manche.

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