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Looking for something like Sizzlers in Canberra

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.

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