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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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Looking for something like Sizzlers in Canberra
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.

Kerryhemsley 3:04 pm 30 Mar 15

Having lived in and visited London and other parts of the UK many times I wouldn’t be suggesting it is the benchmark for good food by any means.

Madam Cholet 1:51 pm 30 Mar 15

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.

Rollersk8r 1:28 pm 30 Mar 15

Can’t tell if this is a serious post or not – but Sizzler did indeed shutdown in Canberra (and just about everywhere else) a very, very long time ago.

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

rubaiyat 11:23 am 30 Mar 15

Madam Cholet said :

When I first arrived in Australia (just over 20 years ago), my family took us to a place in Sydney called The Black Stump. Apparently this place was a great place to eat. I have to say that I was not impressed. Maybe because I came directly from ‘trendy’ London to the ‘burbs of the North Shore, but probably really just because it was cr*p. Burnt and inedible are the two words I recall. But the family atmosphere was definately there!

A few years later in the mid-nineties, a really good friend of mine worked part-time at a Sizzler. For me it has the same vibe as that Black Stump all those years ago. Personally, I would encourage them to become a bit more daring in their eating habits. There are so many great places to eat that it would be alsmost criminal to look for something resembling a Sizzler.

If you must, then look up any club – Vikings, Canberra, Hellenic etc. Rose Cottage down south does a good & reasonably priced schnitzel or steak.

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.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:17 am 30 Mar 15

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

watto23 11:10 am 30 Mar 15

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.

Canberra has plenty of choices and good restaurants. If its all you can eat that you are really after….. I’d have to wonder why… I can get enough food to eat for the same price and of better quality anywhere else. But there is the Eastern tiger as mentioned in the first post and also one on the other side of town in Dickson (I can’t think of the name).

Madam Cholet 10:49 am 30 Mar 15

When I first arrived in Australia (just over 20 years ago), my family took us to a place in Sydney called The Black Stump. Apparently this place was a great place to eat. I have to say that I was not impressed. Maybe because I came directly from ‘trendy’ London to the ‘burbs of the North Shore, but probably really just because it was cr*p. Burnt and inedible are the two words I recall. But the family atmosphere was definately there!

A few years later in the mid-nineties, a really good friend of mine worked part-time at a Sizzler. For me it has the same vibe as that Black Stump all those years ago. Personally, I would encourage them to become a bit more daring in their eating habits. There are so many great places to eat that it would be alsmost criminal to look for something resembling a Sizzler.

If you must, then look up any club – Vikings, Canberra, Hellenic etc. Rose Cottage down south does a good & reasonably priced schnitzel or steak.

rubaiyat 2:19 am 30 Mar 15

Why not just go and get any pub lunch of equal or better quality?

e.g. The Kingston Hotel. Cheaper and better.

Kambahbarry 4:17 pm 29 Mar 15

You could try Eastern Tiger, Corinna St Woden, near Chemist Warehouse. All you can eat buffet with mix of Asian and Western Food, You get a wide menu choice: Fish & Chips, Roasts with all trimmings, Asian Food, salads and sea food. Piles of desserts. Cost $15.5 mon to Sat lunch for adults, kids charged by age. Not for connoisseurs but well cooked food with a great range. When I went, (Sat lunch) heaps of families, crowded and noisy but easy place for kids.

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