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Lookout Cafe – Red Hill – Mini review

By Tack 1 July 2007 28

For those who have not heard, the new cafe has finally opened (6-8 weeks ago) at the Red Hill lookout. Named – appropriately – The LookOut Bar & Cafe.

Open Wednesday to Sunday at the moment – Planning 7 Days once the weather warms up. Throwing caution to the wind, SWMBOB and I walked up for lunch on Friday. Parking is not a problem given the size of the area! Having taken over the ground floor, with views predominantly to the north – over south Canberra and the lake, the situation is great on a clear day. Tables are available outside and in. I can see it as a great place for evening drinks in summer – maybe for the fireworks too!

At present, there are 2 menus: one available until around 5 pm and another predominantly after 5 (although they will serve from it earlier on request). Closing time around 8pm. There is also a drinks menu.

We started with a Kia Royal – $7.50 each. There was also a selection of spirits – $5.50, as well as wine by the glass (reasonable selection), beers, cider and soft drinks. Over all, the alcohol was cheaper than I have come to expect. Food- a selection of pies (on the specials board) salads, toasted croissants, open face sandwiches, breakfast staples etc. The “evening” menu consists of finger food – meat balls, spring rolls, chicken wings and dipping sauces and so on.There are no pretensions to restaurant status, more a Tapas approach to go with the drinks. Upstairs is being refurbished, and will presumably be let as a restaurant (again….)

You order at the counter, but food is brought to the table. Presentation is simple but good, and the food fresh. Salads clean and crisp, smoked salmon delicious and the bread tasty. Coffee was excellent.

I was surprised to see many tables taken at lunch, which I think bodes well for the future and perhaps some consistency.

Overall, we were quite impressed. A good spot for lunch or an evening drink and nibbles. Worth a look.


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Postalgeek 8:17 pm 17 May 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

wow – two newbies posting negative comments about a business reviving a thread that has not been posted on for almost two years I call shenanigans.

You read my mind.

Anna Key 4:45 pm 17 May 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

wow – two newbies posting negative comments about a business reviving a thread that has not been posted on for almost two years I call shenanigans.

But if you start a new thread, there’s a load of responses that the subject was covered previously and include the link. My guess is the newbie look for other reviews and found this one.

wow – two newbies posting negative comments about a business reviving a thread that has not been posted on for almost two years I call shenanigans.

febeelee 2:34 pm 17 May 10

i would say the food wasn’t that bad but the service was aweful. i had to wait far too long and didn’t get treated how any person should be treated. a little equal customer service would be nice and some manners, no matter what you look like what you wear or what colour or race you are.

a brown aussie 2:30 pm 17 May 10

maybe you got surved by someone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a brown aussie said :

I was disgusted at the owner and staff members that were working on the 16/5/10. As I entered the cafe I noticed it was busy, but not excessively so. I stood with a friend of mine, waiting to get a table for two. As we stood there, the cashiers continued to serve people lined up behind us, who were paying for their meals. He did not once look at us. We waited patiently for 10 minutes whilst he kept calling people from behind us forward to pay. I can not belive how disgusting this ‘service’ was. Once he had finished serving all the customers, he went on to make coffee, continuing to ignore us. We waited 15 minutes all up and still got no attention. After this time I became fed up and walked away. I do not look like someone off the street, I was a paying customer and he did not look at me once to ask what i was after. I was apalled at the staff members manners and services. I have to wonder whether my ethnicity was a problem for them.

And you call yourself ‘a brown aussie’ sure you are not trying to sling some mud.

I have only had positive experieinces there even at a dinner party with some *gasp* ethnic looking people.

a brown aussie 1:13 pm 17 May 10

I was disgusted at the owner and staff members that were working on the 16/5/10. As I entered the cafe I noticed it was busy, but not excessively so. I stood with a friend of mine, waiting to get a table for two. As we stood there, the cashiers continued to serve people lined up behind us, who were paying for their meals. He did not once look at us. We waited patiently for 10 minutes whilst he kept calling people from behind us forward to pay. I can not belive how disgusting this ‘service’ was. Once he had finished serving all the customers, he went on to make coffee, continuing to ignore us. We waited 15 minutes all up and still got no attention. After this time I became fed up and walked away. I do not look like someone off the street, I was a paying customer and he did not look at me once to ask what i was after. I was apalled at the staff members manners and services. I have to wonder whether my ethnicity was a problem for them.

qwerky 2:06 pm 28 May 08

And their seafood chowder is fantastic, best I’ve tasted! That was just over a year ago though, so don’t know if they still do it…

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