Queanbeyan Bowling Club – dining review

ant 17 September 2008 7

The Central Cafe reviews have inspired me to reveal a hidden gem for those who like hearty meals, friendly service and don’t need to find it in modern trendy eateries.

Allow me to present Nibblez on the Green, the charming little eatery at the Queanbo Bowling Club.


Queanbeyan Bowling Club is on the main drag, fringing that giant park in the middle of town, a few doors west of the Cops. No, it’s not the RSL Bowlo on Yass Rd (near Red Rooster), it’s at the other end, opposite the Showground.

http://www.qbnbowlingclub.com.au (the food bit is in “facilities”, and there’s a Map).

It’s best approached from the rear as there is heaps of parking, around the greens (browns at the moment), and you enter through a creaky little metal gate and wander up through careful beds of Pansies. The club is very small, the ceiling lofty and the walls are glass. The giant bar dominates the place, and there’s a membership book on the corner of the bar which you fill in. The eatery is a little room made with dividers. It’s recently done up with modern red walls. You grab your menu from the servery, send someone off to the bar to scrounge for drinks, and order and pay at the servery. They bring the food to you.

If you look at the menu, it’s an interesting mix of modern stuff, traditional favourites, and pub grub. And it’s spot-on: well cooked, fresh and tasty, and you’d better come hungry because otherwise you’ll be battling to finish it. This is Queanbeyan.

The service in Nibblez and out in the bar is super-friendly (this is Queanbeyan). When we were there recently, a relative went to buy the beers and a carafe of white. He came back carrying the beers, accompanied by the bar lady who carried a bottle of white in an ice bucket, and the glasses. Apparently, she’d clued him up that a bottle of white was cheaper than a carafe and you got more plonk!

They use good ingredients, there’s modern touches even with the old-fashioned stuff (at lunch, the chicken schnitzel roll is served on turkish bread, for instance). Fussy fish-munchers of my acquaintance reckoned the salmon (huon salmon?) and other fish things were excellent. I reckon their chicken schnitzels are beyond par. The salads are mesclun mixes and accents drizzled with a balsamic-style dressing. And the friendly service makes it a really pleasant experience. And it’s at club prices. They have an espresso machine and know how to use it.

So next time you’re Hungry in Queanbeyan, give it a try. You’ll be sharing space with blokes in fluro vests, oldies and the guys who look after the massive park, and it’s an affable, good-humoured place.

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7 Responses to Queanbeyan Bowling Club – dining review
Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 6:58 pm 03 Sep 12

Excise it, or you are never going to be a friend of this little green duck.

Pilkunnussijat don’t have friend’s.

poetix poetix 4:45 pm 03 Sep 12

Went to the second link to see if there are any vegetarian meals anywhere in Queanbeyan, and saw the slogan:

“There Are No Strangers Here ~ Only Friend’s Who Haven’t Met” (sic)

That totally redundant apostrophe! And the inexplicable fact that it is on friends but not strangers! I totally swooned. Excise it, or you are never going to be a friend of this little green duck.

Pitchka Pitchka 3:14 pm 03 Sep 12

Surely Melissa wins the weekly prize for the best thread dig!

MELLISA MELLISA 2:24 pm 03 Sep 12

Very disappointed – won’t be going back.
Friends invited us to join them to watch the NRL game at their local club. Promoting themselves as a ‘family club’ we didn’t have any hesitation in taking the kids along. We walked in to the main reception only to be told the family area was out of use tonight as there was a poker game on and there was no alternative – so we sat in the bistro but the one TV in that area was small and couldn’t be heard over the dinner conversation of the other 100 or so families that were already there.

We had planned to stay for dinner so we decided to make it an earlier one and order straight away – lucky we did. After 30 minutes of waiting in line we finally made it to the front of the line. The club had one poor lady serving the entire bistro and also distrubiting salads and organising breads roles! Why two people weren’t serving is beyond me!?! The lovely lady did advise that our long wait would be worth it as ”meals come out quick”.

Our meals did come fairly quickly and were to a good standard – unless you want your salad washed before eating it! The two couples who were sitting with us however waited and waited and waited. The two well done steaks come finally but the ceasar salad and pasta were another 20 minutes behind that – and they ordered before us! The only explanation was “they were on a different docket” which made no sense anyway as they’d order prior to us! Just an apology for waiting would have been nice.

I wouldn’t recommend this place unless you have alot of time and patience and probably no kids!!

ant ant 9:21 pm 18 Sep 08

I forgot to mention the interesting fish. Above the bar they have fish tanks (no you can’t eat these fish, they are for entertainment or decoration or something). There’s an assortment of fish going around, but each tank features a weird little fish sucking onto the glass with its mouth. It appears to clean the green stuff off the glass, and it’s the oddest thing I’ve seen in ages.

What a handy invention for aquariums, but I wonder what this fish did before they had aquariums? It has a very large mouth, not a neat little mouth like goldfish have.

ant ant 8:51 pm 17 Sep 08

Well, we went there again tonight, and it was FULL! Damn, word got out fast. Luckily there’s heaps of overflow room into the rest of the club. I had me chicken schnitzel again, others had the fish n chips, and the Butter Chicken (complete with giant pappadums sticking up out of it). Four big meals came to $55, and the food was good.

Haven’t had the caeser salad, but I bet “tenderloins” are those white soft bits inside the lettuce.

crabb crabb 1:24 pm 17 Sep 08

Seems like good value, Ant, but I am intigued by the “tenderloins of cos lettuce” in the Caesar salad. Is it free-range lettuce, I wonder?

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