Single poached egg, no sides, no toast $12 ….

XO_VSOP 25 May 2010 50

A friend of mine went out for breakfast on Sunday at the Z brassiere in Tuggeranong and vows to never return…….

The tale of the tape;

My friend ordered a single poached egg, no sides , no toast strange order nonetheless that’s what she ordered. She enjoyed her single poached egg, a coffee and good chat with her fiancé, at the end she asked for the bill and was shocked that she had been charged $12 for a single poached egg, no sides , no toast.

My Friend reluctantly paid the bill and will not return.

Single poached egg no sides no toast $12 …


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cityandcolour cityandcolour 12:12 am 17 Jul 10

Have been to Z a handful of times for breakfast/coffee dates, purely for convenience. I have tired to give it more than enough chances!
Rude service. Slow service. Over priced. Bland/boring food. And they ALWAYS get the order wrong. Don’t go. 🙂

XO_VSOP XO_VSOP 1:27 pm 28 May 10

vg said :

If price is soooooo important to you Maccas sounds up your alley

RaiderJack said :

Wake up, it’s not hard to poach eggs. Get some real life skills and stop crying because you’re silly enough not to understand that when you go out to eat you shouldn’t really have a right to go and pick apart a place’s menu. Canberra is filled with plenty of options for every diner, find a few places you like and stick to them.

I am just relaying the story , It’s of human interest. Both your views / expressions are assuming my standards or habits are those of my friends and in this case they are not,however its made for good TV.

RaiderJack RaiderJack 11:21 pm 27 May 10

Wake up, it’s not hard to poach eggs. Get some real life skills and stop crying because you’re silly enough not to understand that when you go out to eat you shouldn’t really have a right to go and pick apart a place’s menu. Canberra is filled with plenty of options for every diner, find a few places you like and stick to them.

vg vg 8:51 pm 27 May 10

If price is soooooo important to you Maccas sounds up your alley

buzz819 buzz819 10:47 am 26 May 10

Thats a weird flavored sauce you have there Conan.

It is bad to see this type of thing happening at places where you love to go.

Poachers Pantry used to do a great big breakfast pie, the size of a large dinner plate, it is not half the size with another 5% extra on top of the price.

Unfortunately if people are still willing to go eat at these places the prices will continue to rise.

I’m sorry about the OP’s finding’s of the place, I know at most cafe’s around the place a simple egg’s on toast is about the $10 mark – Cream, Gus’s, Black Pepper, seems to be the normal price, if they ordered that and said just one egg thanks then you still get the menu price.

Maybe the smart thing would have been to order the single poached egg with someone else’s meal and only pay the extra addition – maybe $3.

I enjoy eating out with my partner, its a Sunday tradition for us, if I’m not working. Gives us a chance to be out and about, have some food that we don’t have to clean up or cook.

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 8:36 am 26 May 10

From yourRestaurants.com.au;

“Z Brasserie is setting the dining scene in Tuggeranong. Owner Debbie Wentworth-Shields, previously of Kingston’s Zest, has brought a roster of local staff and a commitment to the gastronomic experience.

The sophisticated space works to fill some of the void that has existed in local dining, offering alternative breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The tone is casual, yet established, offering some slightly more formal, brasserie-inspired selections after dark. Even kids (and the young at heart) can join in on the fun, with colouring-in books to keep.
Seasonal specials keep patrons – and the kitchen – on their toes, while regulars such as the eye fillet with caramelised onion risotto aim to please.”

A comment from further down the page;
“What started out as a great little cafe with awesome service, good prices and simple fine fare has fast become tedious, overpriced and disappointing.

Having been a regular to this cafe over the last 6 months we have decided no more, how many chances does one give a restaurant/cafe before admitting it is not worth it?

A group of us decided to have dinner on Saturday night and I chose the Pan Seared Tuna served with pancetta and potatoes, I must admit if I had been able to see the price ($32.90) I would have passed. What arrived at our table was a small piece of tuna sitting on top of 3 small half slices of potato with very hard, over cooked salty pancetta cubes sprinkled on top. Not a leaf of lettuce or vegie in sight. What in the world possessed the chef to present this as a dish? Not only was it unappealing to look at, but very basic. The tastes didn’t meld together, the pancetta was painful, perhaps very thin slices lightly cooked would have been better?!? All in all it was an uninspiring mess. The poor tuna that sacrificed its life to end up on this plate would have been most humiliated! Now remember the price? Yes over $30 bucks for a small bit of tuna and 3 small halves of potato and a bit of pig gone wrong.

Sad to say the meals have been gradually getting smaller and smaller, the prices have been getting bigger and bigger and the service has started to slide.”

Sauce: http://www.yourrestaurants.com.au/guide/?action=venue&venue_url=z_brasserie

Tooks Tooks 8:07 am 26 May 10

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Pretentious? Moi? Mother Johnson, Mother Johnson!

Haha, classic!

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 8:02 am 26 May 10

I wonder what the Z have to say about this?

vg vg 6:33 am 26 May 10

Interestingly I note that the OP said they also had a coffee with their egg. Did they bring their coffee with them? If not, $12 for an egg and a coffee may be said to be a little expensive but hey, so can cafe eating be.

Its also another one of those ‘my friend says…..’ stories

arescarti42 arescarti42 9:31 pm 25 May 10

la mente torbida said :

Give the OP a break!

One large breakfast with the lot ($11.50) …hold ‘the lot” (still $11.50)

…with a poached egg (add 50c).

You were ripped off and should feel ripped-off.

Think I’ll have to agree with you here. I can see where the other posters are coming from, but quite frankly I’d feel pretty pissed off if I was charged 11.50 for a poached egg too.

CleptaK CleptaK 9:25 pm 25 May 10

I popped into Z Brassierie last weekend with a group of six friends for some breakfast. The place was half empty and they had, on count, seven staff out front. Tables were left uncleaned and orders to other tables were mixed up.

Our initial order of coffee was taken within minutes of being seated and I was impressed, but my positive feelings went no further! We waited 40 mins for just coffee and after asking a waiter about the drink order twice, we upped and left.

Brew Bar a couple of doors down did a great coffee and meal. They were cheaper, too.

Screw the Z.

mkp223 mkp223 6:07 pm 25 May 10

I have several allergies/intolerances, and I don’t like to eat out because of this fact.
But meeting for coffee, going out for a sunday breakfast & catching up for lunch is a social activity that almost all my friends partake in.
I don’t like gluten free bread (any one else who has eaten it will understand) and I often order very plain meals similar to the poached egg mentioned in this post, It is weird, but sitting at a table watching everyone else eat a meal makes me feel even weirder. I have never had any problems and almost all restaurants/cafe’s are really reasonable and I don’t think I have ever been charged full meal prices for the ‘special’ meals that I do order.
I make a point of going back to places who make ordering food that I can eat an easy experience!
I haven’t been to z brasserie but by the sounds of things I will be avoiding it!

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 4:56 pm 25 May 10

Pretentious? Moi? Mother Johnson, Mother Johnson!

Tooks Tooks 4:20 pm 25 May 10

la mente torbida said :

Pretentious … Tuggeranong …ROTFPM!

Do you even know what pretentious means?

XO_VSOP XO_VSOP 3:57 pm 25 May 10

la mente torbida said :

Pretentious … Tuggeranong …ROTFPM!

HA love your

la mente torbida said :

Pretentious … Tuggeranong …ROTFPM!

Pretentious is indeed the correct word , no mistake , sorry I don’t have a comeback to your very obtrusive internet slang,
However the owner of said cafe started in Kingston enough said, she has brought her brand of 5 star service to the little ole deep south and it’s not flying clearly.

eyeLikeCarrots eyeLikeCarrots 3:50 pm 25 May 10

Miss87 said :

I have been to z brasserie twice, the first time was with a group of 5 people and extra coffee’s were added to our bill. They don’t show you a listing of what you have paid for until after you have paid, so we didn’t notice until we were walking inside the centre, was it worth going back and figting with them over $8? Between 5 people it was less than $2 each. We left it.
The second time I ordered the squid and it wasn’t cooked properly..under cooked seafood, no thanks!

Next time you go, why don’t you save yourself of posting on RA and just give them an extra $10.

Miss87 Miss87 3:07 pm 25 May 10

I have been to z brasserie twice, the first time was with a group of 5 people and extra coffee’s were added to our bill. They don’t show you a listing of what you have paid for until after you have paid, so we didn’t notice until we were walking inside the centre, was it worth going back and figting with them over $8? Between 5 people it was less than $2 each. We left it.
The second time I ordered the squid and it wasn’t cooked properly..under cooked seafood, no thanks!

la mente torbida la mente torbida 3:01 pm 25 May 10

Pretentious … Tuggeranong …ROTFPM!

la mente torbida la mente torbida 2:59 pm 25 May 10

Give the OP a break!

One large breakfast with the lot ($11.50) …hold ‘the lot” (still $11.50) …with a poached egg (add 50c).

You were ripped off and should feel ripped-off.

Aurelius Aurelius 2:49 pm 25 May 10

While we’re all sitting here criticising the customer for amending the order, and getting lectures about how we’re also paying for the uniforms of the waiters, let’s remember that there are plenty of venues out there serving eggs, and customers seek value.
Give a customer poor value (perceived or otherwise) and it’ll hurt you if you wiah to run a business.

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