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South Coast Club Food Despair

By Affirmative Action Man - 17 January 2013 37

After spending a week near Tathra with Mrs AAM & AA kiddies I continue to despair about the quality of the food being served in many South Coast establishments, particularly RSL’s, Bowls & Golf clubs.   I know there are some places doing a great job in Tuross & Merimbula to name a couple but really a lot of them serve rubbish & we ought to name & shame them.

Deep fried, & burnt parmigianas, soggy chips, Ceasar Salads without a hint of egg or anchovies.   Some of the worst are those with Chinese restaurants attached  with a chop suey/chow mein menu straight out of 1958.   These culinary crimes should be stopped.  It was so depressing that the best option was usually fish & chips at the local take away.

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37 Responses to
South Coast Club Food Despair
460cixy 1:35 pm 17 Jan 13

If you are eating in clubs you get what you deserve and clubs here are no better and in some cases worse just slop

dpm 1:34 pm 17 Jan 13

Roadrage77 said :

No decent restauranteur in their right mind would open an establishment at the South Coast. Yes they’d make a killing for 1 month, but who’s gonna pay the bills for the other 11?… .

http://www.bannisters.com.au/restaurant
?

astrojax 12:44 pm 17 Jan 13

stop in mogo on the way and try tyler’s pantry – duck and pea jaffles, mmmm, croque monsieur, mmmmm again. and very nice coffee. (they had a fantastic sister establishment, fine dining, in one of the coastal strip villages south of b/bay [forget which one], but it closed – due, as noted above, to the paucity of clientele year round)

EvanJames 12:40 pm 17 Jan 13

The northern end of the south coast is a bit better, possibly because of the levels of Sydneyites and Canberrans getting angry if the food’s crap. Huskisson Pub, in Jervis Bay, is legendary for the excellence of its club-style food.

Local fish and chipperys should be good, as they have to survive when the blow-ins arent’ there, but if the local population is clueless and likes stodgey deep fried stuff made with dirty oil, then you have a problem.

Ben_Dover 12:32 pm 17 Jan 13

Eating at RSL’s, Bowls & Golf clubs? Do you take your car to be serviced at the butchers? Do you go to your dentist to buy your shoes?

Roadrage77 12:28 pm 17 Jan 13

No decent restauranteur in their right mind would open an establishment at the South Coast. Yes they’d make a killing for 1 month, but who’s gonna pay the bills for the other 11? That said, you wouldn’t think it was beyond anybody to produce food to a basic developed-world standard.

GTeam 12:13 pm 17 Jan 13

MsCheeky said :

For a treat, you should for one lunch or dinner head about 70k up the road to Bodalla, and enjoy what Malibu Mex has to offer. It’s very kid friendly, and while it’s been a while since I was there, when I tried to get a booking recently it was booked out, so that probably tells you something.

Big +1 for malibu mex

Diggety 12:12 pm 17 Jan 13

As long as they have a booze and a courtesy bus, I’d be happy with E. coli infested bar snacks…

switch 12:11 pm 17 Jan 13

Some young thing was raving about the sausage rolls at Tathra on a cooking show just yesterday! Anyone care to guess where she meant?

The cafe on the beach, and the place that’s a gallery downstairs and a cafe upstairs used to be good, but I haven’t been to Tathra for three years, so they could be gone now. Pity the wharf was so variable, such a nice location.

Reprobate 11:48 am 17 Jan 13

We’ve had some delicious meals in Merimbula at the Vicolo, the Thai Noodle House, the Waterfront Cafe and even the RSL – each being well priced for what they are and certainly better than equivalents around Batemans Bay. No complaints here…

Conan of Cooma 11:34 am 17 Jan 13

Yeah, never heard of people going to Tathra for high dining. The beach? Yes. Swimming? Yes. Fishing? Yes. Watersports? Yes. Fine dining?

No.

enrique 11:23 am 17 Jan 13

It’s probably worth considering the stats of the areas and their ability to sustain a higher quality (i.e. higher cost) eating establishments beyond the 3 or 4 week tourist season each year. They’re probably just hiring short term temporary workers to deal with the peak demand over the holidays, the rest of the year the place is probably fairly quiet and wouldn’t be able to sustain much more than what you’re describing.

So, be nice… go easy on them and be thankful they have a town with infrastructure we can all swarm to during summer each year… having these beautiful sleepy towns within driving distance of us is a privilege not a right.

http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/UCL115133?opendocument&navpos=220

Tathra…

People 1,526
Male 759
Female 767
Median age 49

Families 403
Average children per family 1.8

All private dwellings 887
Average people per household 2.2
Median weekly household income $882
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,300
Median weekly rent $200

M0les 11:14 am 17 Jan 13

Well that’s just club food in general, IMHO. Most Canberra clubs do your standard boring “steak, fish, parma and chips with everything”, which is apparently what the punters want. Personally I wish they’d take the opportunity to be a bit more adventurous. There are a couple of local exceptions: When Gingers was at the Tuggie Town Center club, we’d go there weekly (Alas they’ve moved-out and it’s back to beefsteak and boredom). The Mawson club used to try a few more interesting dishes and the Helenic’s restaurants are all very good. Even the Helenic’s “trough” (bistro) does quite good food in bulk.

Perhaps if you started-up some snarky “anti-review” website to get the debate going?

Madam Cholet 10:48 am 17 Jan 13

Interesting post, and I totally agree with you, (even if it is a bit first world!). We have a place down at Merimbula and I’m constantly amazed that in the peak of summer there are one or two decent places to eat. So you end up at Woolies buying stuff for a bbq instead. When we first started going there, we went to the RSL. Firstly, absolutely gobsmacked that it did not have an outdoor area – it’s all about the pokies, footy watching and bar and stunned that it cost us $100 for two adults and a small child to eat, not including drinks.

The best place in Merimbula is Cranky Pants cafe – it’s right on the beach road and does breaky, lunch and take out dinners in the summer – and kid friendly. And great food that is slightly outside of the square. Great really cheap Thai in town, and nice Thai at Pambula.

MsCheeky 10:43 am 17 Jan 13

For a treat, you should for one lunch or dinner head about 70k up the road to Bodalla, and enjoy what Malibu Mex has to offer. It’s very kid friendly, and while it’s been a while since I was there, when I tried to get a booking recently it was booked out, so that probably tells you something.

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