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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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thinky 10:44 pm 18 Jan 13

Fine dining right here: http://therivermoruya.com.au/
Pay more than at a bistro, get less than at a bistro, but worth it if yo bitchin’ ’bout bistros.

gospeedygo 1:56 pm 18 Jan 13

EvanJames said :

The northern end of the south coast is a bit better, possibly because of the levels of Sydneyites and Canberrans getting angry

Yeah but

Sydneyites and Canberrans.

dtc 1:44 pm 18 Jan 13

Reedy said :

And this ladies and gentlemen is why country people think people from Canberra are tools

I know, imagine demanding edible food for $30 per head. Wankers. Go back to where you came from. Well, but leave all your tourist dollars here, just dont actually come yourself.

rosscoact 1:32 pm 18 Jan 13

Reedy said :

And this ladies and gentlemen is why country people think people from Canberra are tools

I dunno, I expect there’s other reasons.

rosscoact 1:29 pm 18 Jan 13

dpm said :

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
?

Here’s a couple I’ve eaten at recently in small towns. People will come for fine food.

Royal Mail hotel – Dunkeld
Population: 397
Location:
283 km (176 mi) W of Melbourne
147 km (91 mi) W of Ballarat
76 km (47 mi) SW of Ararat
33 km (21 mi) NE of Hamilton

Provenance – Beechworth
Population: 2,645(2006)[1]
Postcode: 3747
Elevation: 560 m (1,837 ft)
Location:
284 km (176 mi) NE of Melbourne
39 km (24 mi) SW of Wodonga
38 km (24 mi) E of Wangaratta

However, a decent gastro pub with pride in the food they cook instead of shameful mess hall slop would be appreciated

Antagonist 12:48 pm 18 Jan 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Just checked the internet’s holy grail of information and it never had anchovies, that is a variation which was outdated by the original by a decade.

Anchovies appeared in the original caesar salad as a component of the dressing, and good chefs still use them in their dressings to this day. The variation that includes anchovy fillets as a salad component is an abomination punishable by a severe finger wagging (ACT Law Courts style).

thebrownstreak69 12:40 pm 18 Jan 13

Reedy said :

And this ladies and gentlemen is why country people think people from Canberra are tools

+1.

Reedy 11:15 am 18 Jan 13

And this ladies and gentlemen is why country people think people from Canberra are tools

EvanJames 11:12 am 18 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

EvanJames said :

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.

Ah, the Hussky pub, there’s a name to conjure with. I’ve consumed steaks and beers there on a number of occasions after being dropped off grey ships in JB, and I highly recommend it.

Been eating at the Hussky pub for years, decades, and I don’t think we’ve had a dud meal yet. Just the basics, done well, with generous help-yourself salads, and the best beer garden EVER.

alhtough googling it http://www.thehuskisson.com.au/ I see with some horror that they’ve now built a decky-thing outside, rather than the good old buffalo grass and picnic tables that used to be there. Not sure I like that. A bit “Sydney”.

Roundhead89 11:00 am 18 Jan 13

This is club food in the country. What do you expect? Canberra?

dungfungus 10:38 am 18 Jan 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

dungfungus said :

Richard Bender said :

Caesar salad with no anchovies? At least there’s one kitchen in Australia that knows that a Caesar salad does not have anchovies in it. The absence of egg is a bit more of a problem.

According to “Cook”, (The Australian Women’s Weekly) Caesar Salad has 5 anchovy fillets, drained, halved lengthways (plus the other essential ingredients of course).
To make the “light” Caeser Salad into a more sunstantial meal, Cook recommends adding slices of grilled chicken, crisp bacon and quartered hard boiled eggs (I prefer a quartered poached egg)
I haven’t checked the Silver Spoon yet to see the authentic Italian recipe for Caesar Salad as my wife has hidden the book (thinks I have gone crazy wanting recipies at 10.00pm).
One of the best Caesar Salads in Canberra is at the cafe at the National Portrait Gallery.

Just checked the internet’s holy grail of information and it never had anchovies, that is a variation which was outdated by the original by a decade.

You are welcome to your Cyber Caesar Salad recipe – I’ll take the Australia Women’s Weekly one any day.

Zan 10:24 am 18 Jan 13

I should have mentioned their schnitzel is pan fried, not deep fried like a takeaway!
http://www.clubbega.com.au/dining.html

Zan 10:14 am 18 Jan 13

For price and quality no one can surpass Club Bega. The Drover’s Rest at Bemboka has the best grilled barrumndi. They are notopen on Mondays or Tuesdays.

dtc 9:40 am 18 Jan 13

dpm said :

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
?

and several others around that region (Ulladulla) like Pilgrims and Milton Pizza

Its not a matter of there being restaurants or not. There are already restaurants, but as the OP says they seem to not have moved on from the 1970s. Maybe that is what the locals like and they are catering to their market, while the city folk now have different taste buds. Who knows – but if they are cooking meals for the public and charging city prices, then some quality would be appreciated.

Deref 8:57 am 18 Jan 13

“Club food despair”

I fixed that for you.

jadie360 8:13 am 18 Jan 13

I probably shouldn’t be telling you this because the place is already packed, but Michael’s Brasserie @ Narooma Golfy has some of the best club/pub food ever! http://www.naroomagolf.com.au/resources/michaels-brasserie-menu.pdf

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