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Sumo Salad Romesco Beef and Chorizzo. $10 lunch review

By johnboy - 16 March 2011 6

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Today I ventured once again to the foodcourt under the Dendy and tried my luck with the Sumo Salad.

Having no desire design my own salad I ordered one of their “favourite” recipes, in this case the Romesco Beef and Chorizzo.

It turns out this takes a great deal of time to make. And I was given no warning of this when I ordered it and no communication as the wait went on. I could have gone and had a poke in JB HiFi, but instead I stood and watched strange old ladies be rude to the staff.

After about 8 minutes there were questions.

“Chick peas or snow peas?” Well both are fine in their place but never having eaten this dish before how am I supposed to be the judge of that? Snow peas are more expensive so I went with them.

“Salt and Pepper?” Does it need salt and pepper? If I’m being asked maybe it does?

It turns out that with the soft cheese in this dish it is more than salty enough, and the Romesco sauce had plenty of pepper. So adding more was a mistake.

And then we come to the red onion, a current scourge of modish fast food.

A little bit of red onion is a wonderful thing.

But it’s the “little bit” which makes a little bit of red onion such an excellent relish. Very few people will ever buy a red onion just to bite hunks out of it.

So why ask me to eat such enormous hunks of it?

It was also full of hard to identify crunchy things with the unmistakeable taste of processed food.

This one cost me $9.45 and my overwhelming thought when eating it was of all the other really good places in Civic I could have bought my lunch for less money.

(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)

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6 Responses to
Sumo Salad Romesco Beef and Chorizzo. $10 lunch review
Kerryhemsley 12:42 pm 17 Mar 11

nicnacvb said :

Good to see these guys are keeping the “service” consistent around the country.

I ordered a salad from them a while ago in Melbourne and it would have been nice except for the unpleasant surprise of eucalyptus leaves.

When I returned to query this I was given a very surly response indeed. Finally got a refund. But will not be going back.

Apparently eucalyptus leaves are standard in there prepacked “lettuce” mix. I was under the impression that eucalyptus leaves were poisonous to humans.

Yeah how much can a koala ……?

That tired old hack Austen Tayshus is back.

creative_canberran 6:38 pm 16 Mar 11

That’s very troubling if they’re using eucalyptus leaves in their salad.
Nutritionally, the leaves and bark have negligible value anyway and are quite tough and fibrous. Aboriginal people did use the leaves and oil in small amounts but only medicinally.
Key thing is the leaves and bark contain oil that is highly cyanogenic. In high enough concentrations, it turns into hydrogen cyanide, that can cause injury and death. The concentrations for this likely wouldn’t be reached from a salad for an adult but in children and small animals can be immediately damaging.
The essential oil though is far worse can can be fatal in even small amounts.

far_northact 6:30 pm 16 Mar 11

If you want salad, try Nutmeg, near Supabarn – downstairs…

nicnacvb 5:17 pm 16 Mar 11

Good to see these guys are keeping the “service” consistent around the country.

I ordered a salad from them a while ago in Melbourne and it would have been nice except for the unpleasant surprise of eucalyptus leaves.

When I returned to query this I was given a very surly response indeed. Finally got a refund. But will not be going back.

Apparently eucalyptus leaves are standard in there prepacked “lettuce” mix. I was under the impression that eucalyptus leaves were poisonous to humans.

johnboy 3:52 pm 16 Mar 11

Well i was just following the signage! But I did get the feeling I was breaking the mold.

creative_canberran 3:49 pm 16 Mar 11

Must admit JB I’ve never seen anyone order a salad from there that wasn’t already made and on display. You may very well have been the first they’d done it for. Not an excuse for the shabby quality and service, just an observation.

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