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Worst Meal in Canberra?

By ant 30 April 2009 124

I wanted to post this in the 2006 long-running “worst Canberra restaurants” topic, but it’s so full it won’t play with MS internet explorer. So maybe it’s time for a new topic about meals you are sorry you ate (and paid for).

Tonight we tested the Twisted Fork at the Dickson Tradies, and it was the worst meal I’ve had in memory. I’m still feeling ill. 

When they brought our meals, we were amazed to find that the one person who’d opted for veggies had an oval dish of veggies, but for the remaining three people, one oval dish of chips was for all three of us! The chips were good though. Pity about the rest of it. The veggies were not very nice, either. The potatoes were on their second night by the taste of it. It’s hard to ruin potatoes but they’d achieved it.

When ordering, I’d asked if they had any vinegar for the chips, and the ordering lady said the plastic bottle on the condiments stand had vinegar. Well, after scattering this on my chips, it became evident that this was in fact a “vinegrette” dressing, but one of doubtful provenance.  The best description I can come up with is, that the oil was rancid, for industrial use only (greasing trays or something), and had been stored in a container usually used for dish washing detergeant (just typing that made me feel ill again). It was disgusting.

The chicken kievs we had also tasted of this industrial, chemically oil, and seemed to contain no garlic at all.  The barramundis the rest of the party consumed were “OK”, but thin and dry. But they weren’t offensive.

I’ve heard good things about the Tradies, but this meal was really bad.  Misery loves company, and I’d love to hear that someone else has had worse food recently. 

What’s Your opinion?


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I-filed 3:32 pm 11 Sep 10

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Anna Key said :

And as a broad comment about restaurants, since when has there been an expectation of a tip? I order a steak, vegies are extra, the service is ok, the wine list is overpriced and then there is an expectation that I will chuck an extra few dollars in. I’m happy to tip for exceptional service but isn’t a meal and service supposedly what I’ve just paid for? Otherwise why not get a lean cuisine and throw it in the microwave

So true. I never tip in Canberra, because I struggle to get service worth tipping for. Best meals for me lately have been the Southern Cross club Woden.

No-one should tip in Australia – ever. Tipping is legitimate in the US, where waiters are not paid by the hour, but rely on tips to live on. Waiters are paid a generous hourly rate, and should be providing great service already. If a waiter is being underpaid, they should take that up with Fair Work Australia.

top10 1:14 pm 11 Sep 10

Vivaldi restraurant at the ANU – THE WORST EVER!! When my friends and I arrived for the show (after a booking fiasco), we realised immediately that the restaurant was overbooked. Our table was wedged in a back corner just in front of a pile of dusty junk. The chairs did not even fit at the table (literally two of our plates did not fit at the table). I was stuck in the back corner and could not leave my seat. In order to go to the bathroom I had to climb under the table. Appalling. The food was no better. Two of our entrees never arrived. Our mains were cold, and one main arrived after everyone else had already finished. The food was mediocre and difficult to enjoy due to the terrible conditions. I spoke to the owner who was rude and unapologetic. The manager lied to my face about what transpired during the booking process. I was stunned. I have never before experienced anything like this in Canberra. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!

busgirl 7:57 pm 07 Oct 09

I worked at the Tradies back in it’s hey day when…
– the Schnitzel House was being operated month on month off by the two bistro teams,
– Rosco made chicken and mayo toasted sandwiches at two in the morning,
– ‘side-show alley’ still existed (only real regulars will know that one),
– there were meat raffles (a huge 31 trays of meat) held every night,
– the Black Mountain Jazz band played on a Saturday morning,
– there were bikes and trams all over the joint, and
– you had to throw yourself against the wall to get out of the way of the stampeding bingo bats at half-time…sure it was crusty, but boy it had character.

If the real Tradies schnitzels are indeed coming back…I know people who would travel 800kms to taste one of those again 😀

Thumper 7:03 pm 07 Oct 09

I’ve never had a bad meal anywhere in Canberra.

Seriously…

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