Gastronomy - Seconds Anyone?

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In your travels, Out and About, where have you enjoyed the best pub meal (ever) such that you would be back there tomorrow for seconds…

Mrs Landy and I still talk about the best feed of barramundi and chips we had at the Burketown Pub over 20-years ago!

Um, yeah, sorry Mrs Landy, I must take you out for dinner more often…!

Anyway, what did you eat and where were you?

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Reply By: Tim Owen - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 00:58

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 00:58
Our reference point for Prawns was set by the Samson Beach Tavern in Samson Point, WA who dished up a plate of basic but absolutely delicious crumbed prawns 10 or so years ago. Only recently in Galicia, Spain did I experience prawns that tasted as good.
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Reply By: Jon W (Toow - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 01:53

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 01:53
Bruno's Italian Restaurant in Lightning Ridge serves unbelievable sophisticated and delicious meals for an outback town. The quality of their seafood offerings is superb. We will certainly go back there.
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Reply By: Genny - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 08:09

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 08:09
Truth is, you can never go back. Whatever cosmic alignment caused THAT meal to be THE best ever, will never quite be the same again, even if it is prepared exactly the same YOU will be different ........ and disappointed!
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Follow Up By: Bob R4 - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 08:43

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 08:43
Genny, sadly you are right.
However, keep looking for the next edition of best ever.
Its day will surely come.
Ours was a small fish shop in the middle of Mc Crossan St Port Douglas about 20 yrs ago.
You could buy a kilo of freshly cooked and iced school prawns for about $10, and wander down to the top end of 4 mile beach, sit on the rocks with a coldie and prawns.
There's one which won't happen again.

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Follow Up By: Genny - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:06

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:06
Lol you blokes and your prawns.

I'm allergic to them, the buggers make me VERY ill!
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:39

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:39
Hi Genny

I must say, that is always the risk, a bit the like sequel to a great movie, usually never as good!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:09

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:09
For us (the bride and I) it would have to be Tattersalls Hotel in Winton, the platter of prawns and bugs that were served up to us was to die for, always believed you shouldn't have seafood when your more than 100ks from the coast......blew that belief out the window.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:41

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:41
Hey Tony

Mrs Landy is looking overall my shoulder and saying she agrees, we've had one of our best steaks in this pub!

Note to Mrs Landy - see I have taken you out more than once in the past 20 years...

cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 17:26

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 17:26
I used to pull up there on the bypass road and have always had an excellent meal. Paul and staff were always great and made sure I blew zero, zero in the morning.

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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:18

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:18
G,day Baz Having a gold fish like memory its hard to remember my last feed ...
Lol ... but one i do remember from a trip we did few years back in
Leinster WA miners mess lamb shanks X2 Mmmm yummmy
I'm often reminded about this by friends because i went back for seconds Lol

P.S in your next post you should ask for the worst meal that would make a great read maybe even a book ....
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:42

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:42
I'm putting that on my list, nothing better than lamb shanks...

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:19

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:19
This is an easy one to reply to. We had freshly caught crabs on the rear deck of the MV Diversity II in moored inside Doubtful Bay, on the Kimberly coast. Cooked right there as we watched and sipped away on whatever your favourite drink was.

Perfect.

Phil

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:43

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:43
Seriously Phil, that is simply teasing...

I had hunger pangs the moment I spotted your photo yesterday!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:50

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 09:50
The Corner Store at Cameron Corner , 2008 ,the biggest steak perfectly cooked [was close to a kilo] ,covered the whole plate , plush chips & gravy & a salad all for $10…..
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:45

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:45
Howdy Alloy...

Now that is value for money, mind you if I ate something that was 1kg I'd find it memorable for sure...

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: rumpig - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 11:49

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 11:49
On a visit to the Birdsville hotel about 6 years ago I had one of the best steaks I had ever eaten as my dinner....return back to some pub some 4 years later and order the same meal, mouth watering the entire time I waited for it to be cooked (about an hours wait as they were quite busy), only to have the worst meal I have ever ordered from any establishment. This was the one and only time I have ever asked for the manager of a business and gotten a refund...instead of a medium rare steak I got charcoal (I kid you not), my daughters steak was the same and actually looked like they had cut it off a corner of my meal. Sometimes the great memory of a place is best kept as just a memory hey.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 12:20

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 12:20
We had problems at the Innaminka pub, which, I believe, was also owned by the same mob. Ordered a traditional "bangers and mash". Traditional - thinking just like grandmas'. Nothing like it. Tha potatoe mash looked like powdered potato and it was full of onion, spices and pepper (that I hate). The sausage was also raw in the middle.

I thought traditional meant back several generations at least and older than 100 years. This one was "today's traditional", meaning that it was copied from last nights cooking show on TV.

Haven't been back and not going back. A shame.

Not to mention the rude group at the table next to us where a couple chuckled when the grand daughter (4yr old) fell off her chair (no high chairs) and cracked her head open. Luckily no big injury. Kids bounce back.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 14:34

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 14:34
Hi Rumpig

You must have been there the same time as me.

Our first few meals at the Birdsville Pub were ok, and then after a few visits ( over a number of years ) the quality of the meals went down the hill at a very fast rate.

The second to last time our meal was not very good at all and our last one was pure crap. Meat tasted like it was well out of its use by date ( we have owned food shops before and know what quality food is all about ) and I received a full refund and the excuse was that that have a number of staff changes.

Not good enough for a tourist place like that. So from that time on, we do not bother to see if things have changed.



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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 16:12

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 16:12
Birdsville pub bad ? Bet that it was during race week , the kitchen just cannot handle so many people all at once . Try it when there is no major event on and a day or two after the delivery truck has been ,
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 18:10

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 18:10
I'll take the bet Alloy...Never been to Birdsville during race week, so no it wasn't then. I don't even think it was during a school holiday period either, so no excuse really. Was a real shame, because the previous visit the meal was fantastic. I guess staff come and go and managers change also, possible nobody from our previous visit might work there anymore...who knows. Last visit there was 2 maybe 3 years ago now, so possibly none of those staff exist there now either, and meals could be great again....I have no idea.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 18:10

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 18:10
No I don't think so Alloy!

You shouldn't have to time when you purchase a meal just to ensure quality.

When I pay good money for a meal, I expect a good meal. If I'm paying $48 for a steak I expect a $48 steak. If I'm only paying $12 for the steak special at the local tavern then that it is what I will get and I won't complain about.

If you have to time your meal to within one or two days of the delivery truck - then the chef/cook obviously has no idea how to store food. I would be putting my live in my hands to eat there - I'm think safe handling of seafood.

If a kitchen only produces a good meal when there ar a few people in the dining room then it is obviously not up to the task. I would rate a kitchen with a full dining room that produces consitantly good quality meals much higher.

The comments above are not directed specifically to any location. I expect it wherever I pay for food.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 22:29

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 22:29
Hi Alloy

It's a pitty that you are not a real betting man, because if you were, you have just lost.

I have and never been to Birdsville when the races are on.

It was during the tourist season in June, a good number of years ago.

When you pay good money for a meal, you expect just that, a good meal.

The meat was off, and after that we have never been back.

I could give another very good example of making a booking for 19 adults to be booked into the Birdsville pub for a meal at 7pm. We were all caught out on the Birdsville Track with water issues, and kept them informed via a sat phone of our progress all the time and then said we would be there around 9am.

Any well run business would be aware of how much money my group of 19 people would have given the pub, food, the drinks etc.

We finally got to the pub at 9:10pm with 19 hungry mouths to feed. Sorry was the reply, out kitchen staff finish cooking meals at 8:30.......we can only offer you frozen pizza pockets heated up.

I used to speak to duty manager, told them how we had kept them informed of our progress, but he said basicly bad luck, that is when the kitchen staff stop cooking.

When you run a business, that is just very poor management, as we would have spent more than a $1000 on meals and drinks, So 19 people returned to the caravan park utterly discussed, fired up the BBQ and ended up cooking our own meals, not the type of thing we wanted to do after a long day on the track.

I known businesses change hands, but I am afraid that we have given the Birdsville Pub my tries over the years, but would not give then any more chances.



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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:47

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:47
All in the eye of the beholder - I guess...

For me, I found my dining experience to be mixed, but a couple of more beers in the front bar usually fixes that!

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:40

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:40
Would seem some of you have zero idea of the intricacies of running a remote area pub / establishment , supply and demand , not much point in trying to explain to some that no the kitchen is closed / the delivery truck was 5days ago so no we do not have this or that , example - we recently had the 'variety club' come through , they always phone well ahead by a month of what their requirements and numbers will be so that they can be catered for , no problems ! Then 2 days latter we had an unannounced group of 45 motorbike riders coming through , no warning , how is the one and only pub supposed to handle / feed 45 when on a usual day they would only do 1 or 2 hamburgers at lunch time , the shop/cafe is waiting for the weekly supply truck [not due until the next day ] …. as said ,some have no idea.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:54

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:54
Let's not get indigestion here, points are noted, so let's get back to my original question around your best feed and accept others may have a different view or experience.

After all, one person's dream feed is another's indigestion...the only thing we want "flamed" here is a nice big juicy steak!

Cheers, Baz


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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 14:38

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 14:38
Hi Baz

We have always have excellent meals at the Copley Pub and always stop there for a good feed.

The same with Innamincka, we have always had good meals there.

If you ever passing through the Clare Valley, first class meals at The Rising Sun down at Auburn, The Sevenhill Hotel at Sevenhill and the Middle Pub - Clare Hotel in Clare for top meals.



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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:48

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:48
G'day Stephen

I must say always enjoyed the Innamincka Pub, but must say, liked it in the early days better...!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - kimberleybloke - Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 21:56

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 21:56
G'day Baz, May this year at Mt Dare Hotel, one of the best steaks I have had in a long time.
Cheers, Mark.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:49

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:49
Hey, Mark

And what better place to have that experience!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 00:52

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 00:52
Tjukayirla Roadhouse on the Great Central Road. I popped in for a snack a few weeks ago. I was lusting after their famous Works Burger until I noticed the seafood platter on special for $18. The seafood was sensational. Excellent fish, prawns and calamari, 3 sauces, a mountain of chips and a side salad all served on a large white porcelain platter. Great in any restaurant. Unbelievably good in a remote roadhouse.

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:50

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:50
Hi John

Well I can't vouch for the seafood, but the burgers are great!

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Serena L - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 10:59

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 10:59
Thanks John :) I cooked that for you, glad you enjoyed it!

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Reply By: mynance - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:03

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:03
Seafood basket at the Sunset Hotel Kurumba and chicken schnitzel at the Marlborough pub.

Myles
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 15:47

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 15:47
Pussy Cat Creek CP, Pine Creek, NT. Best barra and chips we have had for too many years to remember. Was there 6 weeks ago. Looks can be deceptive with the venue, basic but clean.

Neil
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Follow Up By: Steve - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 18:24

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 18:24
We rocked up last August/September and they were ready to close the bar around 6.30. I think they were temporaries/looking after the place.

Do they normally do dinner or just lunch?
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 23:37

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 23:37
Pub lunch in beechworth last year.
Best pork steak Eva.
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Reply By: Member - Blue M - Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 at 01:14

Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 at 01:14
I would say that the best steak I have had was at Daly Waters pub in 2012.

Between the steak and the comedy, it was a good night.

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Reply By: Member - pete g1 - Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 23:33

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 23:33
Normanton QLD, June 2014
The Central pub
Front verandah at sunset
Sea Barra..2-3cm thick, size of 2 "farmers hands"
Lightly (paper thin) battered with flour, garlic and egg yoke or some such.
Almost detoured 400km last year from Cloncurry, to do it again...then herself killed it with reality !
Never before ( in 65yrs ) have I enjoyed such a meal
Oh & it was $23 !!!!!

Maaaaateee .. it was better than sex, or the first mouthful icy cold beer on a really hot day !!
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 06:18

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 06:18
Beam me up Scotty!

Cheers, Baz
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