I last went to this place on a Saturday lunchtime shortly after it was refurbished - the food was good and the place was packed.
I went again today ( a Saturday) at lunchtime and I won't be back. For starters, the place was absolutely deserted - admittedly we got there very early but we left at 12.45 and there was still absolutely no one else in there to eat. If my meal today was anything to go by the situation becomes a little clearer,,,
I realise that Club food is not fine dining - I get it. I also realise that when I order flathead and chips from the "specials" board in a club, for 23 bucks then I will not be getting kilos of fish on my plate - fresh flathead fillets are expensive, I get that as well. What I would have expected though was for the flathead to have actually been freshly prepared and not the 4 minuscule sticks of dry, mass produced, frozen rubbish that actually ended up on my plate - sorry, bowl. This was compounded by the fact that I got what I can only describe as an infant's portion of chips and a minute amount of salad, My 2 year old son, with his child's portion of sausage and chips, actually had way more chips on his plate - sorry, bowl, than I did.
In fairness to the staff, when I pointed out to the waitress on receiving my food that surely for 23 dollars I could expect a normal portion of chips she was apologetic and brought me out another bowl at no charge fairly quickly. I have no complaint against the wait staff, they were good. But something has clearly gone wrong with this place in a very short space of time if the cooks in the kitchen expect to get away with just serving up very small portions of frozen junk at inflated prices.
Including specials this place has over 40 options - yes, 40 options, for a main course. It doesn't take a genius to work out that out of those 40 odd dishes there isn't going to be a lot of food being dished up that didn't start out in the freezer. On closer inspection of the menu there are clues to the cooks' way of operating - ithey actually list the Chicken Schnitzel as being "house-crumbed" so on reflection I supposed I shouldn't have been surprised to have been served up what basically amounted for 4 fish fingers for 23 dollars. Put it this way, I am in absolutely no rush to partake of the lamb-shanks here.
I might go back as the place is good for the kids to run around in - but I won't be eating.
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