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Restaurant recommendations in Sydney, Port Douglas, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock

May 27th, 2004, 09:17 PM
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Hi Andrew - Neil's correct about the carpet bag steak, another restaurant favourite at the time was something called "Tournades Rossini" (sp?) - a lump of fillet steak wrapped in bacon sitting on fried or toasted bread - the bread always absorbed the blood and was inedible. Big meat eaters we were then, chicken was considered a luxury.

Neil, I've eaten farmed croc. in Queensland where it tastes like the chicken it's mainly fed on and an alligator-kebab thingo in New Orleans which didn't have any perceptible flavour at all.
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May 27th, 2004, 11:23 PM
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Pat, how could I have forgotten Tournedos Rossini? Thanks for the memory (I think).

Tell you what, there's a great steak place in Canberra, the Charcoal Restaurant, which I'll bet would be delighted to knock it up on request. (Pay attention, visitors!) It's a dark little place with seating banquette style and and an almost-forgotten middle-European ambience from the days when nobody worried if the side dish of champignons arrive in half a pound of butter. Magic. It's on London Circuit, Civic, in the Sydney Building, if any visitors feel like raising the cholesterol count a couple of notches - but don't worry about that, they've got a great wine list, and a bottle or two of decent red (i.e., forget yer wimpy merlots and pinots noir) will cut through the fat before it reaches your arteries.

Actually, I think the nearby Hog's Breath has a better beef supplier, but it does lack a little ... je ne sais quois?

Of course, your tournedos, carpetbag steak or whatever had to be preceded by a "prawn cocktail", or - what's that dish where the oysters turn up with bacon and Worcestershire sauce on top? I'm losing the plot...

That aside, I've also had croc, deep-fried in a tempura batter - not bad, but not sufficiently different to chicken to justify the price. And I had an alligator etouffee in New Orleans - the buggers saw me coming, I think. How did they pick us as tourists, just because we were wandering around the French Quarter with glazed eyes and funny accents? Anyway, it tasted suspiciously like fish, despite a liberal addition of hot stuff, so maybe I haven't had 'gator at all. I suppose I'll never know.
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May 28th, 2004, 12:20 PM
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Neil, I think that's oysters fitzgerald ( I'm sure its an irish name); we had it in Hobart.

Middle Europe, gone , it entered the EU a few weeks ago and will soon be unaffordable for the likes of us when the euro comes into circulation

A/D

PS not only bears on the street, but also a mountain lion was captured in front of the local newspaper office last fall
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May 28th, 2004, 12:51 PM
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Thanks, AD, you've jogged my failing memory cells: oysters Kilpatrick (but who was Kilpatrick?). Personally I prefer mine raw off the shell. Tasmanian oysters are pretty good, from memory, but it's hard to beat a Sydney rock oyster.

"He was a brave man that first ate an oyster." - Dr Johnson (I hope I've got that right.)
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