I can’t believe I’d never been to Sizzler!

As the title says, I can’t believe I’m 32 and the first time I ever went to Sizzler was Wednesday last week. That place is so ME! It’s not fancy, but there’s lots to eat and I love buffets!

Upon arrival we joined the queue and ordered main courses, which included salad bar, and paid AU$3.50 a head for unlimited soft drinks and coffee.

We decided to start by sharing a mug of soup. This was the roasted capsicum and tomato soup. It tasted like tinned soup, but wasn’t too bad.

Roasted capsicum and tomato soup

Friends and family have raved about the complimentary cheese toast you get when you eat at Sizzler, so I was looking forward to finally getting to try the famous cheese toast for myself. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed as such, as the cheese toast was buttery, cheesey and pretty tasty, but I guess I’d expected something a little more amazing than floppy toast triangles. :) Now that I know what to expect, I’ll eat them without hesitation or complaint next time.

The famous complimentary cheese toast

While we waited for our main courses to arrive, we visited the salad bar and stocked up. Jac’s salad selection: Portugese chicken with cous cous salad, ham and swiss cheese salad, and roasted pumpkin and cashew nut salad, with cos lettuce, sliced cucumber and blobs of thousand island and caesar dressing for dipping.

Jac's Salad Bar selection

I’d noticed every little kid in the place munching on potato gems (tater tots), and just had to get some for myself! They were golden brown and crispy on the outside, and filled with fluffy hot mashed potato on the inside – yum! I also tried a little potato bake (creamy, but needed more seasoning), roasted pumpkin and cashew nut salad (love cashews!), coleslaw (not so good – bland dressing) and tuna pasta salad (this was fantastic! There were corn kernels, chopped capsicum and gherkins in it too- yum! I’d eat this for lunch any day. Jac reckons she’ll be able to re-create this tuna pasta salad for me at home, so stay tuned for that!).

My Salad bar selection

Jac had chosen the BBQ pork ribs for her main course (AU$26.95), with a baked potato.

Pork ribs and a baked potato

The baked potato was topped with sour cream and chopped chives. Unfortunately when Jac cut into it she found that it was all brown and rotten in the centre. We could’ve complained about it, but 1) Jac hadn’t planned to eat much potato anyway and 2) there was plenty of food to eat, so it didn’t really affect the meal that much.

Baked potato with sour cream and chives

The pork ribs were really good. The honey barbecue sauce was finger-sucking good, and the ribs were meaty and succulent, with a great charry flavour.

Pork ribs

My main course was sizzling garlic prawns (AU$23.95), and I’d chosen to have chips on the side. The prawns arrived sizzling noisily and most appetisingly in a cast iron dish. They looked great and I couldn’t wait to try them, but the chips were noticeably limp, which was a shame.

Sizzling garlic prawns with chips

There were eight bursty prawns with tails on, with sauteed capsicum and onion. According to the menu the prawns would served sizzling in garlic lemon butter – I couldn’t taste lemon, but the garlic was delicious. I mopped up the garlic butter dregs with some of my floppy chips.

Sizzling garlic prawns

I’d also been seeing kids gorging themselves on pasta with bolognaise sauce, and I really wanted to try it. So I got some bolognaise and more of that yummy tuna and pasta salad. I know the tuna pasta salad doesn’t look very flash, but believe me, it was really tasty. I made sure I left room for some dessert, though.

Pasta bolognaise and tuna salad

Jac got herself some tiramisu and apple crumble with a piping of soft serve ice cream. I tried the tiramisu and loved its creaminess and the coffee-soaked sponge – I knew I had to get a serve for myself. The apple crumble was more crumble than apple, and a little too sweet for my liking.

Tiramisu, apple crumble and soft serve

I went to the dessert bar and fought my way through the wall of hyperactive children who were piling their soft serves and chocolate mousse mountains with mini marshmallows and sprinkles. I filled my bowl with tiramisu, chocolate mousse and green jelly. The chocolate mousse was light and smooth and tasted like instant boxed chocolate mousse, which I rather like. The green jelly was lime-flavoured, one of my favourite jelly flavours.

Tiramisu, chocolate mousse and green jelly

I wanted to keep eating as there were still more dishes I hadn’t tried, but I was full by this time. Next time, I reckon I’d like to split pork ribs with Jac and just have salad bar (AU$19.95) for my “main” meal.

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