Great taste of Canada
New flavour for locals to experience
FOR Mike and Alana Vandenbrink, the owners of the new Mollydookers Cafe and Bar at Apple Tree Creek, the main difference between Australian and Canadian dining is the service and the two are determined to ensure their customers are in for a treat.
“For us table service has never been about silver service,” Alana said.
“But if you have to keep coming up to the counter to order drinks or pick up your meals you might as well be at home.”
Meeting in Mike’s home country of Canada while Alana was on exchange studying at the same university, the couple describes Mollydookers as them on a plate.
Fusing Canadian and Australian together, they say there’s simply not one thing that describes Canadian food – it’s a lot of little things.
“Our pizzas have dipping sauces, there’s a lot of smokey flavours,” Alana said.
“There’s bagels and the Reuben and a lot of spices,” Mike added.
And it seems customers can’t get enough of the taste, with Mollydookers proving a hit since its opening last week.
Topping the list of menu items which have been embraced is poutine, an amped-up version of chips, cheese and gravy.
After a nation-wide search to find the necessary mozzarella cheese curd, poutine is also available topped with pulled pork, bacon and apple fennel slaw.
If you’re still wondering what the name is all about, mollydooker is a slang Australian word for someone who is left-handed.
Alana is left-handed and mollydooker was the nickname given to her by her father – well-known Apple Tree Creek man Allan Royan.
Mr Royan’s passing 18 months ago meant he didn’t get to see Mollydookers open, but it was something he had encouraged the couple to do.
“It’s a tribute to him,” Alana said.
Visit Mollydookers at 29399 Bruce Hwy, Apple Tree Creek, or phone 4126 1114 to make a booking.
MOLLYDOOKERS: Canadian-inspired Australian cuisine restaurant owners Mike and Alana Vandenbrink at Apple Tree Creek.