Great taste of Canada

New flavour for lo­cals to ex­pe­ri­ence

Isis Town and Country - - News - Carolyn Archer

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT070716MOLLY

MOL­LY­DOOK­ERS: Cana­dian-in­spired Aus­tralian cui­sine restaurant own­ers Mike and Alana Van­den­brink at Ap­ple Tree Creek.

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