Great Aussie food in a her­itage set­ting

Townsville Bulletin - - Who’s Who -

THERE are very few gen­uine Aus­tralian pubs left in Townsville. But for­tu­nately for those look­ing for a good old fash­ioned Aussie meal in an out­door en­vi­ron­ment, the Aus­tralian on Palmer St is go­ing stronger than ever.

From the old-style home­stead build­ing, to the raised gazebo, to the or­nate func­tion room, it’s easy to feel com­fort­able im­me­di­ately. And the food is mag­nif­i­cent. The burg­ers come in crusty damper rolls, and the ca­jun chicken burger is to die for.

The menu is ex­tremely var­ied as well, with sep­a­rate lunch and din­ner menus and a host of choices.

From sal­ads to steaks, chicken to fish, pasta to pizza, there is just about any­thing you could want.

And the ser­vice is fast and friendly.

The sides sal­ads are de­li­cious and come with a light bal­samic dress­ing.

And the chips are beer-bat­tered for that real Aus­tralian taste.

Some of the real high­lights on the menu in­clude the de­li­cious range of steaks, and the Aussie parmi­giana which is crumbed chicken breast topped with avo­cado, ham, homemade tomato salsa and cheese.

But it would take you a month to get through ev­ery­thing they have to of­fer — which is some­thing you can do be­cause the prices are all bet­ter than rea­son­able.

Most meals are be­low $20 and there is even a kids’ menu where ev­ery­thing is only $7.50.

And be­ing lo­cated on Palmer St means you can head out for a night of fun and danc­ing right af­ter you’ve had one of the best Aus­tralian meals you could hope for.

SPICY . . . Jac­inta with the ca­jun chicken

burger at The Aus­tralian Ho­tel

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