Changes put Tin Goose back on top
A summer series special.
When we reviewed Frankton’s Tin Goose early last year we found it wanting in service. The once popular cafe had slipped and there were lengthy waits to order, staff who struggled with English and confused orders coming out of the kitchen. We have since learned that a week after our review was published, a new owner had stepped in and changes were made.
When we revisited The Tin Goose there was a lively hum from locals and visiting sports people from the Events Centre. The toy box and collection of daily newspapers were still there and the large windows ensured a light, relaxed atmosphere on what was an otherwise dreary day.
The large, scrawled menu on the back wall was thankfully gone, replaced by a few written daily specials, smart lunch and breakfast menus and the cabinet chocker with lunch delights such as quiche, paninis, BLATs and sausage rolls. Orders are made and paid for before eating, at the counter – a slick operation this time around. Aside from some confusion around the arrival of a coffee, the smartly presented food arrived promptly with staff checking on our meals. A request for drawing paper by a child at a busy time was fulfilled without fuss and there were no complaints as we lingered long after completing our meals catching up with locals who had popped in for coffee or lunch. There was a long delay in getting our plates cleared but staff were apologetic when they did arrive.
Miss 4 could not get past the large ham and cheese croissant in the cabinet ($9.50) and it was quickly and happily devoured. After that she helped her sister finish a plate of massive and fluffy pancakes with berry compote and bacon ($16.50). I love a good seafood chowder but given the variation in quality and quantity of this favourite I’m always worried an unsatisfying version will be dished up and my lunch spoiled. However, the Tin Goose’s chowder ($12.50) was recommended by a friend and I was not disappointed. A creamy, rich soup with lots of mussels and a side of ciabatta – it was beautifully presented and delicious. Karen had the risotto with peas, feta, lemon and thyme ($13.90) and found the fresh peas a delightful contrast in flavour and texture with the creamy yet light risotto. It was a generous portion and perfectly filling. After confusion over the removal of an egg from Karl’s steak sandwich the last time we dined he was keen to put staff to the test and ordered the Tin Goose Burger – sans egg ($13.90). It arrived exactly as requested and including a big juicy pattie and massive dollop of beetroot relish. Drinks included a Charlie’s orange juice and a selection of Phoenix beverages (all $4.20) and the best flat white I have had in a long time ($4).
Big changes have been made at The Tin Goose. We found the staff friendly, relaxed and efficient and the menu had a great mix of favourites and innovative options. Each meal had a unique presentation, all simple yet smart – a feast for the eyes. Given the steady stream of locals through the door it is clear word has got out that The Tin Goose is back and re-establishing itself as a Frankton favourite.