Its been a while since we have visited the RSL club. The club itself has undergone a revamp, with a new memorial area outside the main door, and changes within the club building.
At this time of year, the beautiful Jacarandas bloom above the carpark, adding that breath of fresh colour to the greenery.
As with any club, there is a two tier pricing system for mostly drinks and food. Members or Non-Members prices. Memberships for this club are kept affordable at $7 per year. This entitles you to discounts, birthday vouchers, members only draws and club reward points.
As members, our glass of chardonnay and schooner of beer totalled $9.50. Hardly likely to enjoy those prices at venues outside of clubs.
We started our meal at Bistro G with the soft, generously sized slices of garlic bread pictured above. Not something we do often now, however it is nice to start with a garlic bread on occasions.
Meals were delivered without much of a wait, with staff efficiently clearing tables and delivering the next course to patrons.
For my main, today I chose the 200gram rump with salad and chips. The salad bar is gone now, where you used to take your bowl and help yourself to whatever salads you desired. Salad is a side served with your meal.
This rump was surprisingly tender, draped in the mushroom sauce I ordered, with freshly cooked chips, adding a little crunch to the meal. For myself, this meal was large enough, and left me feeling satisfied. Those preferring larger meals would probably find the meal a little small. As a $14.50 meal though, it wasn’t bad at all.
Hubbys choice was the Fetticune Carbonara. A creamy, garlic sauce tossed though the pasta with the $3 add on of chicken & bacon bringing the total meal value to $16.50. Im told this meal was fresh and well enjoyed. Although Hubby could have eaten more, one could tell by the way he wiped the plate clean.
Non-members prices are a couple of dollars more per meal. It certainly doesn’t take long for a member to recoup their $7 membership fee. Even as non-regulars, one visit a year and membership would pay for itself.
Staff were pleasant, efficient, with one staff member enlightening me as to why it was for quiet on Saturday lunch time. Apparently the $10 meals had been phased out and a week later drink prices rose. Since then, patronage had dropped.
With any luck this does not have a long term impact on the club, or they return $10 meals to the menu. Most of the local pubs run a $10 lunch menu, which do not not need to be a member for. These days, the competition is more likely to dictate your prices, as people seek out value for their $$. In saying that we still found prices to be reasonable and would return to enjoy another meal.
You can finish your meal with some very reasonably priced tempting desserts at Bistro G, or head across to Zacs coffee shop, just opposite the Bistro, for decadent iced chocolate or coffee.
Saturday lunch stil has the Goose Club running their raffles. Make sure you support these friendly chaps, purchasing tickets from them as you come in the main door, or when they do the rounds of the tables. We were lucky enough to win a meat tray, size has decreased immensely to what meat trays used to be, however, there is something feel good about leaving a venue with a meat tray. It does make you feel like your visit was worth it!
Drop in if you’re looking for a fresh enjoyable meal at a reasonable price. Standard menus are usually topped up with daily specials, you never know what might be offer.