Nestled in a line of resturants near the ocean, and one of the better presented of the establishments (though in fairness the competition is hardly stellar), Bugzies seems to have a brisk trade.
But this might be the issue. Plenty of footfall means the quality of the product doesn't have to be spectacular.
Which is why the menu choices are mind-boggling. It seems to be a greek-ish restaurant, but there is a seafood speciality, plus lots of pasta dishes, all kinds of italian salads. Difficult to tell what sort of place it thinks it is. If it's everything to everyone, the food quality has to reflect that. Not sure it does currently.
Of course the house wine was "sold out". The replacement house wine was New Zealand. In Queensland? Is internal wine duty so bad in Australia? An ominous start.
The service was fine if somewhat perfunctory. But not a major worry.
But the big letdown was the food. Before I say why, a disclaimer - I saw other plates being brought out, especially the seafood sharing platters, which looked amazing. If I ever go back, that's what I will have. Clearly that's where the creative effort (not to mention budget) is going. Seafood platters seem well worth the visit.
But meanwhile... I chose a prawn pasta thing. With rice. The prawns were fine if a little uneventful. no seasoning. The 'sauce' which was meant to be garlic was an incomprehensible bright yellow shade and was pretty unpleasant. Plus, not many cloves had been harmed in the making of the sauce either. And then the rice, a neatly shaped mount of white rice - was soft on the top and crunchy on the bottom: a culinary surprise, but not an altogether nice one. In fact, I would imagine most other folk would just send it back. By this time I'd waited long enough, and time was dragging on.
So, a little attention to detail at the pass (assuming someone runs the pass here) wouldn't go amiss, and perhaps some of the passing trade might become returning clients. The rest of it was ok enough, but if you can't do rice, you're not going to get good reviews. Sorry guys.
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