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“Variety and very good”
Review of 561 Alphadale Cafe & Restaurant - CLOSED

561 Alphadale Cafe & Restaurant
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Coolangatta, Australia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Variety and very good”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Occasionally you go somewhere that just clicks. Today it happened at a very interesting (in a good way) place.

I went with a couple of others on a public holiday - not being too optimistic about places in the Lismore, NSW area. One of the party who lives locally had never heard of it. But after a brief and easy drive heading South from Lismore we found the old Church and modern addition with plenty of parking.

Set in a couple of areas, it didn't appear to be as large as it was. When a large group was seated next to us, it was easy for the helpful staff to move us to another outdoor table that we had spotted.

The menu was divided into three sections: Snacks, Entree and Main. (Desert comes later).

We shared a Snack of Roasted truffled goats cheese in Napoli, crusty bread. The bread was fresh and very tasty when we spread the goats cheese and Napoli "sauce" over it. Excellent start.

Next I had an Entree of Pork belly red curry, rice noodles and kaffir lime. With this I shared another "Snack" of Pear parmesan and walnut salad, apple balsamic.The pork was slightly fatty as you would expect, the taste was intense and portion size just right (small) for a dish like this. The salad was also just right to cleanse the palette - and finish the meal off (I did steal a couple of the excellent chips from one of the others at the table). All 3 of us really enjoyed the salad and it was certainly bigger than a snack. No mains needed.

This is one of the best things about the menu - it offered great variety. Some people were just coming for coffee and cake, others a 3 course (or more) meal with wine and coffee (the mugs are huge), and I could imagine coming for a drink after work and just having a Snack (if I lived locally).

The wine list has some good options with a number of wines being available by the glass, There are wine and beer specials of the day.

The atmosphere is informal and light and fun with lots of indoor/outdoor seating options. The Church was not being used at lunchtime, but I would think would be quite spectacular at night.

The service was very friendly without being all over us.

This is a restaurant that deserves to flourish.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Tony A
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  • English first
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English first
Lismore, Australia
Level Contributor
117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great venue and ambience”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Attractive decor and plenty of atmosphere. Excellent staff, very obliging. The food was delicious though the servings rather small.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Lyndall S
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Lismore, Australia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Sublime as always”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Love this place for amazing food and fantastic atmosphere. The combinations of flavours and food imagination always have my tastebuds doing a little happy dance. Have visited for romantic dinners and as a large group and always enjoyed the experience. They deserve their hat!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank TheBarovskys
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Lismore, Australia
Level Contributor
149 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Caters for all dietary requirements without fuss”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great decor and friendly knowledgable staff while in a lovely setting make this Restaurant a must.
Needing a few changes to the menu due to allergies they were more than helpful and did not fuss over me on the night which I really appreciated.
Have been going to this restaurant since it opened and although their menu changes regularly and sometimes you pay for vegetables as sides and sometimes they are included they seem to have finally got the portion sizing correct but I would say vegetables included in a meal is a must and not charging more for a small bowl when the price of meals are already high would be a good gesture.
Great wine list and food choices available.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank mkno8759
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Lismore, Australia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere for a laid back lunch”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We met at 561 Alphadale as a group of new mums with our bubs for lunch. It was pretty relaxed atmosphere. The lunch was very nice, and they didn't mind us setting camp on the floor for our babies. Very friendly and helpful staff. Nicely decorated. A little pricey.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Poohooky
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