Sunday in Manjimup with few choices. The restaurant we wanted to go and revisit, Cilantro was closed Sundays. From this perspective it was great to find anywhere open at all.
We dropped by for lunch as it looked café and the promises stated on its billboard.
Not sure where this establishments name came from or if its original intent was providing boutique cuisine as intimated on the signs.
However nothing is further from the truth and is such a stretch as to be bordering on false advertising. We both order grilled fish with salad and a few chips. Easy no fuss low tech meal. Fish was leather and the salad reminded me of something resembling desiccated lettuce with fossilised carrots and no dressing. Clearly many sunsets had passed since it was prepared.
From the menu the specialty of the house was deep fried theme of variations. Maybe the salad should have been given this opportunity for a rebirth.
Once again there appeared a great reluctance by anyone in control to clear tables from previous service which, given the drying nature of the foodstuff adhered to the plates at many of the tables, was considerably earlier. We moved old coffee cups and mugs to get the seat we wanted.
Am I getting paranoid or is this a plot to control how many people wish to be seated or turn around and leave. A work minimisation strategy. If it is it works.
My partner commented that the waitress was in the wrong business and needed to get a job at a plant nursery. Cruel but accurate.
Pros - Chips were OK. Coffee OK. Bottled Spring Water Excellent
Cons. There is nothing resembling Food Kultur or be confused with the term cuisine in its many guises at this place. This is a fast food outlet with Hamburgers and Fish and Chips as its mainstay. Its not instant food like Chicken Treat (across the road) so generally food is prepared on order with that sweet siren song of hot fat sizzling in the background. For fast food great for real cuisine go somewhere else.
It was good to see at least one place open on Sundays. However expectations needs to be made realistic to patrons by either changing the name or providing a more public menu being displayed. Based on that publically displayed and clearly dishonest promise I have scored this establishment low. If you want a hamburger on Sundays then try it.