I was listening to a Hamish and Andy Podcast episode, while in the kitchen cooking yesterday, and they started talking about Sizzler. Apparently they are dropping like flies and there may well be only one restaurant left quite soon. Not really any surprises there.
Anyway, once upon a time this news would have greatly saddened me. I have fond childhood memories of our once a year visit to Sizzler. Of course, we didn’t have a Sizzler in ‘lil old Mudgee. I mean we didn’t even have Macca’s and only got KFC (then known as Kentucky Fried Chicken (oh what you didn’t know that KFC stood for that?) in the early 90’s, so Sizzler was just the pinnacle of chain restaurants for us.
Each year on our way home from our yearly holiday to Forster Mum and Dad would treat us to a lunch time feast at Sizzler, Raymond Terrace. Oh the joy. We would be beside ourselves with excitement. The pumpkin soup, the cheese bread, open slather on the buffet, the self serve ice cream and best of all – that mousse!! Oh I was in heaven my friends, 14 year old heaven. And what about the help yourself soft drink bar, did it get any better than that when you were a kid?
Now, even though I have fond memories of Sizzler as a kid it came as no surprise to me when Hamish and Andy said that a heap of the Brisbane stores were closing. You see the last time I was down in Brisbane to visit Tom and take him out for his boarder free weekend I decided to treat him to a little feast at Sizzler. I thought he could fill up before returning to the dreaded boarding school food. I am going to have a stab in the dark and say that I am pretty sure his school buffet would possibly be better than the food we consumed during our visit.
First lets talk about the price. Oh dear lord, for a bogan
feed lot restaurant, that salad bar is completely over priced. For 2 Adults, 2 kids and 2 glasses of wine it was around $100.00! I kid you not my friends. And this is the calibre of food we were trotting out from the said salad bar…
Even the cheese toast wasn’t what I remembered.
Although we definitely didn’t get our monies worth, and perhaps I should have let Sizzler stay in 1990, the people watching was next level. It kind of turned into a comedy restaurant for us, we were laughing so much. I know that is mean, but gosh it was fun. We were seated right near the entrance so we saw everyone come in. Oh the excitement in their eyes probably resembled that of my 14 year old self. There were people celebrating birthdays, possibly a first date and then there was the lady with blue hair sitting with her man friend who had this beanie/winter hat with straps hanging down situation happening.
Lets just say that I think my pearls were out of place in that restaurant.
So yes, I shouldn’t have tried to relive the past. Perhaps I should have just taken him to Macca’s. And I can definitely see why those restaurants are closing. Although I will say this my friends, they always seem to have quite a few people in them. It was only a Monday night and quite early and the place was filling very quickly.
Do you have a Sizzler memory? That cheese toast. How about the pumpkin soup? People watching?