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Published November 10th 2015
Foodies will love Broken Hill, New South Wales. A quick car rental from carhirebrokenhill.net.au will whisk visitors down to this historic mining town that offers its visitors more than interesting art galleries, museums, and eclectic nature to enjoy. The restaurants are well known enough around here that there a Foodie Club has met on numerous occasions in the past to try entrees at one place, main course at another restaurant, and dessert at a third location. Eight broken hill restaurants especially stand out.
With a name like silly goat, visitors could be forgiven for thinking this is a strange type of eatery. Silly Goat delivers much more than just a funny name though. This cafe's offerings are impressive enough that it would fit right in alongside any big city cafe in Australia. The coffee is single origin and world class, the choice of cakes is mouthwatering, and the atmosphere is cheerful and upbeat. Dishes are reasonably priced at from $8 to $16 too.
Junction Hotel offers an unimpressive looking restaurant that surprises new clients in two ways. One the prices are somewhat high. More cheerfully, the curry dishes are impressive. They offer goat, veggie, Sri Lankan chicken, and lamb kofta that will make your mouth water. The traditional classics are well represented on the menu for those foodies who are not crazy about Indian food. The service is fine, and the desert trolley will surely put a smile on your face with its retro appearance. Mains are priced from $25 to $37.
This kind of establishment should be required in every country town. Noodle Sushi Bar delivers the goods with a friendly and clean atmosphere for dine in or takeaway dishes, all available to order from their Chinese food menu. Noodles are heavily featured on the menu, not too surprisingly. They boast Mongolian, Hokkien, and Singapore for starters. Alongside these standards are curry laksa, nasi goreng, and of course good stir fried vegetables. Mains are reasonably priced and available quickly at $12. Visitors can hardly go wrong with this good Chinese place.
Anyone looking for a slice of authentic Broken Hill should make the journey to South Broken Hill by following Crystal Street due west out of the train station. Here visitors find a remnant of the past, an interesting and authentic milk bar from the 1950's. Customers are able to enjoy a soda spider (milkshake) and take in all of the wonderful memorabilia while sitting in the old decor Formica tables. Prices here are a more reasonable $4 to $7 for snacks.
For anyone who is eager to sink teeth into a generous helping of meaty dishes like chicken parma or steak, or traditional Italian favorites like pasta and pizza, this is the place to do it. The service may be like a long, slow day in the Outback, but the authentic local crowd makes it interesting to say the least. Prices range from $15 to $29 for mains here.
Royal Exchange Hotel delivers a gourmet answer to Australian standards like scallops wrapped up in pancetta. This is definitely an up scale dining choice. Portion sizes prove to be smaller than customers might expect at these steep prices per plate. Mains range from a hefty $28 to $36 per person.
This gem of an eatery offers both a wine bar and restaurant with outdoors tables and chairs. The menu is wide and varied and comes with such delights as duck confit stack, eye fillet steak, and chicken schnitzel. Good service helps to explain the eye-watering prices of $21 entrées and $34 mains.
The most reasonably priced cafe/restaurant in Broken Hill is also a cluttered spot replete with gourmet styled produce and trendy kitchenware. Diners may take a table on the street or in the midst of the action and clutter. Reasonably good coffees and mouth-watering baguettes are on offer here for $8.50 per baguette.