A huge Hogs Breath fan, we decided to check out Outback Jacks. The first time, we were greatly disappointed.
My partner ordered the steak burger after reading the alluring menu description and I asked for the fish burger. Both of our buns were burnt and we couldn't bite into them to taste the fillings. Wanting to taste the fish fillet and salad in between, I opened my burger and ate the insides with my fork.
We put it down to bad luck and ventured back to the restaurant everyone raves about a second time a few weeks later.
Being a popular place to dig into steak, we ordered a rump and chips. After waiting almost forty minutes without a single waiter or waitress attending to our table offering us fresh drinks, our steaks arrived looking anything but juicy. The chips were deflated and tasteless, nothing like the picture on the menu.
I was craving a drink to wash down the burnt meat but the waitress in her cowgirl hat was too busy applying her lip gloss to even notice us.
Hogs Breath cafe saw our faces the following week and again, just like every time we visit, we left with full tummies and huge smiles. The curly fried are always crispy, the prawn always five star standard, steaks juicy and cooked to perfection and the service is exceptional. Every five minutes or so a cheery waitress approached our table, some even took a seat next to us, to discuss our meals and available cocktails.
Don't get me started on the Black Forest martini available at Hogs Breath. Served in a martini glass, the chocolate liquear and franjelico mix is heaven and tastes like liquid ice cream.
Some time later after work, the sun was shining and we had the afternoon free. A late lunch and a sweet cocktail in the sun was calling. Hogs Breath with it's later opening times, we found ourselves strolling into Outback Jacks near my work place, and took a seat. We promised one another if we left disappointed one last time it would be our last dining experience at the over rated venue.
Wary, I ordered a toasted sandwich (how can that go wrong?) and my partner ordered a plate of nachos. No one can go wrong there. We ate our words.
The nachos were a few corn chips with what seemed like Home Brand melted cheese and a little side serving of avocado. Tempted to throw the plate back to the kitchen declaring a three year old could cook a better plate of nachos, I refrained and we left, never to return.
Outback Jacks has greatly failed our dining expectations, not to mention the hefty price tag on our bill. We gave it many chances and not once did we leave a little satisfied.
Whenever we feel like dining out, we always head to Hogs Breath where we know we won't be let down and our plates will be full of goodness and taste for our buck.
What are your thoughts? Outback Jacks or Hogs Breath?
By Dan Berryman - senior reviewer Wednesday, 5th of October @ 05:46 am
warily I will agree to your review in regards to outback jacks. I say warily because after eating at the outback jacks in coolie I posted a very negative review on a travel forum and have copped criticism from that moment on. apparently they have the best steaks, the best meals and the best service - none of which I had the pelaseure of experiencing. hogs breath are good and solid - nothing great but pretty dependable - service has always been good to great whenever I've been there.
By Anonymous Monday, 31st of October @ 01:04 am
Hogs breath is old an old menu small and cramped dining , out back jacks is spread out better value for money food wise, you get to seethe steak and choose from the chilled butcher style meat display and its cooked where you can see it no magic potions to try get the meat tender like hogs, cause the.meat is top quality ! The mood is always good at put back jacks redcliffe and there's room to breath and there isn't people walking through the seperate dining areas like hogs breath at redcliffe where all the pedestrians waalk by and being stared at on one side and 1metre away on the other side u have a busy main road with traffic and buses defiantly not children friendly !!