Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published July 21st 2020
A special place for a special meal
The restrictions imposed by control of the Covid-19 virus have now been loosened to a considerable degree allowing restaurants to reopen to a limited degree, based on space, rather than numbers.
The Swans Restaurant and Function Centre (Photograph courtesy of Facebook)
For those restaurants that did it tough, either closed or reduced to pick-up, takeaway or home delivery, the news is excellent.
For many, it may be too late or too little. Time will tell. But we, along with many others did to support them in what ways we could by ordering in on a regular basis.
By this means, ordering on a sort of round-robin way also gave us the opportunity to try new restaurants that we might otherwise not have tried.
One such was the Swan Restaurant and Function Centre - a restaurant with a chequered history but which has now settled into a nice family restaurant offering comfortable, familiar foods cooked well and sold at a reasonable price.
Aranchini balls (Photograph by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)
At a time such as this when things are so uncertain and worrying, familiar and comforting food is what is required - not yabbies in lime foam with passionfruit balls (tasty though that might be), but what is slightly disdainfully called nursery food - Bread and Butter Pudding, curries, stews, Lamb Shanks and the like.
We ordered a mix of entrees, main courses, and pudding for four adults, which, with a modest $5 delivery fee came to less than $150 - excellent value for money, if you ask me.
Chicken Parmigiano (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
All of the food was good, some outstanding - for example, the Arancini Balls ($14) were wonderful and the Hot Spicy Chicken Wings - a half kilo ($12) to die for, although 'spicy' is not an understatement.
We also enjoyed a Pulled Pork Roll ($18), Chicken Parmigiana and chips ($22), BBQ Pork Ribs ($19.50), House-made Linguine Carbonara ($19), plus some truly amazing gluten-free chips.
We followed this repast with Warm Sticky date Pudding and Warm Chocolate Brownies $8 each), delicious and the perfect end to a lovely meal.
Sticky Toffee pudding with sauce (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)
This restaurant was doing a $12 lunch through the school holidays, which was both delicious and excellent value, with several choices of burgers, pasta and pizza. It may have been extended beyond the holiday period.