The owners are appealing the City of Stirling's decision to close the café for repairs from November 2013 before 'testing the market' and re-leasing the building to the highest bidder. Many of the well-heeled customers have signed a petition against the planned closure.
Our waiter provided the Little Miss with crayons and a colouring page without being prompted then came around with water and menus.
Having been here before, I didn't waste much time on the menu. Nothing could entice me away from the ribs. The menu doesn't mention it, but you can order a 'half stack' for $27 instead of the full catastrophe at $35.50.
The serves here are enormous. The entrée size serves are meal enough for all but the most starving of patrons. If you're on a budget, the main meals are plenty big enough to share between two.
Little Miss chose from the children's menu on the back of her colouring page – a hot dog and chips ($8.50) – while her dad opted for the Snapper Seyschells ($38.50), a combination of fish and mussels with creamy white wine and garlic sauce.
Once again, the ribs here were delicious – falling off the bone, sweetly smoky in flavour, and accompanied by a roast potato almost as big as my head. (I could have chosen chips or salad instead of the potato.)
The fish dish was also good, but Little Miss's hot dog not so much. It was a cheap and nasty looking sausage in a bog ordinary bun with lots of chips - not that the kid was complaining about it. She'd eat just about anything as long as it was covered in tomato sauce.
It bothers me when restaurants serve food to children that they would never present to adult diners. And, while I'm on my high horse, it would be great to see one or two choices on the kiddie menu that don't include chips – for example a toasted cheese, pizza or pasta dish.
With no room for dessert, we finish up with a high quality coffee. Mine comes strong, as ordered, with 'heart' foam – and it tasted as good as it looked.