Dining Room at Exchange Hotel Foster

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43 Main Street, Foster, Australia

Dining Room at Exchange Hotel Foster Reviews

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Beware of the sticky date pudding Jan 31, 2016
S38°39.157' E146°12.096' with few dining options in the village of Foster in December 2015, we visited for the Exchange Hotel, reopened after a devastating fire in 1907. It is a bistro, bar, tab and bottle shop in one building. The reason this bar/bistro is called "hotel", dates back to the days that licenses only allowed pubs to provide alcohol to the traveling public. The presence of a few rooms (which might never be used) gave some impression that the rules were being followed.

The restaurant is huge with orders at the bar. We chose the house special lemon pepper fried calamari with vegetables - AUS$24 per dish - which was surprisingly good. Fresh catch, not the usual deep freeze rubber rings. Delicious citrus sauce on the side. This was a well-fried and very tasteful dish, which excited our taste buds. Well done!

The piece the resistance was the sticky date pudding, endorsed by the cheerful waitress. Once consumed, the million calories exploded, disabling our bodies completely. We slowly left the restaurant without finishing our drinks.

With the only other dining option (the Bunker Bistro at the local golf course) closed for summer holiday, we visited the Exchange Hotel the next day with a dessert warning. We ordered fried flake (marketing name for shark) AUS$17 and 250 gr. porterhouse steak AUS$29 with chips and salad. The porterhouse steak was very good. Nice flavour. The flake tasted nice but not "sharky". Could be any white fish, but was well fried.
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