It was our last day of driving around the NSW Outback and rural Victoria, so we spent the afternoon in Bendigo. After a quick walk-about to check out the Visitor Centre, Rosalind Park and the Golden Dragon Museum, we stopped into the Green Olive café for something to eat.
Their menu had an all-day breakfast section and a lunch section with Italian meals and wraps. We had already eaten breakfast at the campsite (scrambled eggs with cheese and tuna), so we were in the mood for lunch. Dave ordered the steak sandwich while I got the chicken club sandwich.
We didn’t have to wait long at all, despite how busy the place was. Dave’s steak sandwich looked fantastic and I quickly developed food-envy, but my chicken club sandwich was well presented too. Quartered into triangles and held together with skewers, it had all the parts – chicken and bacon with lettuce, tomato and mayo between three slices of bread – served with a bowl of beer-battered chips and a pot of aioli.
I dunno… it seemed a little lacking. I could see that there were three slices of bread but they were a bit squashed, and I had trouble distinguishing the ingredients in the sandwich. However, when you take a bit, it all comes together and tastes like an average club sandwich. I was hoping for something special, something memorable, but nothing.
I’d have to say that the best Club Sandwich I’ve ever eaten was at The Just Fine Food Gourmet Delicatessen in Sorrento, but I don’t know if they still make them. This place is famous for their smooth vanilla slices and morish chocolate croissant cake. The title of this blog post says it all: http://tummyrumbles.com/2006/01/a-vanilla-slice-worth-driving-100km-for.html
Anyway, the beer-battered chips were fkn amazing. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The aioli dipping sauce was nice, but could have done with a bit more garlic and zing.
Dave said his steak sandwich was really good.
The meat was cooked well so it was still succulent and the egg was runny enough to be mopped up with some bread. He said the bread was great too – thick cut bread toasted perfectly to make it crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. He got a dishlette of sweet tomato chutney that was definitely sweet and tangy.
I didn’t mind the Green Olive Café – friendly and fast service with good food – but it was a bit pricey. I know that I’ll be back in Bendigo but I don’t think I’ll visit the GO café again. I’m very curious about the Good Loaf café though.