A bunch of friends and I had a meal at the Coopers Alehouse last Wednesday and I thought it was time I posted a Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross Review. I’ve heard a lot of good reports of the newly upgraded Coopers Alehouse so I had pretty high expectations of it.

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We got there about 6.30 pm and after a bit of a chat we placed an order around 6.45. The menu is pretty good in that it recommends a brew depending on what you order. I went for the Wagyu Beef Burger. “Beef & bacon pattie, monterey jack cheese, barossa gypsy speck, lettuce, tomato & tangy chipotle aioli with chips & house pickle.” The recommended brew was a mild ale and so I ordered a pint.

I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the decor as well as the ambience. The conversation was going well but we noticed, probably from all the growling stomachs, that the food was taking quite awhile. We’d been waiting for over an hour and still no site of our meal appearing. Not even a peep from the staff telling us what the hell was going on.

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My stomach was virtually screaming, “That bloody burger and chips better be worth the wait!”

Some 15 minutes later they started bringing out the food. That was my Wagyu Beef Burger in the image above. The first thing I noticed was that the fries looked a little pale. I popped one into my mouth and it was immediate disappointment. It was almost cold and it could of been cooked a little more. Before I continue the Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross Review I’m going to post a quote from their site.

The Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross will take your taste buds on a journey, exploring and enjoying the delights of great pub food with traditionally brewed beer. We combine old fashioned hospitality in a sparkling new venue where every detail is tuned toward you – our guest. Expect delicious grazing and snack food items are perfectly paired with an extensive range of beer and a quality range of premium steaks that respects each step of the process, from paddock to plate. Our menu combines the best of regional produce with a modern, vibrant and fresh twist.

Upon reading something like that you’d expect some pretty good tucker wouldn’t you? Definitely not, less than lukewarm  chips! Oh well, perhaps the burger was better. I took a bite and while it didn’t taste all that bad, something wasn’t quite right. There was a crunch to it that definitely shouldn’t be there. I inspected the burger pattie only to find that the bottom 2 mm of the pattie was over cooked and that was where the crunch came from. Not the worst burger but definitely not the best.

Overall I was pretty disappointed with my experience at the Coopers Alehouse, as were most of my friends.

Would I go there again? Probably not.

I know that it’s quite possible that we may have picked a bad night. Maybe they were short staffed in the kitchen or something. But if that was the case the staff should have done more to make the experience more pleasurable.

Oh well, at least the beer was cold.

What sort of experience have you had at the Cooper Alehouse?

Usually when I write a review I do it after taking whatever service was being offered for a spin. Normally those services are brick and mortar businesses and you have to go to them. Not so with Gino’s Mobile Pizzeria because Gino comes to you.

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You may be asking yourself, if I’ve never tried Gino’s pizzas how can I possibly recommend him? The answer really is quite simple. First, Gino is a cousin on my wife’s side of the family. Secondly, Gino used to own a pizza restaurant when I was dating back in the day, some 25 years ago, and Gino used to make the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted.

I’m assuming that making pizza is like riding a bike, once you know how it just stays with you. If anything, as far as making pizzas go, you can only get better as time goes by.

When I bumped into Gino recently he was telling me about his new business. You can check out his Facebook page here.

If you have a function coming up, whether it’s a birthday, engagement or whatever, and you want to do something different for your guests you should consider giving Gino a call. The Brighton Surf Lifesavers club did just that. That’s Gino in the image above, all set up and raring to go.

Once you book him Gino will come to you with his specially constructed wood oven on a 6×4 trailer. Gino will then use all his pizza making skills to make sure that your guests have a great time.

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I’m not sure if the menu or prices has changed but I’ve posted one that I pinched from his Facebook page. 😉

So, if you have a function that you would like to have catered why not give Gino a call on 0411263624

It was a beautiful summers day in Adelaide and the wife and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice Italian style lunch. I’ve been meaning to try out Anthony’s Cucina & Pizzeria for ages as I always drive past on the way to the in-laws. Today we actually stopped for lunch and we were so glad we did.

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We were actually greeted at the door by Anthony himself, that’s him in the photo above. Having someone greet us in such a pleasant and friendly manner is such a pleasure. Anthony showed us to our table, no we didn’t book, and within a very short time our lovely waitress gave us our menu and took our drink order.

I loved the look of the restaurant with the high ceilings and spacious settings. But lets forget the decor and get down to the food. You can see their menu here. We had Arancini as an entree and it was delicious. Not your normal arancini either as this one was a pumpkin arancini with Taleggio cheese on a bed of truffle aioli.

Now those of you who know me know how much I love my risotto so it was with some trepidation that I ordered the Risotto Zucca! This risotto was a combination of rice (obviously lol) pancetta, roast pumpkin, fresh sage and Parmesan cheese. Without even tasting it I added extra Parmesan because that’s just what I do. What can I say other than I loved it! It was so full of flavour.

The wife’s dish doesn’t actually appear on the menu. Maybe it was part of the house special or something? Anyway you can see it in the image above. It was a spaghetti marinara and I could tell by the look on her face that she was really enjoying it. Which is cool because it’s hard to please a Sicilian when it comes to seafood.

This link will take you to their FaceBook About page which has their address and phone number in case you want to book ahead. I don’t think their email address works so they may want to have a look at that.

Would I go there again? Bloody oath I would.

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