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Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar Restaurant Review

Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar Restaurant Review

On the Saturday, of this year’s Australia Day long weekend, I went to Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar with my daughters and my eldest daughter’s boyfriend. We had planned this lunch since before Christmas 2017.

This is a photograph of the front of Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar restaurant at Caloundra.

Who is Alfie?

If you’re not from Queensland or New South Wales (NSW) you may not know Alfie. Alfie is Allan Langer, and in my opinion the greatest rugby league halfback ever. Alfie played for the Brisbane Broncos, the XXXX Queensland Maroons, and the Australian Kangaroos. While small in stature for a modern elite athlete, his tenacity, skill, game intelligence and ability to read the field of play made him both exciting and dangerous if you were an opposing cockroach.

After Alfie retired from the National Rugby League (NRL) competition, he went on to play in the English super league. While he was there, Mr Wayne Bennett) was coaching the mighty XXXX Queensland Maroons and in 2001 during the State of Origin series, for the third and deciding match he called Alfie back to wear the Maroon jersey. Despite criticism and laughs of derision from cockroaches and cockroach lovers, Alfie set up two tries and scored one of the most brilliant tries of Origin history. While critics south of the border said he was too old and unfit to play Origin, Alfie inspired the team and Queensland won the series that year.

That try

Watch this YouTube video from about the 6 minutes 25 seconds mark through to 7 minutes 20 seconds to see THAT try.

Footy food for game 1

Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar

The restaurant is located on the corner of The Esplanade and Otranto Avenue, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra QLD 4551. Its website is simply http://www.alfies.net.au/ You can call to make a booking on +61 7 5492 8155.


For more information, you can go to Google maps. This site also has reviews and photographs.

My parents and brothers have eaten at Alfie’s many times and Dad has told me how he has even met Alfie who is often there and serving drinks at the bar. Apparently, he’ll walk around and chat with diners. Alfie wasn’t there on the day that we enjoyed our meal, I’m hoping to visit again for an opportunity to meet the man.

Lunch

The menu was as expected a food lovers paradise ranging from light and easy through to substantial meaty monuments to magnificent muscle.

This is a photograph of a knife and fork plus cutlery used to eat crabs and oysters at Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar at Caloundra.

My youngest daughter chose an Alfie Burger which she said was delicious and being in Queensland, it had beetroot and pineapple. These two elements are the sine qua non for a Queensland burger. In my mind, the only thing that could make it better would be a fried egg.

My daughter told me it was a really good burger.

My eldest daughter and her boyfriend both enjoyed fish and chips.

It looked like they both enjoyed their fish and chips.

My middle daughter and I agreed we would share a hot and cold seafood platter. This particular daughter and I have a very strong bond with food. She is a talented cake maker and cake decorator and she’s working in the food industry at the moment.

This is a photograph of me (Gary Lum aka Yummy Lummy) and my daughter before we begin to tuck into out hot and cold seafood platter at Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar restaurant at Caloundra.

This platter was pretty good and it didn’t take us long to polish it off. The only thing that could have been improved would have been the crab. I think I’ve been spoilt with experiences with Top End mud crabs and imported King crab. The humble spanner crab isn’t quite the same. In some ways, a sand crab would be been nice. We agreed, the next time we might go for a cold platter with a side of the oysters Kilpatrick.

This is a photograph of my view of the hot and cold seafood platter at Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar restaurant at Caloundra.

Everything tasted fresh and the oysters were plump and the prawns were firm. The deep-fried treats were very tasty and not over seasoned. The accompanying dipping sauces were also very good. The house tartare was great and next time I might ask for an extra dish of that.

My daughter and I were very satisfied with our choice and we felt like we had eaten well.

If you’re interested in what the damage was, check out the online menu for all the details.

Alfie’s burger

Beef pattie, bacon, beetroot, pineapple, vintage cheddar, caramelised onions, smokey bbq sauce, fat chips.

Alfie’s fish and chips

Fish and fat chips, summer salad, house tartare, lemon.

Alfie’s hot and cold seafood platter

1 spanner crab, 6 fresh Mooloolaba king prawns, 1 Moreton Bay bug, 6 natural oysters, 6 pieces of crumbed fish, 6 tempura king prawns, 6 Kilpatrick oysters, salt and pepper calamari and served with a Queensland nut and toasted coconut salad, tartare sauce, seafood sauce, fat chips, and lemon.

Final thoughts

Before I get to my final thoughts, you may like to read about the radio interview I did with Lish Fejer and Jolene Laverty on ABC Canberra about vanilla slice, one of my favourite things.

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch with my daughters. The restaurant is well positioned so you can see the water. The sea breeze keeps everything cool. The wait staff are friendly and attentive to diners. Gratefully they didn’t clear plates before everyone was finished.

Once ordered, the food came out in a good amount of time, not too soon and we didn’t feel like we were left waiting too long. The food itself is well presented, fresh and delicious.

I’d happily return for another meal and I have no hesitation to recommend Alfie’s Mooo Bar & Char to others.

I reckon after a lunch, it’s worth going for a walk and enjoying an ice cream by the beach.

This is a photograph of me (Gary Lum aka Yummy Lummy) on the beach at Caloundra. I'm wearing a Star Trek cap, sunglasses, a long-sleeve rash vest and board shorts.

Anchor note For those not familiar with the finer points of rugby league, a cockroach is a player from NSW. So named by Barry Muir. Barry was one of Australia’s greatest 100 players of the greatest game of all.

What I ate this week

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It’s been a busy week. I’ve had a rental inspection and I’ve had to pack up my work space for building maintenance. There’s also been work. There’s also been some fun. I’m still enjoying learning more of what has happened over the last forty years from friends from Stafford Heights State School.

Pulled pork

Last Sunday I made some pulled pork in the slow cooker and rejoiced in the knowledge that I would have plenty left over for lunches.

My pork ready to be pulled
My pork ready to be pulled
Slowly cooked pulled pork with beef and pearl couscous plus chickpeas and vegetables
Slowly cooked pulled pork with beef and pearl couscous plus chickpeas and vegetables

I had toasted sandwiches made with raisin toast and cheese. Some people questioned my use of raisin toast but I explained that pork loves fruity sweetness. Some queried my use of cheese (Swiss and Gouda) and I explained that it’s a toasted sandwich and so it must have cheese.

Toasted pulled pork and cheese sandwich on raisin toast with an apple and charity chocolate
Toasted pulled pork and cheese sandwich on raisin toast with an apple and charity chocolate

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I also used some of the leftover pulled pork in Friday night nachos after being inspired by blogger and YouTube star Hilah Johnson.

Leftover pulled pork nachos with Coon cheese, chillis, red onion, chives and barbecue sauce
Leftover pulled pork nachos with Coon cheese, chillis, red onion, chives and barbecue sauce
Leftover pulled pork nachos with Coon cheese, chillis, red onion, chives and barbecue sauce
Leftover pulled pork nachos with Coon cheese, chillis, red onion, chives and barbecue sauce

Salmon

As is tradition I enjoyed Salmon on Monday and Tuesday evening. I have taken a liking to frying ramen noodles and eating them with my salmon.

Pan fried salmon with dill, chilli, avocado, peas and corn along with caramelised onion
Pan fried salmon with dill, chilli, avocado, peas and corn along with caramelised onion
Baked salmon with cheesy crispy chilli noodles
Baked salmon with cheesy crispy chilli noodles

Cheerios

Wednesday evening was the third State of Origin game between the XXXX Queensland Maroons and the Victoria Bitter New South Wales Blues.

For dinner I had cheerios and macaroni cheese.

Cheerios with macaroni cheese #footyfood #origin #qlder
Cheerios with macaroni cheese #footyfood #origin #qlder

It was marvelous to see Cam Smith raise the shield above his head. Queensland have won 10 out of the past 11 contests.

Fish tacos

Thursday was pay day and as is my want I bought lunch. I bought fish tacos from Urban Bean Espresso Bar. They were quite nice. The sweet potato batons were also very nice.

Grilled flathead fish tacos with corny coriander salsa avocado sauce on soft taco with sweet potato wedges
Grilled flathead fish tacos with corny coriander salsa avocado sauce on soft taco with sweet potato wedges

Chicken

I was still hungry on Thursday night and ate two Chicken Maryland pieces served on some pearl couscous along with an avocado.

Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with crunchy pearl couscous and avocado
Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with crunchy pearl couscous and avocado

Baos

On Saturday night I enjoyed baos at Soi Noodle Bar.

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Soft shelled crab bao at Soi Noodle Bar
Soft shelled crab bao at Soi Noodle Bar
Tempura prawn bao from Soi Noodle Bar
Tempura prawn bao from Soi Noodle Bar
Spanner crab bao from Soi Noodle Bar
Spanner crab bao from Soi Noodle Bar

Meaty goodness and offal

After the baos I enjoyed a butcher’s board at Marble and Grain with some Wagyu rump, lamb rib, bone marrow, venison sausage, black pudding and chorizo stuffed onion.

Butcher’s board ‘Travale Farm’ venison sausages, baby lamb ribs, grilled Wagyu rump, grilled bone marrow, chorizo stuffed onion, black pudding stuffed pepper
Butcher’s board ‘Travale Farm’ venison sausages, baby lamb ribs, grilled Wagyu rump, grilled bone marrow, chorizo stuffed onion, black pudding stuffed pepper
Butcher’s board ‘Travale Farm’ venison sausages, baby lamb ribs, grilled Wagyu rump, grilled bone marrow, chorizo stuffed onion, black pudding stuffed pepper
Butcher’s board ‘Travale Farm’ venison sausages, baby lamb ribs, grilled Wagyu rump, grilled bone marrow, chorizo stuffed onion, black pudding stuffed pepper

Doughnuts

Call me Homer. I like doughnuts.

Glazed doughnuts
Glazed doughnuts
Doughnut
Doughnut

Meat pie

I like Garlo’s meat pies. This was a beef and mushroom pie with some Worcestershire Sauce injected into it before cooking and some Havarti cheese laid on top to melt.

Garlo's beef and mushroom pie
Garlo’s beef and mushroom pie

Fried eggs and caramelised onion

Saturday breakfast was a treat with some fried eggs and caramelised onion on raisin toast.

Fried eggs with caramelised onion on raisin toast
Fried eggs with caramelised onion on raisin toast
Fried eggs with caramelised onion on raisin toast
Fried eggs with caramelised onion on raisin toast

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Other random photographs

The Woden Wind Tunnel

Woden wind tunnel
Woden wind tunnel

Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

Do you prefer colour or black and white?

Pelican on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

Black and white

Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

Colour

Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

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What I ate today

Today is payday, always a great day. After paying off bills I wish it was payday tomorrow too…

I got into work at 5 am this morning to prepare for a 6 am teleconference. I brought in a crunchy peanut paste and Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade sandwich which I toasted for breakfast. I’d been inspired by seeing a peanut paste and raspberry jam cronut in a display cabinet in Urban Bean Espresso Bar the day before.

Peanut paste and jelly cronut from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Peanut paste and jelly cronut from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Payday Thursday breakfast at work. Crunchy peanut paste and Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade on rye bread.
Payday Thursday breakfast at work. Crunchy peanut paste and Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade on rye bread.

For lunch the inspiration continued and I bought a Bounty Bar cronut.

Payday Thursday lunch. Payday Pie Day. Bounty cronut from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
Payday Thursday lunch. Payday Pie Day. Bounty cronut from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

It was pretty filling.

For dinner I was feeling lazy after a long day at work. I stopped at the Jamison Takeaway and bought a piece of fish, some coleslaw and some potato scallops. When I got home I got some rye bread out of the freezer and made a fish and coleslaw sandwich.

Payday dinner. Fish and coleslaw sandwich on rye bread with potato scallop.
Payday dinner. Fish and coleslaw sandwich on rye bread with potato scallop.

How was your day? What did you eat?

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Hanuman Restaurant Darwin and Cold Rock too

Hanuman Restaurants serve a combination of Thai Indian and Nonya cuisine

My favourite place to eat in Darwin apart from getting casual fish and chips on Darwin wharf is the Hanuman Restaurant on Mitchell Street

Tonight I walked from my hotel into town and through to the Hanuman Restaurant. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to eat initially and I thought it would reveal how predictable and obsessive I am, but you know what? Who cares. I like the food. I like the restaurant. It was my choice. 

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Parliament House
Parliament House

Parliament House in Darwin has been nicknamed the wedding cake. You can see why.


 

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Inside the Hanuman Restaurant (outside section)

I arrived a little after 6 pm and was amongst the first diners.


 

Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Duck salad. Cashew nuts, Chilli, Coriander, Garlic, Lychees, Orange, Pineapple, Spring onion.
Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Duck salad. Cashew nuts, Chilli, Coriander, Garlic, Lychees, Orange, Pineapple, Spring onion.

This was a gorgeous duck salad. I could have stopped at this and been happy.

Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Thai crispy whole fish Hot, sweet and sour.
Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Thai crispy whole fish Hot, sweet and sour.

The whole fish was really nicely cooked and the flavours of the sauce were truly hot, sweet and sour. Perfect. 

Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Thai crispy whole fish Hot, sweet and sour.
Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Thai crispy whole fish Hot, sweet and sour.

Bones are always a problem when eating whole fish, but you kow what? When the fish tastes this good it doesn’t matter.

Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Thai crispy whole fish Hot, sweet and sour.
Tuesday night dinner in Darwin. Thai crispy whole fish Hot, sweet and sour.

This is the image I posted to Instagram


 

After a spicy meal I needed some dessert and I wanted ice cream. My favourite ice cream place in Darwin is Cold Rock

Cold Rock coconut ice cream and a freckle
Cold Rock coconut ice cream and a freckle

I love Cold Rock


 

Parliament House at night
Parliament House at night
Darwin wharf precinct at night
Darwin wharf precinct at night
Darwin Entertainment Centre by night
Darwin Entertainment Centre by night

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Morgans Seafood Restaurant

Seafood see food eat food at Morgans Seafood

 

A couple of weeks ago Mum and Dad celebrated 50 years of marriage. Mum wanted a family celebration with her children and grandchildren. There’s 15 of us including Mum and Dad.

A favourite restaurant for my parents is Morgans Seafood at Scarborough.

A photograph of the sign outside for Morgans Seafood Restaurant
Morgans Seafood Restaurant

We had a booking for noon because basically the Lums don’t like to wait too long to eat. On the drive (we had a convoy of three cars), I had a niece with me and she said she was a real Lum because she preferred meat and fish and dessert over vegetables.

We get to the restaurant and Dr47 tells me I’ve been here before but I can’t remember. Not long after, Mr42 arrives with his kids and we’re all seated at a long table with a water view. I find myself at the end with all the kids which isn’t a bad thing since I’m a big kid 🙂

A photograph of the inside of Morgans Seafood Restaurant
Inside Morgans Seafood Restaurant. We got there just before 12 noon.

Because we had decided we were also going to go out for dinner we all elected to enjoy a main course. The menu doesn’t have a huge selection but every item looks like a winner to me.

It’s been nearly a decade since I enjoyed a seafood platter (my favourites being at Crustaceans and Christos in Darwin). I was so excited when Miss17 said she’d like to try a platter with me. It was the second most beautiful thing I’d heard all weekend. The most beautiful was when Miss19 told me that when I visit in October she wants me to cook for her a meal like I used to when we lived in Darwin. I nearly cried.

Even though I had a camera with me I didn’t want to annoy everyone by capturing images of their food so I took a couple of ninja snaps.

Miss17 and I chose the Moreton Bay platter because it was a combination hot and cold creation and focussed on the local crustacean, Thenus orientalis, which is a slipper lobster and known locally as the Moreton Bay bug. In Cockroach territory (aka New South Wales) it’s known as a Balmain bug. Fittingly Dr47 described it to his Miss8 as the cockroach of the sea (not that that description would put her off eating it). I loved her description of calamari. She calls them Japanese chips (fries for my North American friends).

The Moreton Bay platter consists of Chilled Moreton Bay bugs, Florida lobster, Pacific oysters, and ocean prawns, with Grilled Coconut crumbed prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, half shell Queensland scallops with macadamia nut and lime butter, salt and pepper calamari (aka Japanese chips), and crumbed fish fillets.

Crumbed calamari (aka Japanese chips)
Crumbed calamari (aka Japanese chips)
Seafood pasta
Seafood pasta
Seafood tasting plate
Seafood tasting plate
Moreton Bay platter
Moreton Bay platter
Moreton Bay platter
Moreton Bay platter
Moreton Bay platter
Moreton Bay platter
Chilled Moreton Bay bugs and fruit
Chilled Moreton Bay bugs and fruit
Grilled seafood on the Moreton Bay platter
Grilled seafood on the Moreton Bay platter
Mmm...Queensland scallops with Queensland nut and lime butter
Mmm…Queensland scallops with Queensland nut and lime butter
My plate at the end
My plate at the end

It’s meant to be a platter for two but the quantities are not served evenly, so there is an odd number of oysters, bug tails and only one lobster tail. This could create a little tension, fortunately, I’ve learnt to be less macrophagic in my eating habits and so Miss17 and I made very equitable decisions on the division of the spoils.

After the mains were devoured a spectacular cake was produced. A white chocolate mud cake for Mum and Dad.

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We all had a great time at lunch. The kids loved their meals and the setting was perfect. Brisbane turned on a beautiful day for Mum and Dad. They shared that on their wedding day it was brighter and more blue but a little colder in Brisbane. On that day the Beatles were playing in Brisbane and the Wallabies were playing the All Blacks. An uncle from New Zealand asked if he could skip the wedding party and attend the test match. So fifty years on and my parents have a family they love and in Mum’s words they’ll just take each year as it comes now.

So how would I rate Morgans Seafood on my new restaurant rating system?

I give it 4 colonies out of 5. Really good. I will aim to return. As a bonus they use cloth napkins and the mens’ room had good hand basins and soap to wash off all the seafood odours.

 
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Morgans Seafood http://www.morganseafood.com.au/

A la carte menu http://www.morganseafood.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Menu-20-6-2014.pdf

Smorgasbord http://www.morganseafood.com.au/restaurants/brisbane-seafood-restaurant/seafood-smorgasbord/

 

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TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g255068-d917292-Reviews-Morgans_Seafood_Restaurant-Brisbane_Queensland.html

 

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