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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.

This week in food and photos

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It feels like it has been a long week. Last week  and the week before were relatively short in the sense I was travelling for work.

It was also a big week in other respects. I attended a dinner to farewell a very senior colleague and the same night the mighty Queensland XXXX Maroons defeated the New South Wales cockroaches in the second game of this years State of Origin series. Given Queensland won the first game this means another series victory for the Maroons and this time on home soil at Lang Park. It was hard not to wear a smile on my face for days. I’m still smiling.

I’m very grateful to my friends and family who kept me updated via text messages throughout the evening.

I also voted yesterday. The election is next week but I thought I’d get it over a week early to avoid the crowds and queues. The only thing I missed out on was a sausage sizzle and cake stall. I enjoy voting. I take my time and ensure I mark every box, I don’t just mark the easy options along party lines.

Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, arborio rice, chilli and sugar snap peas
Sunday dinner. Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, arborio rice, chilli and sugar snap peas
Monday Lunch. Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, and arborio rice
Monday Lunch. Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, and arborio rice
Monday dinner. Baked maple syrup salmon with vegetables
Monday dinner. Baked maple syrup salmon with vegetables
Woden wind tunnel on Tuesday morning
Woden wind tunnel on Tuesday morning
Tuesday lunch. Brioche raisin toast with slowly cooked lamb and cheese
Tuesday lunch. Brioche raisin toast with slowly cooked lamb and cheese
At work for a 6 am teleconference so I'm eating a double decker brioche raisin toast fluffernutter
At work for a 6 am teleconference so I’m eating a double decker brioche raisin toast fluffernutter
Celebratory Thursday afternoon tea. Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Celebratory Thursday afternoon tea. Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Thursday dinner. Still happy. Chicken Maryland with sweet potato and avocado
Thursday dinner. Still happy. Chicken Maryland with sweet potato and avocado
Friday lunch. Roast beef with potato and sweet potato
Friday lunch. Roast beef with potato and sweet potato
Friday dinner. Baked Chicken Maryland with vegetables and quinoa rice
Friday dinner. Baked Chicken Maryland with vegetables and quinoa rice
Saturday viewing. Lavalantula
Saturday viewing. Lavalantula

Made by the Sharknado people and starring the Police Academy actors.

Saturday morning. Fried eggs
Saturday morning. Fried eggs
Saturday dinner. Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and caramelised onion
Saturday dinner. Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and caramelised onion
Caramelised onion
Caramelised onion
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
#lakeginninderra #belconnen #canberra #cbr with some extra saturation Google Nik Collection
#lakeginninderra #belconnen #canberra #cbr with some extra saturation Google Nik Collection
I voted on Saturday. A week early to avoid the crowds and queues next week. Belconnen Community Centre
I voted on Saturday. A week early to avoid the crowds and queues next week. Belconnen Community Centre
Sunday breakfast. Smashed avocado on raisin toast
Sunday breakfast. Smashed avocado on raisin toast
Ready to walk on a –5 °C morning.
Ready to walk on a –5 °C morning.
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Hot chocolate made with Fluff in a LMG mug
Hot chocolate made with Fluff in a LMG mug
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra bubbles at John Knight Memorial Park
Sunday dinner. Slowly cooked boubon barbecue oyster blade steak with pearl couscous, chickpeas and vegetables
Sunday dinner. Slowly cooked boubon barbecue oyster blade steak with pearl couscous, chickpeas and vegetables

I hope you had a good week and enjoyed some fine food.

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Footy food for state of origin 2

Tonight’s match was the most important game of rugby league this year. Queensland needed to defeat NSW to ensure not just a series win but a set up for a clean sweep. NSW was desperate to win to set up a decider at Lang Park.

Every state of origin match like a grand final needs footy food. In fact state of origin is more important than a grand final or an international test match so the food needs to be super tasty and super simple.

I started the day with a small simple breakfast with a big dinner in mind.

Bacon and eggs

A close up of my bacon and eggs
A close up of my bacon and eggs

For lunch I had leftover roast lamb with some cheese and leaves.

Leftover lamb with cheese and leaves
Leftover lamb with cheese and leaves

For my main meal I bought 500 grams of chicken wings. I specified the forearm equivalent, i.e., the radius and ulna and not the humerus. I reckon this has the most tender meat and when it’s cooked well it falls from the bones easily. I coated the chicken with oil and added some chicken salt, pepper and chili flakes. I put them into an oven at 150 °C for 60 minutes. I also added some Brussels sprouts and some little nubs of beef mince. To this I added some slivered almonds and pine nuts and then added a layer of grated cheese. All this is similar to what I had on the night of game 1. That night I had panko coated wings. Now that I’m doing a bit of low carb eating I’ve avoided the panko crumbs.

Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts with nubs of beef mince
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts with nubs of beef mince
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts from the oven
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts from the oven
My bowl of chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
My bowl of chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
A close up of my chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
A close up of my chicken wings and Brussels sprouts

So this is the footy food I had tonight for game 2 of the 2015 state of origin series.

In the end New South Wales defeated Queensland 26:18. It was a bit of a lacklustre game tonight. Queensland’s defence wasn’t as good as it has been or should have been. Bring on game 3. A decider at Lang Park the home of Queensland rugby league.

What footy food will you have for game 3?

Another #origin nude burger #QUEENSLANDER

It’s game three, a dead rubber but still an important game

It’s bloody cold in Canberra today. I woke up to nearly –5 °C and as I type it’s only 5 °C. I’ve made another nude burger for tonight’s game but what I’m thinking is how much I want it to be summer. I’d happily eat this nude burger in the nude. It would be more comfortable than wearing so many layers and having numb appendages. 

Happy hump day dinner waiting for State of Origin III. Nude burger with tomato and avocado plus a white wine cream sauce.
Happy hump day dinner waiting for State of Origin III. Nude burger with tomato and avocado plus a white wine cream sauce.
Another #origin nude burger
 
Recipe Type: A quick and easy footy food burger
Cuisine: Australian dude food
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A meaty meal for origin III. Hoping that Queensland defeats NSW tonight.
Ingredients
  • Beef mince
  • Tasty Coon cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • White wine
  • Cream
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Make a burger out of mince
  2. Cook in a frying pan with the tomato
  3. Melt the cheese on the burger in a small bench top oven or your main oven
  4. Deglase the tasty bits with a splash of white wine
  5. Add some cream and cook to thicken
  6. Glisten with some butter
  7. Serve with avocado the tomato and the sauce
  8. Capture an image
  9. Enjoy the meal
  10. Wash the dishes
  11. Turn on the footy
  12. Watch the preliminaries
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Blog about it
  15. Hope and pray Queensland defeats NSW
 
Notes
Perfect footy food
The butter I use
The butter I use
Happy hump day breakfast. Bacon and scrambled eggs with smoked cheddar cheese and spam.
Happy hump day breakfast. Bacon and scrambled eggs with smoked cheddar cheese and spam.

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Queensland won last night’s game. Celebrating with another nude burger for breakfast 🙂 

Non pay day Thursday good morning. I woke up happy that Queensland won last night's origin game. Nude burger and avocado.
Non pay day Thursday good morning. I woke up happy that Queensland won last night’s origin game. Nude burger and avocado.

Footy food by Yummy Lummy #StateofOrigin #Origin #Queensland

Footy food for State of Origin game two

Tonight is game two in this year’s state of origin series. On the old blog you can find many posts about state of origin and where my allegiances lie. Needless to say the photograph of me on my about page has the Queensland flag as a background. The Maroon jumper I wear in my twitter and instagram avatars says it all QUEENSLANDER!!!

On the way home tonight I stopped at Jamison Takeaway in the Jamison Plaza and bought some potato scallops and calamari rings to snack on while I cooked my dinner.

Footy food from Jamison Takeaway. Potato scallops and calamari rings. I hope Queensland defeats New South Wales tonight in the State of Origin game.
Footy food from Jamison Takeaway. Potato scallops and calamari rings. I hope Queensland defeats New South Wales tonight in the State of Origin game.

 

 

Sorry it’s a little blurry. I was so excited about eating them 🙂  

A need to do a shout out to the lovely ladies at the Jamison Takeaway. They always give me an extra potato scallop. They are the best. 

For dinner I made honey soy chicken wings. They make great footy food. Click on the image if you want to see a bigger version.

Happy hump day honey soy chicken wings while waiting for the State of Origin game #QUEENSLANDER
Happy hump day honey soy chicken wings while waiting for the State of Origin game #QUEENSLANDER
Honey soy chicken wings | Footy food by Yummy Lummy
 
Recipe Type: Footy food
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Rugby league is the greatest game of all. State of origin is the greatest example of rugby league. Queensland is the greatest state in Australia and in the world, even the universe. Footy and food go hand in hand.
Ingredients
  • Chicken wings
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Sherry
  • Dessicated coconut
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chilli flakes
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add the chicken and everything else
  2. Mix well and allow to rest for ten minutes
  3. Put into a preheated oven (150 °C) for one hour
  4. Plate up
  5. Capture an image with a Nikon D5300 and a Tamron 90 mm Macro lens at 1/25 seconds, f/8 and ISO 100
  6. Eat the food while watching the pregame highlights
  7. Wash the dishes
  8. Write the blog post
  9. Enjoy the game
  10. Hope Queensland defeats New South Wales
 
Notes
Just to repeat, rugby league is the greatest game of all. State of origin is what sport is all about. Queenslanders are the best FULL STOP

 
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