Recently being informed of a local eating hole in Kingaroy winning an award I had to go and check it out. My parents go out for lunch every Friday, this week I tagged along and took them to Accents. This place has cause quite a stir beating reputable places like the Gunshop Cafe and Lock’n'load in the 2011 Brisbane Restaurant and Catering Awards. Was the vote rigged? Or is it just indicative of the voters?
THE LUNCH: Lunch time 12pm – 1pm a small window to eat, with us walking into Accents in Kingaroy. Greeted by one of the chefs and informed to grab a table. Easy, love table service. Our waiter appeared, took our drink order and did not return for 15min. Yes he did deliver another tables drinks in this time, of the total of 2 other tables. One waiter should be able to look after the place (10pax) on his own. After my fathers coffee came to the table we waited another 5 minutes to get my mum’s coffee and then reminded him of the milk on the side of my dad’s coffee. By now we were about to order with my dad’s coffee cold, and 35min of time remaining.
inquiring about the soup special the waiter did not even reply and turned on his heel and headed to the kitchen. With us all left going what just happened. I assumed he went to go and ask the chefs, however he might have wanted to mention it to us before disappearing for another few minutes. After ordering from the menu, with no extra information on the products on it, we were then left to wait for our meals. Lucky for us we had 15min to devour our meals. The meals were a T-bone steak which came with vegetables and mushroom gravy, the steak it self was a little on the old side. Though the veggies cooked to perfection and the mushroom sauce was fantastic. Quiche and salad are a cafe standard anywhere, the only complaint was the tomatoes had been cut about three days ago and sat in their own juices for a while going soggy. Yuk.
Lastly my meal above “gourmet sasauges and mash”, the waiter did not konw where they came from, or even if they had been made on premises. Presentation of the meal was great along with the other two. Though biting in to my “gourmet” sausage it was a big let down. My first sausage experience coming back into Australia, it tasted like it had come across the road from Woolworth’s. It was not as meaty as I expected, but on the plus side they cooked the veggies perfectly and the onion gravy was fantastic.
THE VERDICT: Using the word gourmet has now reached an all time high, it is the “in” thing and has been for a few years now. With it placed in front of a meal names, a blurb about a chef and even cookbooks. Gourmet has so many meanings, the one relating to my sausages “ingredient of high quality”. How does the Gunshop Cafe lose to this place?
Yes if you went to the Gunshop on a Friday for lunch you would have to wait for your meal. Thou you would have informative wait staff, with knowledge of the menu and ingredients. At our lunch we got out at exactly 1pm. I like to relax while I eat, not a power feed. I’m pretty disappointed with this place, the waiter was terrible and the atmosphere was a bit sterile. The food was good, a bit better than what you could get at the pub. They do all you can eat ribs and wings on the weekends. I asked about it if they were American style and the waiter kicked up a big anti-American stink about it, then he gave me a flyer, which stated marinated ribs and chicken wings in what looked American style.. Too Funny.
Won’t be going back again. I will stick to the Gunshop any day for a decent feed, food that is fresh, people who support the local farmers with an ambient atmosphere. Can’t wait to visit Brisbane this weekend for a breakfast or a dinner at the Gunshop.
Who is coming with me?