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Travel | Broken Hill: Tydvil Bistro

There isn’t a great lot of places open at night in Broken Hill- the pubs are really the only the place to go. We’d been to Tydvil Hotel previously with friends for drinks but spied the waffles from the bistro at the last minute and decided to go for some waffles instead of a drink- and they were so good we decided we’d come back for a proper meal!
Tydvil bistro is a small dining area next to the pub. It’s nicely set up, but like any pub bistro the service is minimal- grab a table, grab some menus, order at the counter and wait for your food to come. They specialise mostly in steaks and schnitzels, with a complete menu dedicated to schnitzels and various toppings you can add on top. 


 Chicken Schnitzel with King Avocado ($23.50)

Seeing how popular the schnitzels were, we decided to get one each. The basic chicken schnitzel is $19.50 and comes with gravy and a side of chips and salad or roasted vegetables. But of course, we don’t want to boring like that so we choose from their 20 or so different toppings available.

It’s not everyday that you eat schnitzel with avocado so we try the King Avocado topping ($4). It bears a startling resemblance to a Hawaiian pizza, with a topping of not only avocado, but also bacon, pineapple, sour cream, sweet chilli sauce and melted cheese. And it makes for a rather large serving size too!
Because there is a heap of topping, you don’t really notice the avocado but the combination of all the flavours is quite tasty. We do find it rather salty though, as the bacon, cheese and schnitzel are all quite salty themselves! 
Chicken Schnitzel with Chef’s Special ($27.50)
And how can one pass a topping named ‘Chef’s special’? 
It’s a tasty combination of squid, chilli, lime and cherry tomatoes in garlic and white wine sauce. The sauce goes quite well with the perfectly cooked squid, with a slight zing of lime making it taste rather fresh. It does however, taste a little odd with the schnitzel as the heaviness of the schnitzel contrasts greatly with the lightness of the sauce. 


Belgian Style Waffle ($10)
There’s no dessert menu, but there are three different waffle flavours scribbled on the blackboard behind the counter. We’d tried (and loved) the strawberry and banana version last time, so we decided to go with the English Toffee variant this time, which comes with almonds, cashews and salted caramel. 
Be prepared to share, as their waffle portions are rather large, with three big scoops of ice cream. The waffle is nice and crispy, and we love the sweetness of the English toffee as well as the crunch of the nuts. Definitely a very satisfying way to end a meal!

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July 30, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Charlotte’s at the Grand

We’ve been busy the past few Sundays either lazing about at home or going out for short trips out of town, so we hadn’t had a chance to explore Broken Hill on Sunday. Not that there’s anything exciting- we already knew it, but the town is ridiculously quiet on a Sunday morning, with every shop on the main street shut except for two cafes, the newsagents and a couple of small stores.

And we thought Saturday was quiet!

Mocha ($5)

We’ve ridden past this cafe a couple of times and it always seems quite busy so when we notice that it’s actually open on Sunday, we were excited to give it a try. Located just under the Grand Guest House, Charlotte’s is a small corner cafe though there’s also seating (with blankets provided!) outside.

Order at the counter, pick yourself a seat and food will be coming out in no time. We take a seat by the window, watching a few cars go past every once in a while. It really is a quiet town!

The mocha was great for warming me up in this cold winter weather, and it comes with a mars bar too! It was a little on the bland side, not quite chocolatey enough for my liking, as is the hot chocolate that my friend orders.

Chicken Schnitzel Burger ($11)

We love that the wait staff are very honest when we ask them what they think of some dishes so I don’t hesitate to order the chicken schnitzel burger under their recommendation. I’m surprised that it comes in a roll rather than a burger bun.

I can’t say I was too fond of the plastic cheese in the burger, but it is a tasty roll, with a crispy chicken schnitzel filling, a nice balance of tomato, onion, salad and a good squeeze of barbecue sauce and mayo. And it’s a pretty filling serving size too!

Lasagne with salad ($15)

My friend’s order of lasagne was not so exciting. The slice of lasagne was tasty though not amazing, and the side salad of grated carrot and onion left much to be desired.

Overall, we’re not super impressed by the food but the cafe is quite nice, and the staff are friendly- and I wouldn’t mind returning to try their scones and cakes that everyone else seemed to be having!

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