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“Recent appalling deterioration in standard”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Xanders Brasserie - CLOSED

Xanders Brasserie
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian, French
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Launceston, Australia
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24 reviews
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“Recent appalling deterioration in standard”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

We returned to Stanley for a few days recently mainly to eat at this restaurant which had been fantastic a couple of years ago when it had different owners. It still sources good beef and lamb locally but the way the produce is used is not even pub standard. It also tasted as if some ingredients were pre-packaged or canned. For instance my Asian noodle soup had no hint of Asian flavours. It was a clear broth like Campbells packets, containing noodles accompanied by a small bowl of dried onion flakes, again from perhaps a Mclintock's shaker? Where were the Asian greens eg bokchoy, herbs eg coriander, spices eg 5 spice powder or star anise (if Chinese) or lime, chilli (if creating a Thai style)? My partner's gnocchi were equally disappointing-soft and flavourless he reported.
My lamb was nice and cooked rare, as I like it, but the crumbs were soggy. A good cook would know to cook high and fast would result in rare meat and crisp crumb topping. The accompanying salad again showed that lack of understanding and passion for food. It was a small bowl of mainly endive, with brown ends, plastered in a zig-zag pattern of mayonnaise from a squeeze bottle-again off the shelf, no interesting vinaigrette as these prices should bring. My partner's duck was reasonable but again that lack of understanding of flavours. The satay sauce, tasting as out of a can, was unpleasant and hid the flavour of the duck. I'm afraid it appears as if the cook is one out of a pub 20-30 years ago when all that was expected was mixed grills. The kitchen staff would benefit from education and interest in today's food and consumer habits. Also the maître de/current owner would learn from his customers' experiences if he ASKED their opinions, not simply joke/make statements "well you'r e getting into that". The wine list was probably the only good point of the night. However to capitalise on the list, the staff need to know about the wine. It was terrific that the young waitress said she'd transfer our question to someone else who would know...........but he (the said maître de) didn't know enough about wine to be the 'expert' on hand.
We are very happy to pay a fair amount for a good meal but the food at the local pub is far better. This restaurant needs a wake-up call. If it purports to be "fine dining" it needs a change in management and cook.
This is very unfortunate for Stanley as a place as it has great cafes like Touchwood and Chin Wag who earn their good reputation.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
South Australia
1 review
“truely Scrumptious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

A friend bragged about how awesome this restaurant was and he was right. What a delight, cant wait to come back :)

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank KB2268
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Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

coming from Sydney we were surprised to find a regional rest. in Tassie the equal or even better than some of the top class restaurants there the food beautiful service great a must if visiting Stanley.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Brian H
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Moriac, Australia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and enjoyed a fantastic 3 course dinner at Xander's. Not only was the food sensational but the service was exceptional. The menu was explained in detail and the matre de was very amusing and entertaining. I would thoroughly recommend a meal at this lovely restaurant if staying in Stanley.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Amanda L
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Caves Beach,Australia
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“You will be hard pressed to find a better regional restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Outstanding quality of produce , locally sourced and cooked and presented really well
We returned the next night to see if it was a "fluke" the first time. It was just as good
The owner and maître is knowledgeable and does a great job in front of house
Do not miss this one if you visit Stanley TAS

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Russ1625
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