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“Yummy Chowder”

Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Cook Saddle Cafe and Saloon offers locals and visitors a variety of menu options at reasonable prices in a warm and friendly country atmosphere.Our wide menu selection includes ala carte and group menu’s, while our popular western style meals are enjoyed by young and old. A children’s menu is available and we endeavour to meet special dietary requirements upon request.The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining and during the cooler months visitors can relax and unwind by the cosy open fire.The saloon is full of local history, a comfortable place for visitors to the West Coast region to catch up with the locals and perhaps hear a few good old stories from days gone by!
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yummy Chowder”
Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Great little find, best seafood chowder ever. Warm, dry, great atmosphere, a nice little pub, wish I was there now!! Bangers and Mash also worth a mention, simple food that fills the belly!!

Visited August 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic dinner will be back tomorrow night”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Had a great dinner. Warm fire place created a great atmosphere. Lots of selections of drink. Service was great.

Other reviews have given this place some negative comments but I didn't find this to be the case. When I asked our tour guide from the Heli Hike she also recommended this place

We have done a walk through down again this afternoon and decided to go back again tonight as we think it is the best option.

Visited August 2014
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Thank Troy G
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Singapore, null, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Alright Restaurant”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Had dinner at the cook saddle cafe as there weren't many places that were open at 8pm. The restaurant was nice and warm. Service was slow however as they seemed understaffed. The server was also not very familiar with the food when I asked her a couple of questions. When I asked her to describe the fish of the day, the descriptions almost sounded as if I didn't understand what a fish was. Food however was generally good. Ambience was alright. Other than the slow and odd service, little complaints.

  • Visited July 2014
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Francestown, New Hampshire
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“quite disappointed...”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We've been there for lunch. The room is nearly as cold as outside but that's ok for us. I ordered a fish burger, it was ok but in NZ I always had better burgers. The chips were really good, well cooked. My partner ordered a whitebait, 27 dollars, we expected a big plate, we were really disappointed. Small portion as compared to the price. The 'gourmet potatoes' to go with are just boiled potatoes. We decided not to take dessert there but my partner was still hungry so we had to buy cookies in the supermarket... next time we may just try to take a fish and chips takeaway. The service was good, nice waitress.

  • Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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“Bad food, slow service”
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

We waited for ~15mins just to get a menu. A table that came after us, even got served first!

After ordering, we have to wait for another 20mins for our meal. We ordered calamari and roast chicken. The calamari is just fine. However, the chicken is over cooked and very dry.

We didn't bother ordering dessert even though it looks good, we just don't have the time to wait for another 15-20mins.

Well, they have a very nice fire place. That's the only positive I can think of.

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1 Thank MAngelUy
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