Suggestion Restaurants in Thredbo Village 2022

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9) Eagles Nest - extremely limited menu (two soups, two toasties) but came out fine. Hot chocolates excellent for kids and setting is also nice with the fireplace on top of the mountain. Only a 10 min wait (inside and warm) for a table without a booking.
the best hot choc and the 4 three cheeses toastie is amazing. I assumed that was just the snacks/breakfast menu when we went there on Sunday, if that is the whole menu 0-o wow, very limited. I had a an amazing risotto there last year.

So I may have missed it but I am guessing the cafe at eagle hawk is not open this year?
 
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Excellent review! Did you get to Frostbite as it has always been a very good on mountain choice, except for the lack of loos!
Not this year, sorry. To be honest, with our youngest having his first trip on skis, it was only the last couple of days we got out of FF/Merritts.

The sneaky trip to Kareela was one of the Thredboland days! It's not really a place for 3 year olds anyway so I don't think he missed much.....
 
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the best hot choc and the 4 three cheeses toastie is amazing. I assumed that was just the snacks/breakfast menu when we went there on Sunday, if that is the whole menu 0-o wow, very limited. I had a an amazing risotto there last year.

So I may have missed it but I am guessing the cafe at eagle hawk is not open this year?

I just assumed it was whole menu - we were there for lunch about 1145 and I didn't see anything else come around.....

Is that cafe the one downstairs? If so, wasn't open when I was there.
 

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my daughter (7) absolutely loves the Thredbo pub for some reason. I guess she rates their chips.
Ha ha! I can relate and to be fair, my kids also had a good time there. We were there on a sat night and it is well positioned for fireworks etc. Perhaps I was a little harsh and I may have just ordered a couple of things that were really bad (salt and pepper calamari was particularly inedible)!

Given we were there for 10 days, there is also a limit to how many meals of chips and nuggets/burgers my wife will allow!
 
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Bullwheel?
Is that what is called?
I just assumed it was whole menu - we were there for lunch about 1145 and I didn't see anything else come around.....

Is that cafe the one downstairs? If so, wasn't open when I was there.
Yeah downstairs. I haven't seen it open the couple times I dropped in to use the loo.

I am guessing that is the full menu then, we were there around 1045 and so I assumed it was a breakfast menu. Shame it is so limited.
We were there on a sat night
We did the pizzeria on Sat night. I am a fan although I find the pizza's moreish so eat too much
 
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Bullwheel?
I'm really not sure what the names of the places up there are or where I was now!! We went into the tunnel off the chair and up the first stairs to where ski patrol is. There looked like there was a cafe down there that was closed. Then we climbed up the next staircase to the room with a bar and fireplace overlooking the resort. I thought I saw eagles nest somewhere up there but could be mistaken. The menu there was just the limited set above. Hope I haven't confused things for people....

TBH, I used to just pick between Black Sallees (RIP) and Kareela when in that part of the hill and don't know this complex well.
 
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I'm really not sure what the names of the places up there are or where I was now!! We went into the tunnel off the chair and up the first stairs to where ski patrol is. There looked like there was a cafe down there that was closed. Then we climbed up the next staircase to the room with a bar and fireplace overlooking the resort. I thought I saw eagles nest somewhere up there but could be mistaken. The menu there was just the limited set above. Hope I haven't confused things for people....

TBH, I used to just pick between Black Sallees (RIP) and Kareela when in that part of the hill and don't know this complex well.
Eagle's Nest is the restaurant on the top floor and bullwheel bar and bistro operates on the middle level usually. It has the old lift bullwheel as an ornamet on display

Solid effort tackling the pork knuck solo at KareelaLOL
 
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Ok, last of my immediate post-trip reminiscing posts before I settle back into the reality of what I am supposed to be doing behind this desk.....

So over a week and a half, covered most of the restaurants in the village and on the mountain I think. As a general statement, most places are actually doing things pretty well. It's very expensive and nothing will really blow your mind, but in the main, they're doing a pretty good job of delivering what they say they will and you should be expecting those 'premium' prices by now I think. The main impact of short staffing I found was the difficulty in getting bookings - I booked weeks in advance and even then could only get Kareela one day out of 10 and couldn't get into Candlelight or T-Bar at all. Then you would go to many of those restaurants and they would not be full (Denman had less than half the tables available for dinner for eg) so it must be really frustrating for the managers of those places too.

Quick restaurant summary:

Village

(1) Denman - our favourite. We ate here a few times. Everything was really well done and we like the setting. Fish was a standout in a town where it is hard to find fresh and/or healthy options! Filet Mignon went down very well. Desserts great. Longer and more diverse menu than most this year.

(2) Bernti's - steak was excellent, as it should be at $80!! Wife looking for something a bit healthier went for vegetarian fried rice which was really more like just rice and pretty disappointing. Moved downstairs from Zacks grill due to Covid needing to shut that kitchen, so limited experience and won't hold too much against them. Have had great meals here in previous years.

(3) Crackenback Farm - don't forget about this place if you can manage the drive. Food is really excellent. Pork Belly was amazing.

(4) Sante - middle son (quite the aficionado) rated the ribs here as the best dish of the whole trip. They really were very good. The steak was also a great piece of meat, cooked just as ordered. Again, expectations are very high for $80 steaks though..... service a bit all over the place here but I think just inexperienced/short staffed. They were nice and well intentioned, recognised a couple of boo boos and gave the kids free dessert so overall we left happy.

(5) Burger Bar - love the vibe and a much better price point than most. The salad and sides all good but unfortunately the burgers were pretty average. Not terrible, just dry patties and not quite meeting expectations for a burger specialist. I'm prepared to give it another go next time because it shows so much promise. And it's still much better than the pub of course...

(6) Pub - avoid unless you can't get in anywhere else, but you already knew that.

(7) Mad Mexican at Ullr- I really enjoyed this, I think most who like Mexican would too. Only downside was that our waiter had a quite different interpretation of what is spicy than our U10 kids. Made up for it with the Churros though!

Mountain

(8) Kareela - I just love this place. Family wouldn't cooperate with the ordering so forced to man up and attack the pork knuckle solo. Unfortunately led to a lot of wastage but it really is excellent. Every other dish went down just as well. Must book I think.

(9) Eagles Nest - extremely limited menu (two soups, two toasties) but came out fine. Hot chocolates excellent for kids and setting is also nice with the fireplace on top of the mountain. Only a 10 min wait (inside and warm) for a table without a booking.

(10) FF food court - avoid unless you can't get someone in your party any higher up the mountain, but you already knew that.

(11) Merritts - actually did a decent job. Watermelon cups and wraps were simple but quite decent and a fresh necessity for us after so much fried food everywhere. Crowds are out of control up here.

(12) Avalanche - great pies and burgers!

Hope that helps someone who needs to make some bookings for later in the season!
Great reviews - thanks! Shame you missed Al Fresco, always consistent and casual.
 

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It’s always been overpriced, and average, the whole region. Kind of like Margaret River 20 years ago, claiming five stars, delivering three. It has been improving a little in recent years, have they got over Chorizo yet?
Years and years ago it was good. When Sonya ran it. Perhaps we had lower expectations then…maybe we did.…but I do think it’s never been as good…not near as good since she left.

When Thredbo took it over they seemed to think it best to promote the drinking bit, which for a restaurant seemed an odd choice. The food seemed to me to become secondary to the alcohol sales. No doubt lots love it, but not so much me.

That menu looks pretty much Black Bear standard fare, with a handful of twists. All good. It’s not bad. It will no doubt warm the cockles on a cold snowy day.
 

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Health inspectors went through town pre-season and all the kitchens in Eagles, Bullwheel and Merrits had to be fully ripped out and replaced. They didn't bother doing Bullwheel probably due to costs and didn't think it worth it.
That reminds me. Sitting in eagle hawk for our late breakfast the other day and in said to Mrs skull I’m surprised the building (and the other on mountain cafes) is so poorly insulated with single pane windows and breezy doors. I’m guessing it’s just how it was built originally and they’ve not thought too much about spending money to renovate.
 

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That reminds me. Sitting in eagle hawk for our late breakfast the other day and in said to Mrs skull I’m surprised the building (and the other on mountain cafes) is so poorly insulated with single pane windows and breezy doors. I’m guessing it’s just how it was built originally and they’ve not thought too much about spending money to renovate.
Eagles Nest. It is the original top station of the Crackenback Chair. What you knew as the Bullwheel Restaurant (downstairs from Eagles Nest Restaurant) was where you skied off the chair inside the building and skied out a doorway on the left hand side out into the Basin.
 
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Speaking with the previous proprietors Eagle's Nest and Bullwheel are chilly in the early part of the season. Once the snow drift builds up in the lee of the building it actually helps to insulate the place and both areas warm up.

Kareela went from Sonya to Nino, who focused on the drinks side of things. He did the same at Merritts also. I think KT picked up Kareela due to the locals' opinion of the food there. They largely boycotted the place as a lunch spot, and there was continued, energetic hassling of KT management to 'do something about it'. Of course, prices went sky high as a result - the $40 burger comes to mind - but people seemed happy just to have the place back and pumping with life. Glad it's not me who has to juggle bookings v's aspirational drop-ins on a daily basis.
 
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Heritage listed.
It’s not impossible to overcome.
It’d be good if they tried.

The VT lacks … lots. It’s terribly tied to both the village and the ski slopes (or the MTB tracks in summer), especially across Kozzie, Snowgums and the Gondola). Disability access and toilets are woeful, retail frontage and capability worse, customer flow terrible and I can only image how functional the office layout is.

I think it’s be a great site for a wonderful new building that integrated the views of lower runs, lifts and village (but probably a $20m job to make it truly wonderful).
 

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Heritage listed.
I am sure they could insulate the building a bit better and still comply with any heritage requirements.

Or not, I don't know anything about that.

We almost bought a heritage listed cottage in Hobart many eons ago, needed a fair bit of work and the toilet was still an outhouse. As soon as they mentioned heritage listed I wasn't interested. Probably could have done what I wanted but sounded all too hard
 
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It’s not impossible to overcome.
It’d be good if they tried.

The VT lacks … lots. It’s terribly tied to both the village and the ski slopes (or the MTB tracks in summer), especially across Kozzie, Snowgums and the Gondola). Disability access and toilets are woeful, retail frontage and capability worse, customer flow terrible and I can only image how functional the office layout is.

I think it’s be a great site for a wonderful new building that integrated the views of lower runs, lifts and village (but probably a $20m job to make it truly wonderful).
I'm not sure how much they can actually do about VT given the space constraints and heritage listing, and I'm not sure Event is that willing to spend money on it after they get all the lift upgrades done. Snowgums alone will cost them a fortune, and Gunbarrel and Cruiser won't be cheap either. Plus they've got to replace Merritts Mountain House, which has been consistently packed all day both days I've been here so far.

Then again, certain changes like relocating the maintenance sheds and paving across to the Snowgums load shouldn't be too hard or expensive, and would do wonders for skier movements. It could also provide more space for shops/cafes. Anything involving the VT building becomes a lot more complicated.

Somewhat unrelated but I'm of the opinion that there should be a ramen place somewhere on the mountain, maybe near the Bunnywalk mid. It'd be cheap, filling, easy to make with minimal staff, wouldn't require a large kitchen so the building would take up a very small area, and could operate all year round. Easy way for KT to make more money, and would create some needed diversity in the food options available. Don't get me wrong, I like the existing options, but sometimes you feel like something cheap that isn't hot dogs or nachos
 

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SAP... https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov....s/2022/Snowy_SAP_Masterplan_FINAL_revised.pdf

12.2 Historic heritage
The region known as the Monaro was first accessed
by Europeans in 1823 when Currie and Ovens crossed
the Bredbo River and noted the rolling grassy plains
to the south. Tourism was a major source of growth
in the region from 1909 when the area became a
popular destination for trout fishing after brown and
rainbow trout were introduced into the local streams.
The establishment of Perisher Blue (established from
1939) and Thredbo skiing resorts (post 1957) resulted
in further growth of the town for tourism purposes.
The Precincts-Regional SEPP lists places that have
been assessed as having local heritage values and are
protected by the Heritage Act 1977.
Aims
Ensure historic heritage places are protected,
maintained and enhanced.
• Identify areas where future development should
not occur due to historic significance.
• Ensure that development adjacent to heritage
items complements, is designed and is sited to
protect the heritage significance of the item and
its setting.
• Identify where developments could take place
while conserving historic values.
• Ensure the broader heritage values such as the
character of each alpine village is conserved.
• Determine how historic heritage can be
incorporated into the ‘visitor experience’ of the
region.
Performance Criteria
A. Development in areas defined as ‘disturbed
land’ can occur without further historic heritage
investigation however must consider neighbouring
heritage items and broader heritage values.
B. Development on land where a heritage item is
situated, that is a heritage item or is on land
adjacent to a heritage item must prepare a
statement of heritage impact.
C. Development in areas defined as ‘high risk’
or ‘moderate risk’ requires further heritage
assessment where the development is likely to
materially have a major affect on a heritage item
or its value. Development is considered to have a
materially major affect if it involves:
i. the full or partial demolition of a building.
ii. major alterations or additions.
iii. major adverse impacts, such as the removal
of significant fabric, obscuring key views or
dominating a heritage item, or the removal of
evidence of significant historical associations;
and
iv. impact to significant archaeological deposits.
D. Development in areas defined as ‘high risk’
or ‘moderate risk’ requires further heritage
assessment where the development is likely to
materially have a minor affect on a heritage item or
value. Development is considered to have a minor
affect if it involves (but is not limited to):
i. repairs or restoration to fabric.
ii. installation of fire safety equipment.
iii. installation of disabled access.
iv. replacement of awnings, balconies, etc.
v. installation of signage or fencing.
vi. excavation of areas without archaeological
potential.
vii. erection of temporary structures.
viii. installation of safety and security equipment.
E. Where development is likely to materially have a
major effect on a heritage item or value, further
heritage assessment is required. This heritage
assessment includes:
i. a visual inspection to determine the existing
heritage values.
ii. an archaeological assessment (if appropriate).
iii. preparation of a statement of heritage impact.
237

F. Where development will have minor effect on a
heritage item or value, a heritage assessment may
be required. This heritage assessment may include:
a visual inspection to determine the existing
heritage values.
i. an archaeological assessment (if appropriate).
ii. use of a previously prepared heritage study if
applicable.
G. Development that is likely to have a materially
major or minor effect on a heritage item or its value
must:
i. identify the impacts to the heritage values of an
item or place.
ii. demonstrate the need for the impact and
how alternatives to the impact have been
considered.
iii. demonstrate how the adverse impacts will be
minimised or mitigated.
H. Development adjacent to a heritage item should
ensure impacts to the heritage item are minimised,
including through the provision of appropriate
curtilages. There may be opportunities to reduce
the curtilage to some heritage items if it can be
demonstrated the development will not have a
significant impact on the heritage item or its value.
I. Heritage items must be used for purposes that
are appropriate to their heritage significance,
including adaptive re-use where appropriate.
J. Development is to ensure long-term heritage
conservation outcomes are retained or interpreted
to reflect the history of heritage items and places.
K. Development should through redevelopment or
upgrades remove inappropriate or unsympathetic
alterations and additions to heritage items and
reinstate significant missing details and building
elements, where possible.
Consideration for future stages of development
• A strategy for the re-use of heritage listed
buildings and principles for the design of heritage
curtilages that should be provided.
• If heritage listed items are being integrated
as part of a broader development scheme,
design guidance for how new development or
redevelopments can sympathetically respond to
heritage listed items.
• Design guidance for development in the Alpine
Precinct that sympathetically responds to,
acknowledges and strengthens the heritage
values and natural landscape of the site. This
should incorporate best practice guidance
from the Design Guide for Heritage prepared
by the Heritage Council of NSW and the NSW
Government Architect.
• A Heritage Management Plan that includes:
– how historic heritage areas will be integrated
with areas of high ecological value and green
connections
– protocol for unexpected finds during
construction.
238
 

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I'm not sure how much they can actually do about VT given the space constraints and heritage listing, and I'm not sure Event is that willing to spend money on it after they get all the lift upgrades done. Snowgums alone will cost them a fortune, and Gunbarrel and Cruiser won't be cheap either. Plus they've got to replace Merritts Mountain House, which has been consistently packed all day both days I've been here so far.

Then again, certain changes like relocating the maintenance sheds and paving across to the Snowgums load shouldn't be too hard or expensive, and would do wonders for skier movements. It could also provide more space for shops/cafes. Anything involving the VT building becomes a lot more complicated.

Somewhat unrelated but I'm of the opinion that there should be a ramen place somewhere on the mountain, maybe near the Bunnywalk mid. It'd be cheap, filling, easy to make with minimal staff, wouldn't require a large kitchen so the building would take up a very small area, and could operate all year round. Easy way for KT to make more money, and would create some needed diversity in the food options available. Don't get me wrong, I like the existing options, but sometimes you feel like something cheap that isn't hot dogs or nachos
Ramen would be great if done properly but by KT would surely be $40 a serve LOL

There is a good mobile ramen Hutte over the other side from time to time that does good ramen though I hear;)
 
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Just because something has a heritage listing doesn’t mean it has to slowly rot into the ground, or even stay static.

There’s a heap of ways to work with heritage constrains.

Personally I think it’d be best managed by removing it, but I accept that’s not going to be a universal view LOL
What exactly is the reason it’s heritage listed? It doesn’t strike me as a piece of architecture worth preserving forever, full stop. I’m not seeing it has any historical significance either, to the level the building has to sit there forever.

Denman? Sure. Seidler House Thredbo (or Lend Lease House or whatever it’s called)? 150%. Most or all of the lodges built within the stone, wood and corro iron architectural rules prevailing until recently? 100+%. Silver Brumby? Same. Lots.

But not that one. I don’t get it.
 
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I'm not sure how much they can actually do about VT given the space constraints and heritage listing, and I'm not sure Event is that willing to spend money on it after they get all the lift upgrades done. Snowgums alone will cost them a fortune, and Gunbarrel and Cruiser won't be cheap either. Plus they've got to replace Merritts Mountain House, which has been consistently packed all day both days I've been here so far.
They can afford it.

From the 2003 FY to 2022 MY period inclusive, Thredbo has made profits of ~$295m for Event. Over the last 5.5 FY's, Thredbo has pulled in a cool ~$116m profit.

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The Heritage listing and it’s effect on what can be done depends on the statement of Heritage effect.

I have not read the statement on the Thredbo Buildings but would guess it’s only the external elements which would be of interest.
 

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This is SAP, it is not a statement of Heritage effect. Each building will have its own report outlining what is of interest and why, this will then be used by a Heritage Officer to write specific planing requirements for that building.

Untele Zac in her previous role worked in a few for Kosci but not in Thredbo.
 

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Sorry, to clarify in the Heritage listing each building will have an assessment completed outlining the specific values that need to be retained.

When a developer wants to develop they complete a statement of heritage effect or impact statement.

This is used to assess the development proposal against the heritage criteria.
 
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They can afford it.

From the 2003 FY to 2022 MY period inclusive, Thredbo has made profits of ~$295m for Event. Over the last 5.5 FY's, Thredbo has pulled in a cool ~$116m profit.

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Yeah, they can afford it, but the real question is do they want to spend the money. If they can get away with not spending the money they won't do anything
 
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Just back from a week at Thredbo. Ate at 10 different places across the week - 3 for Lunch and 7 for Dinner.

Normally Black Sallees would have been on the list of places I went to, as it was my lunch spot of choice. However with the severely reduced menu this year, I couldn't justify a visit and instead ended up off mountain at Central Road for Lunch instead on the days I would have previously been at Black Sallees. Very disappointing.

Lunch
Kareela
Across my group we ended up with three seperate bookings at Kareela, so across 8 days of skiing was lucky enough to end up there three times.

Kareela undoubtedly is home to the best food on the mountain Further up the thread I have posted some pics of the menu from this year. Despite the reduced menu, the food was still excellent. They are doing daily specials in addition to the menu, which on two occasions was a Lamb Shoulder and the third occasion was a Beef Brisket. Across my visits I had the Jagerschnitzel, Pork Knuckle and Lamb Shoulder special, all of which I enjoyed. Prices are what you expect.

Shayne is the manager this year. The service he and his team provided was excellent across all three visits. I actually think the overall service was better this year than under the previous manager who I personally found cold and impersonal, but the old manager definitely ran a tighter ship. We usually had to wait 10-15 minutes past our arrival time to be seated this year, on one occasion our booked table hadn't even been set up yet past our booking time.

Central Road 2625
Central Road 2625 became my groups new standard lunch spot this trip, replacing Black Sallees. We ate there 4 times for lunch across our 8 days on the mountain. Although it is a bit annoying having to come off the snow each day for lunch as opposed to eating on the mountain, with what Thredbo had on offer this season it seemed like the best option for proper food.

All of the dishes I tried were great. The Pork Belly was my favourite, excellent serving with a nice sauce and salad. I also had the Dumplings, Ramen and Chicken which were all fantastic as well. Service was always quick and friendly.

Highly recommend trying this place out for lunch if you don't mind coming off the hill. The breakfast menu also looked pretty good, but as I don't eat Breakfast (one of the reasons I want a proper meal for lunch) I can't comment on the quality.

Merritts Mountain House
Made the mistake of coming here for lunch once. Won't be making that mistake again. Overcrowded, overpriced, inedible food. Just don't bother unless you are desperate. Avalanche does better fries and burgers. Woolworths does better salads.

Dinner
Burger Bar
We didn't end up actually ordering any burgers here, but the food overall is pretty decent so the non burger options are quite nice. I had the ribs which I have enjoyed in previous seasons and they didn't disappoint.

The service was a bit slow and disjointed. Half my groups drinks were left on the bar for 10 minutes after the first lot got delivered and we had to ask about them twice before someone brought them over. One person ordered a salad with chicken that came out with no chicken.

The Denman
The Denman was excellent, as always. Instead of having a reduced menu it appears they have instead reduced the number of people that they seat inside the restaurant, which made for a nice change to some of the more reduced offerings available elsewhere.

We shared the prawns as an entree, which were absolutely delicious. I honestly could have had them as a main. I had the ragu pasta for mains, which was nice but very rich.

The service was top notch, and the ambiance was nice. Would recommend.

Bernitis

Bernitis was probably the most disappointing place we ate at for dinner across the week. As upstairs was closed we ate downstairs.

The food was ok, not great. I had the steak, which was very average for $50. My brother had the fried rice, which he said was highly disappointing and didn't finish. We waited over 45 minutes for dessert to come out, after they forgot to come and take our dessert orders.

Maybe it was a bad week, but with both the food and service being a bit off I wouldn't be rushing back.

Alfresco Pizzeria

Pizza is good, as usual. Got a large Margarita and a large Hawaiian to share between 3 people and we had leftovers.

They are very short staffed, so there is no dine in and there are long wait times. I had to wait an hour for pizza ordering right at 6, but I was warned of this so I went back to my apartment and came back around when it was ready. If you want something a bit quicker, best to go early.

The Pub

My rule with the pub is to show up before 5pm if you want to get a table and food quickly. We were there on Thursday night, and we were seated straight away at 4:55pm. Food came out within 20 minutes of ordering and we were out by 6pm. At that stage it was well over a half hour wait for a table.

The steak I had at the pub was better than the steak I had at Bernitis. Mum had the curry, which she really enjoyed. My brother thought the wings were too spicy. Overall not too bad, and definitely not as bad as some people make it out to be at times.

T-Bar

They had just started a new menu and new ordering system last week, but despite that T-Bar was running very smoothly.

We started off with the Calamari and Garlic Pizza, which were both delicious. For main my brother and I both had the Veal Scallopini which we thoroughly enjoyed. The servings were very generous, and good value for Thredbo.

The staff here were also great. Fast and efficient service, yet they were all so friendly. Highly recommend.

Candlelight

Saving the best for last, we managed to get a booking at Candlelight for our last night in Thredbo on Saturday. Initially they were showing as fully booked for our entire stay, but after emailing them they were able to fit us in at 5pm on the Saturday. Saturday is a great night at Candlelight, particularly if you can get a table by the window as there is a front row view for the flare run and fireworks at dusk.

The food here is also phenomenal. Started off with their lovely sourdough, which I could eat all day. For main I enjoyed the duck, and Mum loved the Salmon. We probably needed two serves of their house fries, they are just that good. For dessert we did the Chocolate Fondue, which was very generous. We got Marshmallows, Strawberries, Oranges, Kiwifruit, Banana and Grapes.

Just a note that if you want the Pork Knuckle, you needed to preorder. We got a message the morning of the booking letting us know that if we wanted it we needed to let them know by a certain time.

I cannot more highly recommend Candlelight. If you can get a booking it is a must try.
 

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Just back from a week at Thredbo. Ate at 10 different places across the week - 3 for Lunch and 7 for Dinner.

Normally Black Sallees would have been on the list of places I went to, as it was my lunch spot of choice. However with the severely reduced menu this year, I couldn't justify a visit and instead ended up off mountain at Central Road for Lunch instead on the days I would have previously been at Black Sallees. Very disappointing.

Lunch
Kareela
Across my group we ended up with three seperate bookings at Kareela, so across 8 days of skiing was lucky enough to end up there three times.

Kareela undoubtedly is home to the best food on the mountain Further up the thread I have posted some pics of the menu from this year. Despite the reduced menu, the food was still excellent. They are doing daily specials in addition to the menu, which on two occasions was a Lamb Shoulder and the third occasion was a Beef Brisket. Across my visits I had the Jagerschnitzel, Pork Knuckle and Lamb Shoulder special, all of which I enjoyed. Prices are what you expect.

Shayne is the manager this year. The service he and his team provided was excellent across all three visits. I actually think the overall service was better this year than under the previous manager who I personally found cold and impersonal, but the old manager definitely ran a tighter ship. We usually had to wait 10-15 minutes past our arrival time to be seated this year, on one occasion our booked table hadn't even been set up yet past our booking time.

Central Road 2625
Central Road 2625 became my groups new standard lunch spot this trip, replacing Black Sallees. We ate there 4 times for lunch across our 8 days on the mountain. Although it is a bit annoying having to come off the snow each day for lunch as opposed to eating on the mountain, with what Thredbo had on offer this season it seemed like the best option for proper food.

All of the dishes I tried were great. The Pork Belly was my favourite, excellent serving with a nice sauce and salad. I also had the Dumplings, Ramen and Chicken which were all fantastic as well. Service was always quick and friendly.

Highly recommend trying this place out for lunch if you don't mind coming off the hill. The breakfast menu also looked pretty good, but as I don't eat Breakfast (one of the reasons I want a proper meal for lunch) I can't comment on the quality.

Merritts Mountain House
Made the mistake of coming here for lunch once. Won't be making that mistake again. Overcrowded, overpriced, inedible food. Just don't bother unless you are desperate. Avalanche does better fries and burgers. Woolworths does better salads.

Dinner
Burger Bar
We didn't end up actually ordering any burgers here, but the food overall is pretty decent so the non burger options are quite nice. I had the ribs which I have enjoyed in previous seasons and they didn't disappoint.

The service was a bit slow and disjointed. Half my groups drinks were left on the bar for 10 minutes after the first lot got delivered and we had to ask about them twice before someone brought them over. One person ordered a salad with chicken that came out with no chicken.

The Denman
The Denman was excellent, as always. Instead of having a reduced menu it appears they have instead reduced the number of people that they seat inside the restaurant, which made for a nice change to some of the more reduced offerings available elsewhere.

We shared the prawns as an entree, which were absolutely delicious. I honestly could have had them as a main. I had the ragu pasta for mains, which was nice but very rich.

The service was top notch, and the ambiance was nice. Would recommend.

Bernitis

Bernitis was probably the most disappointing place we ate at for dinner across the week. As upstairs was closed we ate downstairs.

The food was ok, not great. I had the steak, which was very average for $50. My brother had the fried rice, which he said was highly disappointing and didn't finish. We waited over 45 minutes for dessert to come out, after they forgot to come and take our dessert orders.

Maybe it was a bad week, but with both the food and service being a bit off I wouldn't be rushing back.

Alfresco Pizzeria

Pizza is good, as usual. Got a large Margarita and a large Hawaiian to share between 3 people and we had leftovers.

They are very short staffed, so there is no dine in and there are long wait times. I had to wait an hour for pizza ordering right at 6, but I was warned of this so I went back to my apartment and came back around when it was ready. If you want something a bit quicker, best to go early.

The Pub

My rule with the pub is to show up before 5pm if you want to get a table and food quickly. We were there on Thursday night, and we were seated straight away at 4:55pm. Food came out within 20 minutes of ordering and we were out by 6pm. At that stage it was well over a half hour wait for a table.

The steak I had at the pub was better than the steak I had at Bernitis. Mum had the curry, which she really enjoyed. My brother thought the wings were too spicy. Overall not too bad, and definitely not as bad as some people make it out to be at times.

T-Bar

They had just started a new menu and new ordering system last week, but despite that T-Bar was running very smoothly.

We started off with the Calamari and Garlic Pizza, which were both delicious. For main my brother and I both had the Veal Scallopini which we thoroughly enjoyed. The servings were very generous, and good value for Thredbo.

The staff here were also great. Fast and efficient service, yet they were all so friendly. Highly recommend.

Candlelight

Saving the best for last, we managed to get a booking at Candlelight for our last night in Thredbo on Saturday. Initially they were showing as fully booked for our entire stay, but after emailing them they were able to fit us in at 5pm on the Saturday. Saturday is a great night at Candlelight, particularly if you can get a table by the window as there is a front row view for the flare run and fireworks at dusk.

The food here is also phenomenal. Started off with their lovely sourdough, which I could eat all day. For main I enjoyed the duck, and Mum loved the Salmon. We probably needed two serves of their house fries, they are just that good. For dessert we did the Chocolate Fondue, which was very generous. We got Marshmallows, Strawberries, Oranges, Kiwifruit, Banana and Grapes.

Just a note that if you want the Pork Knuckle, you needed to preorder. We got a message the morning of the booking letting us know that if we wanted it we needed to let them know by a certain time.

I cannot more highly recommend Candlelight. If you can get a booking it is a must try.
We dined in at alfresco pizzeria on Saturday with a bunch of other tables dining in too
 

LMB

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Just back from a week at Thredbo. Ate at 10 different places across the week - 3 for Lunch and 7 for Dinner.

Normally Black Sallees would have been on the list of places I went to, as it was my lunch spot of choice. However with the severely reduced menu this year, I couldn't justify a visit and instead ended up off mountain at Central Road for Lunch instead on the days I would have previously been at Black Sallees. Very disappointing.

Lunch
Kareela
Across my group we ended up with three seperate bookings at Kareela, so across 8 days of skiing was lucky enough to end up there three times.

Kareela undoubtedly is home to the best food on the mountain Further up the thread I have posted some pics of the menu from this year. Despite the reduced menu, the food was still excellent. They are doing daily specials in addition to the menu, which on two occasions was a Lamb Shoulder and the third occasion was a Beef Brisket. Across my visits I had the Jagerschnitzel, Pork Knuckle and Lamb Shoulder special, all of which I enjoyed. Prices are what you expect.

Shayne is the manager this year. The service he and his team provided was excellent across all three visits. I actually think the overall service was better this year than under the previous manager who I personally found cold and impersonal, but the old manager definitely ran a tighter ship. We usually had to wait 10-15 minutes past our arrival time to be seated this year, on one occasion our booked table hadn't even been set up yet past our booking time.

Central Road 2625
Central Road 2625 became my groups new standard lunch spot this trip, replacing Black Sallees. We ate there 4 times for lunch across our 8 days on the mountain. Although it is a bit annoying having to come off the snow each day for lunch as opposed to eating on the mountain, with what Thredbo had on offer this season it seemed like the best option for proper food.

All of the dishes I tried were great. The Pork Belly was my favourite, excellent serving with a nice sauce and salad. I also had the Dumplings, Ramen and Chicken which were all fantastic as well. Service was always quick and friendly.

Highly recommend trying this place out for lunch if you don't mind coming off the hill. The breakfast menu also looked pretty good, but as I don't eat Breakfast (one of the reasons I want a proper meal for lunch) I can't comment on the quality.

Merritts Mountain House
Made the mistake of coming here for lunch once. Won't be making that mistake again. Overcrowded, overpriced, inedible food. Just don't bother unless you are desperate. Avalanche does better fries and burgers. Woolworths does better salads.

Dinner
Burger Bar
We didn't end up actually ordering any burgers here, but the food overall is pretty decent so the non burger options are quite nice. I had the ribs which I have enjoyed in previous seasons and they didn't disappoint.

The service was a bit slow and disjointed. Half my groups drinks were left on the bar for 10 minutes after the first lot got delivered and we had to ask about them twice before someone brought them over. One person ordered a salad with chicken that came out with no chicken.

The Denman
The Denman was excellent, as always. Instead of having a reduced menu it appears they have instead reduced the number of people that they seat inside the restaurant, which made for a nice change to some of the more reduced offerings available elsewhere.

We shared the prawns as an entree, which were absolutely delicious. I honestly could have had them as a main. I had the ragu pasta for mains, which was nice but very rich.

The service was top notch, and the ambiance was nice. Would recommend.

Bernitis
Bernitis was probably the most disappointing place we ate at for dinner across the week. As upstairs was closed we ate downstairs.

The food was ok, not great. I had the steak, which was very average for $50. My brother had the fried rice, which he said was highly disappointing and didn't finish. We waited over 45 minutes for dessert to come out, after they forgot to come and take our dessert orders.

Maybe it was a bad week, but with both the food and service being a bit off I wouldn't be rushing back.

Alfresco Pizzeria
Pizza is good, as usual. Got a large Margarita and a large Hawaiian to share between 3 people and we had leftovers.

They are very short staffed, so there is no dine in and there are long wait times. I had to wait an hour for pizza ordering right at 6, but I was warned of this so I went back to my apartment and came back around when it was ready. If you want something a bit quicker, best to go early.

The Pub
My rule with the pub is to show up before 5pm if you want to get a table and food quickly. We were there on Thursday night, and we were seated straight away at 4:55pm. Food came out within 20 minutes of ordering and we were out by 6pm. At that stage it was well over a half hour wait for a table.

The steak I had at the pub was better than the steak I had at Bernitis. Mum had the curry, which she really enjoyed. My brother thought the wings were too spicy. Overall not too bad, and definitely not as bad as some people make it out to be at times.

T-Bar
They had just started a new menu and new ordering system last week, but despite that T-Bar was running very smoothly.

We started off with the Calamari and Garlic Pizza, which were both delicious. For main my brother and I both had the Veal Scallopini which we thoroughly enjoyed. The servings were very generous, and good value for Thredbo.

The staff here were also great. Fast and efficient service, yet they were all so friendly. Highly recommend.

Candlelight
Saving the best for last, we managed to get a booking at Candlelight for our last night in Thredbo on Saturday. Initially they were showing as fully booked for our entire stay, but after emailing them they were able to fit us in at 5pm on the Saturday. Saturday is a great night at Candlelight, particularly if you can get a table by the window as there is a front row view for the flare run and fireworks at dusk.

The food here is also phenomenal. Started off with their lovely sourdough, which I could eat all day. For main I enjoyed the duck, and Mum loved the Salmon. We probably needed two serves of their house fries, they are just that good. For dessert we did the Chocolate Fondue, which was very generous. We got Marshmallows, Strawberries, Oranges, Kiwifruit, Banana and Grapes.

Just a note that if you want the Pork Knuckle, you needed to preorder. We got a message the morning of the booking letting us know that if we wanted it we needed to let them know by a certain time.

I cannot more highly recommend Candlelight. If you can get a booking it is a must try.
I had the wings at the pub last night, and yes they’re too spicy. I ate half of what came out, so the serving size was way too generous for me also (and that was dinner for me - not a starter). You could easily drop the spice back a bit and offer a bottle of hot sauce for those who prefer to leave with their mouth on fire.

Family members had the curry and the squid and had empty plates and no complaints.
 

Legs Akimbo

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What exactly is the reason it’s heritage listed? It doesn’t strike me as a piece of architecture worth preserving forever, full stop. I’m not seeing it has any historical significance either, to the level the building has to sit there forever.

Denman? Sure. Seidler House Thredbo (or Lend Lease House or whatever it’s called)? 150%. Most or all of the lodges built within the stone, wood and corro iron architectural rules prevailing until recently? 100+%. Silver Brumby? Same. Lots.

But not that one. I don’t get it.
From experience renovating a lodge years ago I know that anything over 25? years old in the park has a default heritage listing. That is the starting point and it is up to the developer to deal with the problem.
 

Alleve

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Just back from a week at Thredbo. Ate at 10 different places across the week - 3 for Lunch and 7 for Dinner.

Normally Black Sallees would have been on the list of places I went to, as it was my lunch spot of choice. However with the severely reduced menu this year, I couldn't justify a visit and instead ended up off mountain at Central Road for Lunch instead on the days I would have previously been at Black Sallees. Very disappointing.

Lunch
Kareela
Across my group we ended up with three seperate bookings at Kareela, so across 8 days of skiing was lucky enough to end up there three times.

Kareela undoubtedly is home to the best food on the mountain Further up the thread I have posted some pics of the menu from this year. Despite the reduced menu, the food was still excellent. They are doing daily specials in addition to the menu, which on two occasions was a Lamb Shoulder and the third occasion was a Beef Brisket. Across my visits I had the Jagerschnitzel, Pork Knuckle and Lamb Shoulder special, all of which I enjoyed. Prices are what you expect.

Shayne is the manager this year. The service he and his team provided was excellent across all three visits. I actually think the overall service was better this year than under the previous manager who I personally found cold and impersonal, but the old manager definitely ran a tighter ship. We usually had to wait 10-15 minutes past our arrival time to be seated this year, on one occasion our booked table hadn't even been set up yet past our booking time.

Central Road 2625
Central Road 2625 became my groups new standard lunch spot this trip, replacing Black Sallees. We ate there 4 times for lunch across our 8 days on the mountain. Although it is a bit annoying having to come off the snow each day for lunch as opposed to eating on the mountain, with what Thredbo had on offer this season it seemed like the best option for proper food.

All of the dishes I tried were great. The Pork Belly was my favourite, excellent serving with a nice sauce and salad. I also had the Dumplings, Ramen and Chicken which were all fantastic as well. Service was always quick and friendly.

Highly recommend trying this place out for lunch if you don't mind coming off the hill. The breakfast menu also looked pretty good, but as I don't eat Breakfast (one of the reasons I want a proper meal for lunch) I can't comment on the quality.

Merritts Mountain House
Made the mistake of coming here for lunch once. Won't be making that mistake again. Overcrowded, overpriced, inedible food. Just don't bother unless you are desperate. Avalanche does better fries and burgers. Woolworths does better salads.

Dinner
Burger Bar
We didn't end up actually ordering any burgers here, but the food overall is pretty decent so the non burger options are quite nice. I had the ribs which I have enjoyed in previous seasons and they didn't disappoint.

The service was a bit slow and disjointed. Half my groups drinks were left on the bar for 10 minutes after the first lot got delivered and we had to ask about them twice before someone brought them over. One person ordered a salad with chicken that came out with no chicken.

The Denman
The Denman was excellent, as always. Instead of having a reduced menu it appears they have instead reduced the number of people that they seat inside the restaurant, which made for a nice change to some of the more reduced offerings available elsewhere.

We shared the prawns as an entree, which were absolutely delicious. I honestly could have had them as a main. I had the ragu pasta for mains, which was nice but very rich.

The service was top notch, and the ambiance was nice. Would recommend.

Bernitis

Bernitis was probably the most disappointing place we ate at for dinner across the week. As upstairs was closed we ate downstairs.

The food was ok, not great. I had the steak, which was very average for $50. My brother had the fried rice, which he said was highly disappointing and didn't finish. We waited over 45 minutes for dessert to come out, after they forgot to come and take our dessert orders.

Maybe it was a bad week, but with both the food and service being a bit off I wouldn't be rushing back.

Alfresco Pizzeria

Pizza is good, as usual. Got a large Margarita and a large Hawaiian to share between 3 people and we had leftovers.

They are very short staffed, so there is no dine in and there are long wait times. I had to wait an hour for pizza ordering right at 6, but I was warned of this so I went back to my apartment and came back around when it was ready. If you want something a bit quicker, best to go early.

The Pub

My rule with the pub is to show up before 5pm if you want to get a table and food quickly. We were there on Thursday night, and we were seated straight away at 4:55pm. Food came out within 20 minutes of ordering and we were out by 6pm. At that stage it was well over a half hour wait for a table.

The steak I had at the pub was better than the steak I had at Bernitis. Mum had the curry, which she really enjoyed. My brother thought the wings were too spicy. Overall not too bad, and definitely not as bad as some people make it out to be at times.

T-Bar

They had just started a new menu and new ordering system last week, but despite that T-Bar was running very smoothly.

We started off with the Calamari and Garlic Pizza, which were both delicious. For main my brother and I both had the Veal Scallopini which we thoroughly enjoyed. The servings were very generous, and good value for Thredbo.

The staff here were also great. Fast and efficient service, yet they were all so friendly. Highly recommend.

Candlelight

Saving the best for last, we managed to get a booking at Candlelight for our last night in Thredbo on Saturday. Initially they were showing as fully booked for our entire stay, but after emailing them they were able to fit us in at 5pm on the Saturday. Saturday is a great night at Candlelight, particularly if you can get a table by the window as there is a front row view for the flare run and fireworks at dusk.

The food here is also phenomenal. Started off with their lovely sourdough, which I could eat all day. For main I enjoyed the duck, and Mum loved the Salmon. We probably needed two serves of their house fries, they are just that good. For dessert we did the Chocolate Fondue, which was very generous. We got Marshmallows, Strawberries, Oranges, Kiwifruit, Banana and Grapes.

Just a note that if you want the Pork Knuckle, you needed to preorder. We got a message the morning of the booking letting us know that if we wanted it we needed to let them know by a certain time.

I cannot more highly recommend Candlelight. If you can get a booking it is a must try.
I go to the Burger Bar everytime I'm in thredbo because I like the food and I like to chat to the owner. Last time I went was summer this year and talking to the owner he was telling us about staffing struggles and how it's incredibly difficult to get enough staff, let alone skilled staff who can be trained well enough. The thing that prompted the conversation was that a member of my group ordered a burger with an alteration to it, and the burger came out without the alteration. To be fair, once we told them about the error they worked to fix it immediately.

Certainly the service has slipped back over the last couple years but the same is true of pretty much everywhere, and I don't really blame them for it. Full credit to the owner given that he's out there on the floor managing the place every night.

I'm going back tomorrow evening and I'll be interested to hear his take on Black Sallees being bought by KT
 
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