W and I went to an Australian restaurant in Astoria, Queens yesterday called, The Thirsty Koala. Our host and waiter seemed very Australian - accent and all - but who knows, lol. W was all set to have a kangaroo burger - No, really, an actual hamburger made from kangaroo meat - but we both settled on the Ginger Beer battered Mahi & Chips. I'm not a fish fan, but this was really really good. They serve it with 3 sauce cups: one was a Thai basil yogurt, one is a sweet chili sauce, and one is ketchup. W said these were the best "chips" he'd ever had. I loved all of it. We each got an additional side with this, too. I got the roasted fennel and beets and W got the mashed kumara (sweet potato). The portion sizes are huge, which was great because we had a nice amount to bring home to B.
They serve handcrafted, organic sodas that are great. The ginger brew is a bit on the spicy, throat-burning side. It has little pieces of ginger in it. The lemon-lime was really good. The table comes with a carafe of water as well.
Didgeridoos and boomerangs are part of the decor
The Thirsty Koala uses local, natural and organic fruits, vegetables, breads, pastry, eggs and dairy products. Our meats are free range, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. Our small goods are chemical free from local artisans who cure and smoke their meats naturally. We make our own goat cheese and farmers cheeses using organic milk. By using local producers and artisans and following best practices, we are working to minimize our carbon footprint.
So thank you for eating with us and supporting our mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Austrian cuisine is next...