This bar & grill seemed to us to be about the only restaurant opened in Strahan after 6pm in non-peak season. There were menus, but they didn't include the specials which were written above the counter... it annoyed me that you couldn't sit down and read the specials, so I ordered from the main menu.
The food was decent, but the service was below average. The lady who took our order took awhile to get it right and we couldn't get anyone to come by and bring us more water. But what can you do when no where else is open? :)
Favorite Dish: I can't even remember what I ate here, but I think it was a pasta dish that was fine. My mom had a vegetable fritata sort of thing that was pretty good.
One of the few sit down restaurants in Strahan that was open in August was Hamer's Hotel Bar and Grill. It must be tough to get a real quality place to stay open there in a town of only 500 people, and it showed in the meal here.
I had one of the specials, the chili prawns and I was less than impressed. It was decent food, but the restaurant itself had zero ambiance, and the waitstaff was slow and for the most part incapable of working the register much less being good hosts.
I would definitely recommend eating elsewhere.
With Strahan being such a small town, some businesses that focus on morning goods such as bread, coffee, and juices for customers about to get on a day cruise need ways to keep business coming in until closing time.
Since the cruise comes in around 3pm, Banjo's makes a special meal deal a couple hours later hoping that people will come in for dinner before they close after shopping in the local stores.
At 5pm, they offer 2 for 1 pizza specials, which is a pretty good deal considering they are $19 AUD a piece. I guess they could just make the price 11 or 12 dollars and not have to run the deal!
Oh well, play the game and place your order at exactly 5pm and enjoy!
Favorite Dish: The pepperoni pizza was really good!
Banjos is a chain of bakeries that can be found in many towns throughout Australia and it's good to see that you can get a reasonable pie here; at least tourists can get to sample some real Aussie tucker!
Favorite Dish: I tried the scallop pie. It's nice but I certainly would rate it above many other pies I've eaten throughout Australia thought it's definitely in the top half.
Banjo's was one of the few places open in Strahan before we went on our 9am cruise. It is a great spot to get a coffee and pastry for breakfast... or they have a full breakfast. Also, if you are hungry when you get back, there is a special 2 for 1 pizza deal after 5pm - but they close at 6, so get there early if you want to have dinner here!
Favorite Dish: We had a chicken pizza that was really tasty! They had a nice selection of pizzas that all sounded good!
Don't need me to tell you what this place serves right? (grin) It's a fish-&-chips joint, duh. Nothing much in the way of decor. They do try to go for a maritime look that made the place looked like ship trying to get its way into a kitchen. Nonetheless, still a good place to grab a quick bite (or if you are a big lover of fish) and a drink.
They serve hamburgers, souvlakis and ice-cream as well and they cater to takeaways too.
Favorite Dish: I had the fish & chips. Not too bad, just a tad oily. But the fish definitely tasted fresh.
It was just 1 night in Strahan so me & my mate decided to treat ourselves to a good dinner at this far end of Tasmania. Where better than the Hamers Grill at the Hamer Hotels on the Esplanade? We managed to catch a table next to the window and we had the view of the harbour (and the gathering storm clouds) as a companion. Wonderful! The entire place was done up in wood with a fireplace, so it was quite charming. Service was warm and the food served reasonably quickly. It was delicious as well. The place was packed at dinnertime, so there was plenty of chatter in the air.
Favorite Dish: I had the surf & turf. Not too bad and not too expensive as well!