The Point – Taren Point, NSW

Spoiler: Don’t go here if you want a vegetarian meal. I wouldn’t want anyone to read just the first paragraph and get the wrong idea.

This is a bistro in a bowling club. We were here with a family group. The menu was huge and had a vegetarian section containing about half a dozen options. We were pleasantly surprised!

I decided I would have penne with pesto and Mel chose tomato and basil pasta. I ordered and, for my dish, the waitress wrote down “penne” so I repeated “penne pesto?”, which she confirmed. I noticed there was also penne boscaiola (or similar – too long ago to remember for sure) on the menu and that this contained bacon. I sat down and waited for my boscaiola.

My penne arrived without anything resembling pesto but complete with mushrooms and bacon. I took it back and said I wanted penne pesto and was told “yes, that is penne pesto”. I pointed to the menu and said “no, penne pesto is vegetarian, this has bacon”. “Oh! Vegetarian!” was the response. Right… we’ve got it now!

The waitress returned with a “new” dish a little while later. This time it was just penne, cream and mushrooms. It was very oily. It was not pesto but I decided to try and eat it. While eating it I discovered 2 pieces of bacon. After eating some amount of the pasta and mushrooms there was about 1cm of oil in the bottom of the bowl and I gave up in disgust. We decided they had probably picked out the bacon from the original dish and then “freshened it up” by applying a dollop of butter and popping it in the microwave.

Mel found at least 2 pieces of bacon in her vegetarian tomato and basil pasta.

This was the worst attempt at a vegetarian meal I have had in over 10 years. The waitstaff don’t know what is on their menu and they don’t understand the word “vegetarian”. Despite the vegetarian section on the menu there is no vegetarian food. The best thing I can say about the food was that I was not violently ill – I only felt queasy from eating so much grease.

Don’t eat here!

This review was written by Martin.