Every now and then I am totally blown away when I find a seriously trendy joint out in the burbs. And I'm even more blown away when that joint is inside the local RSL Club. Little Munchers let me introduce you to Easy Lane. A place that could easily be at home in the inner city, but actually has its roots firmly planted inside the Windsor RSL Club.
The Windsor RSL can actually be found in South Windsor on Argyle St. There is loads of parking and access into the Club and also into Easy Lane, which is also very easy with a pram. Being a Club you will need to sign in if you are not a member. Easy Lane is accessed via a laneway down the side of the Club, just past the main reception area when you enter. During busy periods a hostess is at the front door checking to see if you have a reservation or not. We visited for an early mid week dinner, and whilst the place was relatively empty when we first arrived, by the time we left it was packed to the rafters with local families and the after work crowd. So I suggest you make a booking if you are arriving at peak times or are going to dine on the weekend.
As you walk down the laneway and into the "beer garden" space that is Easy Lane, I guarantee you that you will be amazed by the coolness of this space. The fit out is brilliant. With loads of greenery, recycled furniture, quirky wall hangings and industrial style lighting, the hipster in all of you will feel right at home! There are high chairs available for hip little bottoms, and you will also find space to park your pram near your table. If you need to use the toilet facilites, there is a disabled loo just outside the opposite side of Easy Lane to where you entered. The loo is very spacious but doesn't include a baby change table.
One of the really friendly members of staff will seat you when you arrive - there ain't no inner city attitude in the wait staff out here that's for sure. Our lovely waitress explained the menu to us, and also produced some colouring in to keep our young lads occupied. Once you have chosen your food, you pop up to the cashier area and order your meals. Then you pop over to the big bar to order your drinkie poos. Easy Lane is becoming very popular for their imaginative cocktail list and they also have some delicious sounding mocktails for all the pregnant ladies out there! Beer lovers will rejoice with the huge selection of craft beers available, and winos will appreciate the very decent wine list. Kids can sip on table water, or soft drinks and juices are available at the bar.
Easy Lane has an Ankle Biters menu and the best bit is that if you dine Mon - Wed, kids eat for free if you are a member (social membership is dirt cheap at $5/year, so it definitely makes it worthwhile joining up). The kids menu is fairly standard (ham & pineapple pizza, nugget & chips, fish cocktails & chips, or penne pasta with meatballs) and it will cost you $14 if you aren't a member or $12 if you are. Whilst the prices may be a tad on the high side, the kidlets do receive a mini gelato cone with their meal - and you pick these up from the bar with a little docket you are given when you place your order.
The main menu at Easy Lane is massive - there's almost too much choice and as a result we just went with sharing plates because everything sounds so tempting. Gourmet pizzas, hearty pies, trendy salads, burgers, steaks, ribs - you name it, it's on the menu! Most dietary requirements are aslo covered - from pescartarians to omnivores and everything in between. And sugar addicts will love the dessert menu - Peanut Butter Jelly Pizza anyone?? The Easy Lane Chicken Wings are finger lickin good, but they may have you breathing fire by the time you have munched on a few. They are accompanied by a pot of blue cheese dip and celery sticks to help sedate your palate. And the Antispasto Plate for 2 is full of lots of delicious cured meats and pickled vegies, as well as a few dips. I think it was also meant to have cheese on the board but it was MIA from ours (although there wasn't much room to put anything else on it!), and I also would have loved a bit more bread as I'm a total carb hog when it comes to sharing plates!
Since we dined at Easy Lane, I have found out they hold sessions specifically for Mummas called "Mindful Mummies" and "Grateful Mummies". I think they are like a big group therapy kind of gathering for us Mums where they host professionals to chat about all things health and well being - how fabulous does that sound! These sessions are FREE and you also receive a "huge" goodie bag (you must book a seat in advance). So my gorgeous Little Munch Mums, how about we all go to the next one together, and perhaps we can even treat ourselves to a sneaky little cocktail or two??
Just to let you know, if you aren't into uber trendy dining settings like Easy Lane, the Windsor RSL has a cafe (Cafe Latte) where you can grab a coffee from 10am each day. And there is also Bistro 36, where the meals are a little more friendly on the wallet (kids meals are $11 and inc. ice cream). During the school holidays the Club normally has a special entertainment show on for kidlets in their auditorium too.
36 Argyle St, Windsor NSW
Lunch & Dinner 7 days