I've been into a few RSLs in my 40 ish years on this crazy planet and they always have some sort of small shrine of remembrance at the entrance to those that have fallen serving our great nation. But the Ingleburn RSL is different, they have taken their commemoration to a whole different level. When we arrived we drove past a beautiful remembrance park as we entered the car park. This peaceful garden sanctuary pays tribute to fallen diggers and it contains memorial plaques, lovely garden beds and quiet spots to sit and pay respect. It also has its very own camouflage tank which will no doubt fascinate a few kids (young or old). Then when you walk into foyer of the RSL you immediately see the striking "Lest We Forget" shrine which makes you stop and think about how fortunate we are that so many brave man and women have, and still are, laying down their lives so that we can enjoy a peaceful Sunday lunch with our loved ones in such a family friendly environment as the Ingleburn RSL Club.
After being warmly greeted by the door staff we made our way into the dining area of the RSL. We walked past the very pretty cafe where you can have a coffee and light snack 7 days a week. This is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend for a quiet chat. The feminine green and white decor is a stand out and if I wasn't with the boys I would have loved to spend some time there enjoying a coffee and a read of the weekly trash magazines. We were however on a mission to road test the menu at the RSL's Salute Restaurant.
Salute is like any typical club bistro. There are loads of tables and chairs of various sizes, suitable for catch ups with small, medium or large groups of friends and family. There is easy access for prams and enough space to park them near your table. High chairs are readily available and the toilet facilities are at the back of the dining area. There is enough space for kids to wander around and there are some of those machines that want all of your gold coins in the off chance that your kids can work out how to use the claw to pick out a sponge bob hot-pants from the pile ugly looking soft toys.
Of an evening kids have their very own space to hang out in whilst you enjoy your meal. The Chill Zone is located right next to the dining areas and it is absolutely FREE. There are comfy areas for kids to sit and play or just to escape their embarrassing parents, colouring in tables, X box games, TVs and more. You can see into the Chill Zone at all times as the area is made out of glass, so if your little one is about to do something naughty you can go and intervene, or not, totally up to you. My lads can be real little brats at times, so I probably shouldn't be handing out any parenting advice.
The kids menu at Salute is excellent value. For $9.00 kids receive a meal, an activity pack and an icy pole if they eat all of their meal! Before you ask, yes the menu is made up of the usual suspects - nuggets & chips, tempura fish & chips, spaghetti bolognese, sausages & chips, cheese burger & chips and of course schnitzel & chips. The portion sizes are decent, my 6 yr old couldn't get through his bowl of spag bol. You receive the activity packs as soon as you pay for your meal and on your receipt it is printed that you are entitled to two free icy poles - either a paddle pop or an icy twist. When the kids are finished their meal you take the receipt up to the friendly staff at the cafe and the kids can select their icy pole out of the freezer.
They have some excellent daily specials at the Ingleburn RSL. For example on Sundays it is Family Day. A family of four can eat for $60.00. I actually didn't realise this when I ordered so we paid quite a bit more than $60.00 for our meals and drinks, however next time I will enquire to see what the T & C's are (I presume there may be a limited menu choice to qualify for the deal). Check out the Ingleburn RSL's website for all of the other daily specials.
I'm on a health kick at the moment so I choose a salad more often than not when eating out at lunch time. After eating at Salute I've learnt a major lesson - ask for the dressing on the side! My Greek Lamb Salad was huge but it was saturated in dressing. The flavour of the salad was completely lost in the lemony yoghurt dressing. What I did like, was that the seared lamb kebabs came on the side - they were perfectly seasoned and cooked. Mr Munch's Warm Prawn & Avocado salad may have been a better choice as it wasn't so heavily dressed and those big fat prawns looked oh so good. If salad isn't your thing then there are plenty of other options on Salute's menu for you - wood fired pizza, steaks, burgers, pasta, parmigianas and of course all clubs have the Carvery Roast of the Day - I was coveting one of these as I was eating my salad, as they were popular choice amongst the other diners and they smelt and looked oh so delicious.
I need to comment on the service at the Ingleburn RSL Club. We were clearly "out of towners" but we were welcomed with open arms. From the gent who greeted us when we arrived, to the ladies working in the bar, cafe and bistro, they were all so damn nice. It's been a while since we've encountered such great service from every member of staff, I almost felt like that I was back home visiting the local RSL in the country!
Before you leave the grounds of the Ingleburn RSL, make sure you take the kids over to check out the remembrance park. My little men couldn't work out why a tank was sitting in the middle of a park, so I gave them a little lesson about history and respect, and I pray to God that they will never be forced to lay down their lives for our great nation x
So Little Munchers what's your local RSL like? Do you frequent it often?
70 Chester Rd, Ingleburn NSW 2565
02 9765 7700
Open 7 days - lunch & dinner