Tips for Dining Out in Australia
Our members are spread all over the globe, and each country presents its challenges when it comes down to providing advice about dining out.
Australian chefs are not usually as open to allowing you to make substitutions on their menu. There are a few reasons for this.
It’s important to remember that the staff will gladly remove any ingredients you do not wish to have. This is important for your health and allergy. This is when you make changes to your menu that go beyond adding “a little more sauce” or “lighter on the salad dressing”, where you may run into problems.
Why Australian restaurants don’t cater to every customer’s request:
Quality guarantee. You can remove the restaurant’s quality guarantee if you alter a meal. You might leave a negative review if you aren’t satisfied with the meal or find it blander than you expected. They don’t always want to take that risk for their business.
Small kitchens are limited in their flexibility. The majority of Australian restaurants are small. Restaurants must operate efficiently to ensure a smooth service. It is important not to allow substitutions. This prevents mistakes and hold-ups in the kitchen.
Overhead and costs. It becomes difficult to keep track of costs when you make many more changes and additions to menu items. It is all about profit margin, so allowing regular substitutions make it difficult to keep track.
They are limited in the number of ingredients they can use. A strategically designed menu is essential to keep costs under control. To ensure enough dishes each day, ingredients must be carefully chosen, sourced, and purchased. This will allow for cost-effectiveness and high quality. Australia’s menus are smaller and offer fewer options for ingredients, making it less easy to create your meals.
Tipping is not a common practice in Australia. Tipping is a common practice in Australia, but it is not the main income source for restaurant workers. Because of the high minimum wage in Australia, tips are not common. Waiters also have less incentive to give customers what they want. However, they do try their best. Another consideration.
These factors will help you order great food that meets your nutritional requirements when dining out in Australia. A WAG coach can give you advice about eating out while meeting your macros.
How to order:
Keep the oil. Although it may not be obvious, many Australian dishes are garnished with olive oil. Sandwiches are usually served with butter or drizzles of oil. Ask them not to garnish with oil or add more oil.
Ask for less. Asking for less is a better way to curb overeating. Avocado toast, the most popular breakfast option, comes with a lot of avocados. Ask for less fat if you don’t need that much fat in your morning breakfast.
Ask for no. Ask the chef to keep certain ingredients off your plate. You should remember that food preparation can be a serious business. Chefs may not always agree to make your dish from scratch because there isn’t butter. For example, I asked for scrambled eggs without milk. They refused because they prepared their scrambled eggs mix before the service began and didn’t have spare eggs. This is quite common. You just have to accept it.
Vegemite is a great choice. Vegemite is a simple way to make your breakfast more manageable. Vegemite has virtually no calories. Here’s a tip for Australians: Don’t spread Vegemite too thick. It’s just a touch. This would be like putting a tablespoon of salt on your lunch and then blaming it for not tasting good.
You can also order the side. While Australian chefs won’t allow you to alter their dish in any way that makes it look different, they will happily serve the ingredients on the side. Always Ask for this as it is common for peanut butter toast to have peanut butter on it.
Choose poached. Both poached eggs and poached chicken are popular options for a protein that don’t require extra oil. (Australian chefs can poach eggs faster than any other in the world, just to be clear). Keep the oil in your hands!
Sushi rolls. Sushi can be bought in a hand-rolled form, making it easy to track and eat while on the move. This can be used as meal prep or as an energy bar. Sushi rolls are also available in Australia, filled with chicken and beef.
The pubs are wonderful. While there are many unhealthy choices on bar menus, they have some easy-to-follow menu items that can be changed easily. When you order basic pasta dishes or grilled meats with simple sauces and protein, you can’t go wrong.
Make sure to call ahead. Call ahead to inquire about ingredients and menu items. It’s possible to tell them in advance about your plans so they can prepare something delicious for you. This is something I’ve done before.
Artisan bread. Australia’s best artisan bakeries are wonderful. It’s easy to find quality grains such as sourdough. They also have excellent macros, so you can enjoy them as a delicious source of carbs.
Find restaurant suppliers. There is some great news for those who want to learn more about the ingredients. Because Australia is a small country, many restaurants use the same brands and suppliers for their meat, bread, pastry, and pantry ingredients. You’ll find that many others also use the brands used by one restaurant. This makes it easier to track your meals out.
BYO sides. BYO sides. It’s easier to request less or none of certain ingredients. Bringing your salad dressings, sauces, and vegetables may be more effective.
Food chains. Online nutritional information is available from food chains. This makes it easy to track meals at chains such as Macca’s (McDonald’s), Outback Steakhouse and Gomez Y Guzman.
There are many grocery store options. We have compiled a guide for macro-friendly Shopping at Woolworths. It lists the top grocery food items that are suitable for macros.