Outback Steakhouse, Campbell, California, USA

It was with some trepidation that it was decided that we’d head off to the Outback Steakhouse in Campbell for dinner on Friday evening. I say trepidation as I was imagining just how corny an Australian themed restaurant would be, Mark Jackson, Yahoo Serious… you get my drift.

Anyway, we made the drive from Los Gatos to the Pruneyard Shopping Centre, don’t ask me about the name as I have absolutely no idea, in Campbell to be presented with a one hour wait for a table… Us Aussies must be popular in the old US of A.

The menu was a bit of a laugh… a US menu with smatterings of Australian place and animal names in an effort to give the local food an aussie sounding name. For example, The Melbourne is just a steak, it’s a 20 ounce steak, but its still just a steak! But, you have to give them points for trying.

Despite the dodgy sounding names on the menu I will have to admit that the food was good. I went with the 14 ounce ribeye steak done medium rare with “Aussie” chips and steamed veggies and it was a struggle to finish.

BUT, there was Australian beer, you could have had a Foster’s if you wanted (Does anyone actually drink Foster’s?) but I went with one of my favs, James Boag’s Premium Lager. They also had some Coopers and Tooheys beers. A good selection for being so many kilometers, or should that be miles, from home.

All round, it was a pretty good evening, and not all that expensive at $37 a head including the ubiquitous tip.