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how mutch are the meals compaired to mainland

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The meals are more expensive in comparison to the mainland in that the quality is generally poor, the portions small and service amateurish. The RSL is ok but more expensive than mainland clubs. The Olive had good food and "normal portions" but was the equilivant price of a "good" mainland restaurant, not a cafe.

If you want to do your own thing there is very little to choose from and milk for example is $6.60/litre if you want a reasonable cuppa instead of the horrible UHT stuff.

If you go to Norfolk it is for the history, diving and other water based experiences not the meals.

Moreton Island...
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I agree with Oz, the meals cost a bit more than Brisbane and the quality wasn't the best. but we loved Norfolk and visited every historic site on the island. It is great for anyone who loves history.

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We were on Norfolk a couple of years ago, so don't know if certain eating places are still going. We were told the Bowling Club bistro would be great. We went - will never return. You can actually hear the microwave pinging as they reheat the pre-cooked food! Some steak Bar (Billy's Bobbies?) was good value as was a Thai restaurant up a side lane - very good food and as it was buffet style you ate what you wanted. Also a pizza place - looked a bit like a swiss chalet - was good value. We were also directed (by the manager where we were staying) to a special fish and chip cafe - tiny portions!

Beware the local meals in houses. We went to a Murder/Mystery evening. Awful food and not much in the way of entertainiment - in that we were the actors - very expensive for what it was.

On other hand you have to understand that all fruit/vegesare grown on island so if they don't grow it it isn't there!

Norfolk Island
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Hi neilmillar,

Meals on Norfolk are comparable to mainland meals - some are excellent, some are good, some not so good, some you would rather not.

However I gather that you are asking because you would like to get the 'excellent and good' and avoid the rest. The following is my rating on cuisine, service, value for money and restaurant ambience.

Excellent on all counts at the moment in my book goes to: Dino's of Bumboras, Hilli Restaurant, Governor's Bailey's Restaurant, Mariah's Restaurant, Cafe Mokka & The Golden Orb

Good value all round: Stefano's, Norfolk Blue Restaurant, Barney Duffy's, Seaworld, Colonial Chinese, Chom Cha Ba, Bounty Lodge Resaurant, Tempo, The Olive &The Leagues Club.

With the above list you will be spoilt for choice and with prices - Cafe prices are pretty much the same as you would find on mainland, but with the Restaurants, you will win out because for somewhere like Dino's or those listed in my Excellent suggestions - will find gourmet fine dining with organic cuisine that you would pay up to double in a similar boutique restaurant setting on mainland.

Of course, if you want to find your own way and live to tell the tale... that is your prerogative.

Regards, Astrawan.

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