Rock on up to the Meredith Club in Bankstown – also home to the Lithuanian Club – and prepare for a carb-fest. Hot tip: loosen your belt after you sign in at the visitor desk.
It’s a community club so expect the usual stain-proof patterned carpet and robust wooden furniture. The décor might be a little lacking but that doesn’t stop the Lithuanian locals getting dressed up in their Sunday best. The joint is packed on a Sunday lunchtime – It feels like everyone and their grandma is here, with a few in traditional embroidered folk costumes, too.
Koldunai Lithuanian dumplings with bacon and sour cream $12.50
Balandelis cabbage roll with potatoes and mushroom sauce $12.00
Lithuanian food might have a reputation for being stodgy, but who’s complaining when there’s bacon sprinkled on everything? Balandeliai are that staple of Balkan cuisine, cabbage rolls braised until the leaves are pliable and the mince filling is juicy and tender. There’s a mushroom sauce over the top, potatoes on the side, and yep, a handful of chopped bacon for good measure, too.
Cepelinai meatballs encased in potato dough with bacon and sour cream $16
The biggest challenge is probably the cepelinai, two grey-brown footballs on the plate with a filling of minced meat inside. It’s the starchy, gluey potato dough on the outside that your palate might struggle to appreciate – even bacon can’t save this one, we’re afraid.
Inside the cepelinai meatballs encased in potato dough
Lietiniai su Mesa pancakes with meat, bacon and sour cream $13
Pancakes will make everything right with the world again. Lietiniai su mėsa is a serve of two pancakes wrapped up with minced meat and served with bacon and sour cream. We think we’re starting to see a pattern here.
Lietiniai su Varske pancakes with cottage cheese, jam and sour cream $13
Lietiniai su varške is the dessert version, filled with cottage cheese and raisins with sour cream and jam on the side. Damn. We were really hoping for more bacon.
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Meredith Club at the Lithuanian Club
16-20 Meredith Street, Bankstown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9782 0079
Wednesday to Thursday 12pm - 3pm
Friday 12pm til late
Sunday 12pm - 6pm
This article appeared in the September 2013 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online]
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