The Lodge Tapas is the ideal place to sit and relax and meet friends in the colder months. You don’t have to worry about the weather. If it’s a beautiful sunny winter’s day you can sit outside and watch the people go by and let the kids play on the village green (the artificial grass in the middle of the plaza, but village green sounds grander). If it’s a cold, wet windy day you can sit inside and enjoy a nice meal. The Lodge’s fit out reminds ITC of a warm Scandinavian lodge.
The Lodge has undergone a transformation in the last two years since Matt and Marketa took over the restaurant. Matt has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Pocket Rocket, Marketa, is from the Czech Republic. Marketa is a chef and studied at hotel school. She has also helped run her family’s restaurants.
Matt and Marketa are keen to ensure that the Lodge is a family friendly restaurant. The first thing they did when they purchased the restaurant was to buy high chairs and make it easier for people to move around with prams etc. Matt and Marketa have a young family themselves and they know how important it is to go out to dinner once and while and relax. After 5pm Monday to Saturday, kids eat free from a specially designed menu, when an adult orders from the main menu.
But wait, there’s more….Marketa has been working hard on the Lodge’s Healthy Treats Range. The Lodge is now stocking a range of healthy raw treats that are gluten, dairy, and egg free, with no added sugar. ITC has a confession to make. A week or so ago, the healthy treat caramel slice samples were near the takeaway coffee section, ITC helped herself to a sample and it was so good I had to have another one ( I know bad form, but gee it was tasty). Marketa makes some of the healthy treats with high quality ingredients like coconut oil and avocado and she also sources high quality treats from other suppliers.
If you love muffins, you will love the Lodge Tapas muffins. They are baked daily on the premises. Basically the muffins are so big, they nearly qualify for their own postcode. It’s nearly impossible to eat the whole muffin in one sitting!!!
If you want a taste of Mexico, try out their new Mexican Fiesta every Monday to Wednesday from 5pm. Mexican Food was recently named one of the top four food trends of 2015 (check out the article here)
Matt and Marketa are very generous to local schools and has supplied ITC with numerous Lodge Tapas vouchers to give out for ITC Flash comps.
ITC is not a coffee snob, but The Lodge serves Campos coffee and some people will only drink Campos – so if you are looking for Campos you found it. In fact Mr ITC hardly drinks coffee, but the other day I found a Campos coffee cup in his car and asked him if he enjoyed the Lodge – he was amazed that I knew where he had been (that is one way to make sure your husband knows you are keeping your eyes on him)!!!!
To celebrate the family feeling vibe, the Lodge Tapas would like to give away a family meal to the value of $100.00 (excluding drinks). If you are the lucky winner you will have your very own Masterchef moment. Yes you (and the kids), will do a review to camera for the Lodge Tapas Facebook page. This could be the start of a Food Critic career for one family. To win all you have to do is like the Lodge Tapas Facebook page and then enter the comp by letting us know in the comments below (in 25 words or less) what you would like to see on the menu at Lodge, and why. Be creative – as this could be the start of your food review career (we may even supply a cravat). Comp closes on 21 July 2015. Leave your answer in the comment section below and make sure you like their Facebook page to find out who the winner is.
Address: Shop 1, 24 Burns Bay Rd Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia
Trading Hours: Mon – Sat 07.30am to 10.00 pm and Sun 07.30 to 4.00 pm
Phone: (02) 9420 1629
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