Aussies horrified at American chain Outback Steakhouse for its supposedly ‘authentic’ Aussie meals

Australians are sharing their horror at the US restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse that claims to serve authentic Aussie dishes.

The eatery has more than 1,000 locations across the US and the Asia Pacific region – including in Australia itself – but its menu seems to be confusing Australians with dishes most have never even heard of.

Staff are instructed to speak in an Australian accent, Fosters is the feature beer and dishes on offer include kookaburra wings, Gold Coast coconut shrimp, Alice Spring quesadillas, Aussie cobb salad and ribs served with mac and cheese.

Aussies are expressing their outrage at the America restaurant chain Outback steakhouse that claims to serve authentic Australian food

One Aussie posted to Reddit describing his visit to the chain, which was established in 1986 by four Americans who had never visited Australia following the success of Crocodile Dundee

One Aussie posted to Reddit describing his visit to the chain, which was established in 1986 by four Americans who had never visited Australia following the success of Crocodile Dundee

What does Outback Steakhouse sell?

Outback Steakhouse is an American chain of Australian-themed casual dining restaurants, serving American cuisine, based in Tampa, Florida.

The chain has over 1,000 locations in 23 countries throughout North and South America, Asia, and Australia.

The Bloomin’ Onion is a signature Outback item. It is a one-pound onion cut to ‘bloom’ open, breaded, deep-fried and served with mayonnaise-horseradish sauce.

The restaurant menus around the world are largely very similar, featuring a number of steaks cooked multiple ways, burgers, salads and pasta.

Staff are instructed to speak in an Australian accent, Fosters is the feature beer and dishes on offer include kookaburra wings, Gold Coast coconut shrimp, Alice Spring quesadillas, Aussie cobb salad and ribs served with mac and cheese.

Outback Steakhouse’s signature dish is the Bloomin Onion, an onion cut to look like an opening flower, battered, deep friend and served with a spicy dipping sauce which they call a ‘true outback original’.

‘99% of Australians wouldn’t know what a bloomin’ onion is. Source: an Australian,’ one Redditor said.

‘I did a short exchange trip way back in middle school to a place in Anaheim CA. My lovely host family excitedly took me to an Outback Steakhouse sincerely thinking it was the food of my people. I had no clue what a bloomin’ onion was but I remember it was delicious,’ wrote another.

Outback Steakhouse's Bloomin Onion, an onion cut to look like an opening flower, battered, deep friend and served with a spicy dipping sauce, is called a 'true outback original'

Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin Onion, an onion cut to look like an opening flower, battered, deep friend and served with a spicy dipping sauce, is called a ‘true outback original’

Australians were also perplexed by the ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’ meal with prawns and steak served with rice and steamed vegetables as well as the sticky ribs with mac and cheese and a stuffed jacket potato.

There is also the Toowoomba salmon smeared with a creamy mushroom sauce with steamed broccoli and a potatoes stuffed with bacon, cheese and sour cream.

One Aussie posted to Reddit describing his visit to the ‘awful’ chain, which was established in 1986 by four Americans who had never visited Australia, following the success of Crocodile Dundee while in the US.

‘Years ago I was working in the US and my team took me there thinking it would make me homesick. They wouldn’t believe that none of the food was remotely Australian, or that if food of this quality was serviced in Australia they would go broke in a month,’ they recalled.

There is also the Toowoomba salmon smeared with a creamy mushroom sauce with steamed broccoli and a potatoes stuffed with bacon, cheese and sour cream

There is also the Toowoomba salmon smeared with a creamy mushroom sauce with steamed broccoli and a potatoes stuffed with bacon, cheese and sour cream

‘Just to add to it, some of the names of the meals and the d├ęcor were culturally insensitive (racist) to Aboriginal people. I’m sure they meant it to be funny and kitsch, but Americans think it’s authentic and I’m sure I wasn’t the first or last Aussie taken there as a ‘treat’.’

‘I went with my family while in Florida just for a bit of fun and to see what it was like. The staff spoke in terrible forced Australian accents, called me and my sisters ‘sheila’ and even asked where we were from because they didn’t recognize out accents,’ another visitor laughed.

Another pointed out there are few Outback Steakhouses in Australia but the menu is completely different to that in the US.

‘Turns out they do exist in NSW and QLD however the menu between here and the US is entirely different, as it would have to be. I saw bacon bourbon salmon on the American one and I’m just horrified,’ they said.

‘It got way worse when I looked into the racism… Bro you just f*****g can’t… Walkabout Wednesday?! Seriously…’

What would Australian’s serve at an Aussie-themed restaurant?

meat pies

Sausage rolls

Wedges with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream

Chicken Parmigiana

Bunnings sausage sizzle

Chicko rolls

Lamingtons

fairy bread

Vegemite on toast

Swimming pool cake from the Women’s Weekly cake book

Milo

Burger with beetroot

Barramundi fish and chips

Chips with chicken salt

Potato cakes

Cappuccino with a TimTam

Pavlova

Dim sums

Jam donuts

Kangaroo steak

Egg Benedict

damper

Woolworths Chocolate Mud Cake

However, there were some Australian fans of the chain with one saying they’re ‘never disappointed’ with its steak dinners and another calling the bloomin’ onion ‘delicious’.

In another thread, Australians shared the foods they would serve to make Outback Steakhouse more authentically Aussie from chicken parmigiana to burgers with beetroot and even fairy bread and TimTams.

‘Fish & Chips with Barramundi, Flake & Hoki. Fish & Chips is common in the States and in the UK, but those fish are pretty unique to Australia. Also chicken salt to go with the chips,’ one person suggested.

‘Meat pie, sausage roll, vegemite toast. Dessert: lamington, fairy bread,’ another offered and a third said: ‘Wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli. This is not a thing in USA, by wife who’s American was mind blown’.

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