Published: March 2014
We decided to take the monsters with us for this review.
I phoned ahead to book a table at the Roo's Leap in Aviemore and was glad we had, as the restaurant was fairly busy when we got there.
The décor is rustic and welcoming with lots of little "Aussie" touches around the place.
We were greeted with a friendly face and shown straight to our table. The menus were brought to us and our drinks order taken and then we were left to make our choices. Decisions, decisions...
Although Australia is the theme for this eatery, the menu is more Tex-Mex: a max selection of burgers to choose from or delights such as Quesadilla and Enchilada.
Eventually our minds were made up.
A little bird had warned me that the portions were big, so we opted to go straight to main courses. Thank goodness we did! Big portions...? More like huge! My meal arrived with as much chicken as I would normally cook for both Reynard and me!
The kids meals were a very good size with a few too many chips for my lot – not a problem, as I hoovered them up. Yum. All the meals arrived within a few minutes of each other so no one was waiting for long.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and it would have been clean plates all round, but for the fact they would have had to wheelbarrow us out of there!
The following are what we had and would be happy to have again:
Mexican Burger: jalapeños, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and cheddar £10.25 for Reynard, who did a magnificent job and cleaned his plate.
Cajun Fried Chicken Burger: mayo, salad, boneless chicken fillet coated in a special blend of Cajun spices topped with mozzarella cheese and Cajun sauce £9.55 for Granny Tup, who is a bit of a finicky eater but made a good dent in her burger.
Chicken Fajitas: strips of chicken marinated, with sautéed onions and peppers, accompanied with cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños and flour tortillas £12.95 for me.
As I said, there was loads of chicken and I managed to eat about half of it, I would have eaten it all if I could but even my belly wouldn't stretch that far!
The monsters both had Chick-a-Roos: chicken pieces, battered and fried and served with fries and beans £5.25. There were three large "nuggets" on the plate along with a large portion of chips – demolished very quickly, apart from the chips I stole.
The troublesome teenager is a vegetarian, but she had a good choice as a fair few of the meals can be veggie. Quesadilla served with salad £8.75 was the final choice which she thoroughly enjoyed, I think (she is after all a teenager and it is sometimes hard to tell the difference between absolute joy and abject misery!).
The food did take quite a while to arrive, but that appeared to be because it was all cooked fresh and anyway, it was worth the wait.
This is a great choice for a family meal out. It's not gourmet but it is good wholesome food. The service was friendly and prompt.
Quality of food: 8
Menu choice: 8
Value for money: 8
Tel: 01479 811161