I remember coming to Cabra-Vale Diggers club back in the eighties. My friends and I would drink and dance here until the wee hours of the morning. Of course, back then, we were more into the Rieslings so I never got a chance to try the club’s food. Now, a few decades on, I was excited to hear that Cabra-Vale Diggers is undergoing a huge $18 million dollar transformation, with stage 1 already complete: Brasserie On The Park. Alice and I were invited along to the club to check out this beautiful new bistro on the border of Cabramatta and Canley Vale.

When we stepped into Brasserie On The Park, we were both taken aback by the incredible makeover that this part of the club has undergone. Oak timbers, whites, greys and lots of lively pops of green make the bistro feel fresh and modern. The bistro gets its name from the park that it overlooks, but there’s also an alfresco feel within the enclosed dining space. It’s always exciting to see local clubs, which are generally known for their old-fashioned fit outs, completely modernise.

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The food is a modern take on bistro favourites. In the open kitchen, you can see the chefs cooking up a storm and the huge rotisserie oven slowly turning and cooking the roast meats. We tried the Grain Fed Rump Cap, tender roast beef served medium rare with a rich mustard jus, roast potatoes and greens. This is such a heart-warming meal and would be perfect with a glass of red wine. The Brasserie on Park-Style Roasted Chicken comes with mashed potato and tabouli. While we would have probably preferred some chips with this instead of the mash, the chicken itself was succulent with a crispy seasoned skin. The Trio of Sliders with All Three Rotisserie Meats is a beef slider, a pork slider and a lamb slider. The beef was our favourite as the salty seasoning used on the meat had been caramelised in the rotisserie making it extra flavoursome, while the meat remained really tender. We do love our sliders super saucy though, would have like some BBQ sauce on the sliders as well as the slaw.

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Pizza lovers certainly won’t be disappointed at Brasserie On The Park. The bistro’s Pizza Bar menu features delicious options like the Chicken BACT (bacon, avocado, chicken and tomato), Mexican (pulled beef, jalapeno, grilled corn, sour cream) and Chorizo (chorizo, bocconcini and rocket). We tried the Prosciutto which has cherry tomatoes, rocket, balsamic glaze, parmesan, prosciutto and mozzarella. This thin based pizza was light but indulgently cheesy.

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Brasserie On The Park has you covered when it comes to seafood too. We tried the Garlic Prawns in Slow Roasted Tomato and Basil. The prawns are plump and sweet and the sauce especially tasty when eaten with the crusty bread it is served with. The Beer Battered Flat Head Soft Tacos are dressed with wasabi mayo, charred corn, baby radish, onion and coriander. These are so light and fresh but look beautiful too thanks to the use of delicate micro herbs, zigzags of the mayo and edible flowers. They would be great for either a shared entrée or a main all to yourself with a refreshing beer. Then, there is the very impressive looking Seafood Platter, one you would definitely want to share. On the platter, there’s a mix of cold seafood (oysters and smoked salmon) and hot seafood (grilled fish, tiger prawns, salt and pepper squid, beer battered barramundi) plus some chips, salad and sauces for good measure. For just $34, or $17 per person when sharing with 1 other, this has got to be one of the best value for money seafood platters going around!

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After trying as many dishes that we could fit in from the Brasserie On The Park menu, we were also treated to some gorgeous desserts, as well as some cocktails put together especially for the occasion by Western Sydney's king of liquor, the Wog with the Grog.

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Unlike the big hair and blue eye shadow I would wear when visiting the club many moons ago, Cabra-Vale Diggers is proving that some things really do just get better with age. We’re looking forward to the next two stages of the club’s transformation, particularly the Asian street-hawker dining area which will include many different Asian cuisines and focus on authenticity through fixtures like a duck oven and an onsite Asian bakery. It sounds incredible already!

Brasserie On The Park
Address: Cabra-Vale Diggers, 1 Bartley Street Canley Vale 2166
Phone: 9727 3600
Open: 7 days. Lunch 12pm to 2pm daily. Dinner 5.30pm to 8.00pm (Mon-Wed), 8.30pm (Thurs & Sun) and 9.00pm (Fri & Sat)

Disclaimer: Western Sydney Food Blog were guests of Cabra-Vale Diggers & Rojo Consulting.