Groove Train

10 Oct

Groove Train
619 Doncaster road, Westfield Doncaster

My cousin Kaylene was down from Sydney and we decided to have a mini cousin gathering (without Cat and Scott, who were in Vietnam). Unfortunately we didn’t book until the last minute, and by then all the decent options were taken, so Klene booked us in for Groove Train.

I admit – I pre-judged Groove Train; I pre-judged it very harshly. At the time of booking it was sitting on a mighty 24% approval rate at Urbanspoon, but it was a Friday night and we were desperate.

I will say that the space was gorgeous – dark, wood, high ceilings, sexy downlighting – it hardly looked like the sort of restaurant that would score below McDonald’s on Urbanspoon.

We did some shopping beforehand (2 shirts and a pair of sandals for James), and were the last to arrive.

There were heaps of waiters but they were all milling around, and it was really difficult to get their attention. That would have been more annoying, except their crappy service gave us more time to chat.

James and I had a big lunch so we split a pizza di carne ($20.90)

The topping was Napoli sauce, mozzarella cheese, Virginian ham, Italian salami, bacon and capsicum. It was about the size of a dinner plate, and alright – but honestly, how hard is it to fuck up a pizza? It was incredibly overpriced, but everything on the menu was.

There was a huge gap between when they took away our plates and when we were able to flag down a waiter to order dessert, so in that time we organised our kris kringles for Christmas this year. 3 months in advance, oh yeah …

For dessert we had a dessert calzone ($15.90)

It was basically a calzone filled with nutella and a couple of token strawberries. Andrew recommended it, so I was feeling optimistic, but it wasn’t great. Do you know how hard it is to make nutella not great?? The pastry was flavourless – it was basically a nutella scooping vessel, and there was so much nutella that everyone felt sick afterwards.

The bill-paying system was weird – the bill was brought to the table, but you had to then take the bill and your payment up to a counter. There was a huge line when we went to pay, and it took ages. We were annoyed enough that instead of paying in cash, James counted up the bill and used his credit card instead so the restaurant would get 1% less profit from the credit card transaction fee. We are petty people.

Groove Train has food for people who don’t care about food. But it’s one thing to pay McDonald’s prices for McDonald’s quality food; it’s just adding insult to injury to pay restaurant prices for fast food quality. Buy a $5 Domino’s pizza and put it on a big white plate, and for dessert grab a spoon and a jar of Nutella. There, I’ve just saved you $30.

Groove Train on Urbanspoon

5 Responses to “Groove Train”

  1. James October 10, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I used credit card, because we were out of cash! I’m not actually at petty as portrayed. Lies and slander!

    Also, I thought it was funny that Andrew recommended the dessert to everyone, then he complained about it when he was eating it.

    • pamperedhousewife October 10, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      We weren’t out of cash! We had a pool of money from everyone who had paid!

  2. polittacking October 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    don’t worry james all of us loyal readers knwo its really kaye who is the petty one

  3. sally li October 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    i had the same experience too… but just not in the doncaster one. I’m not surprised that everyone hates this place. My experiences were in the Melbourne Central and the Geelong groove trains. You can read about my Geelong experience on my blog:

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