Last weekend I took a short break from Sydney and headed to the Snowy Mountains (Mt Kosciuszko NSW)! We went on a tour with OzSnow, staying at the Snowy Valley Resort in Jindabyne and spending two days at the Thredbo snow fields, learning how to snowboard, falling over countless times, getting back up and falling again, feeling frustrated and exhilarated and having the most awesome time with friends and strangers!
After our snowboarding lessons each day, we were exhausted and ready for a good feed. River Rock Cafe is part of the River Inn, which is located on the mountain, making it the perfect location to grab some food. There's an outdoor area, which is very lively with people drinking and relaxing to live music. I loved the decor inside the cafe/restaurant. I'm not sure if it's to everyone's taste, but I loved the kitschy look. There were plates and jugs stuck to the walls, teapots and teacups dotted the restaurant, and cute little salt & pepper shakers in the shape of animals and houses. Lol.
The food was, unfortunately, nothing to rave about. But if you do go to Thredbo, here is a taste of what you can expect from River Rock Cafe:
The french onion soup was rather bland. I found it sour and too watery.
The chicken schnitzel was actually ok. The chicken wasn't too dry and it was a decent sized portion. Probably the 2nd best meal tried.
The steak came out looking like 2 pieces of grilled pork! Lol. It didn't taste too great, it was too thin and quite dry.
The burger I had on the second day was definitely the best thing I tried at River Rock Cafe. The meat patty was nice and chunky, and overall quite enjoyable.
The grilled fish definitely looked fried to me! I didn't get to try it, but I heard it was ok.
River Rock Cafe is definitely great for a drink and to chillout in between exhausting yourself on the snow fields. I loved the lively and buzzing atmosphere. I'd recommend the burger or the chicken schnitzel, if you were going to choose to eat there.
Even though, you spend two nights at the Snowy Valley Resort, you get in at about 1.30am on the Friday night, so the only night you will have a proper dinner there is Saturday night, which is provided by the resort.
Main: A choice of Spinach & Fetta Pie, Chicken (no pic, sorry!) or Fish.
Like the food at the River Rock Cafe, the dinner we had at the resort certainly didn't knock my socks off. Thankfully the dessert kind of saved the meal.
Despite the dodgy food and accomodation (a double bed that took up our whole room, lol. And shared bathrooms - eew), the snow was absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to go back! :)
River Rock Cafe,
River Inn Friday Drive,
Thredbo Alpine Village NSW 2625
Tel: (02) 6457 6505
Snowy Valley Resort
Jindabyne NSW 2627
Tel: (02) 9211 9111