When having a chat with Matilda’s Peter Osuchowski, you’re in for a conversation peppered with Aussie slang. So it helps when trying to interpret the Matilda’s menu or talking to Peter to take a crash course in lingo from Down Under. Here are some important terms to know:
Banana Bender: A Queenslander (use with caution).
Bag of fruit: A man’s suit.
Boddy-dazzler: The greatest—as in, Matilda’s Pavlova is boddy-dazzler.
Bo-peep: To look at something. “I’d like to bo-peep the wine list, please.”
Cheese & Kisses: Slang for wife, the missus.
Chooks: Chickens—like, Kentucky Fried Chooks.
Come the raw prawn: To impose upon or deceive someone: “Don’t come the raw prawn with me, mate!”
Cossie: A swimsuit. No cossies allowed in the restaurant.
Damper: Unleavened bread baked in a campfire.
Dead horse: Sauce, particularly tomato sauce.
Fair dinkum: Genuine, the real deal. Matilda’s Lamington is fair dinkum.
Grog: Alcoholic beverage.
Grouse: Outstanding: “This grog is grouse!”
Heart starter: First alcoholic drink of the day.
Joey: A baby kangaroo.
Jumbuck: A sheep.
Loaf: Head—as in, “Use your loaf, mate!”
Pat Malone: Slang for “alone.” “I’m eating Pat Malone this evening.”
Tucker: Food. Fans of Matilda’s say the tucker there is grouse!
Quote of the week: One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. —Luciano Pavarotti
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