Although plenty of overseas visitors arrive in Australia planning to pet a kangaroo, not so many are keen to eat one. But following the news that we’re being urged to chow down on more roo meat to combat an over-population of kangaroos around the country, maybe it’s time you hopped to it and tucked into a serving of Skippy.
Roo pizza at the Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks
Sydney’s most famous kangaroo dish incorporates Australia’s other beloved national animal, the emu, on the borderline treasonous ‘Coat of Arms’ pizza — half emu and half pepper kangaroo with bush tomato, capsicum and lemon myrtle mayo.
The Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, +61 2 9247 2229
Kangaroo steak at the Blackbird Cafe, Darling Harbour
With a second-floor view of Cockle Bay Wharf as your backdrop, enjoy your joey chargrilled and served rare on a bed of mashed potatoes with a Jack Daniels sauce (because it wouldn’t be a true Aussie dish if the chef didn’t jam alcohol in there somewhere).
Kangaroo strip loin at the Waterfront Grill, Darling Harbour
That’s not the only place in Darling Harbour you can find roo on the menu — this premium steakhouse dishes up marinated strip loin with spinach pesto mash, wild rocket and red wine jus.
Waterfront Grill, 289 Darling Dr, Sydney, NSW, +61 2 9280 4994
Roo skewer at the Meat & Wine Co
If you can’t bear to see Skippy served on a plate, how about a skewer instead? With six locations in Sydney and Melbourne, the Meat & Wine Co present the spiced loin fillet with buttered potato, tomato chutney and crispy onion rings.
The Outback Burger at Melbourne’s Metro Burgers
This trendy inner-city burger joint tucked away in Melbourne’s most iconic laneway, Degraves St, is a world away from the Australian bush — but that doesn’t stop its signature dish from being the Outback Burger, made of a roo patty with bush seasoning, lemon parsley mayo, wild tomato relish, salad, red onions and beetroot (the hallmark of a fair dinkum Aussie burger).
Metro Burgers, 12 Degraves St, Melbourne, VIC, +61 3 9671 4069
Black roo burger at Loaves & the Dishes in the Blue Mountains
Just in case devouring one half of the coat of arms wasn’t already strange enough, this cafe in the tranquil village of Leura — two hours west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains — has sandwiched a kangaroo patty between two black buns for good measure.
Loaves & The Dishes, 180 Leura Mall, Leura, NSW, +61 2 4784 3600
Asian fusion roo at Tiger Lil’s in Perth
If Skippy ever travelled to Tokyo, this is what he’d taste like. This moody Perth nightspot combines oriental flavours with your favourite Aussie animal in its kangaroo sizzling plate, a roo fillet smothered in red miso sauce with seasonal greens.
Tiger Lil’s, 437 Murray St, Perth, WA, +61 8 9322 7377
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Thai Kangaroo Salad
The name doesn’t quite have the same ring as the original ‘Thai beef salad’, but the world’s largest exporter of kangaroo meat — Macro Meats from South Australia — are trying to win consumers over to this marsupial spin on an Asian classic.
— PIRSA (@SA_PIRSA) December 16, 2016
Now there’s a catchier name… and a simpler recipe. Embrace the great Australian tradition of throwing a couple of snags on the barbie with some sausages made of our national icon, available in all patriotic supermarkets.
We have to finish with Chewy Rooey gourmet kangaroo jerky if only for its superbly punny name. Available in regular and chilli flavour.