This weekend we stopped by The Thirsty Koala to peer in the windows and check out the storefront, but as we we approached the front window, proprietor Kathy Fuchs spotted us and opened the door, inviting us in. She offered us a Tim Tam (a cookie – biscuit – popular in Australia). While I was there her business partner Alex made me a flat white – similar to a cappuccino or latte – and I was instructed to dip the Tim Tam in it and eat that combo, which is truly fab.
The inside of the restaurant is radically different from what was there before, a Indian Chinese place called Spiced, which was very dark inside. The Thirsty Koala is full of bright light, wood, and metal. They made the bar themselves.
They also made the tables from reused wood.
Kathy also shared with us what some of the dishes will be on their upcoming menu. Among the menu offerings include tacos filled with things like fish (fish tacos!) and beef, vegan chili, vegan moussaka, a burger prepared Aussie style (pineapple and beetroot are a couple of the toppings), skirt steak, lamb lollies (little lamb chops), and a few crostini and panini, some of which will feature the Koala’s house made fresh goat cheese. One of their desserts is going to be a tiramisu made from the aforementioned Tim Tams; they’ll also serve pavlova (a meringue, cake, and fruit dessert) and lamington (a cake filled with strawberry and covered with chocolate and coconut). It all sounds delicious.
Hurricane Sandy has set many businesses back in their timeline, and The Thirsty Koala is no exception. They hope to open before the new year.
Stay tuned for more information about the food, too!
The Thirsty Koala, 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, New York 11105