Australian cuisine can be distinguished by its barbie-cooked flavor and the curious way edibles move counterclockwise after they're digested. Dine on delicacies from Down Under with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Australian pub fare and drinks at Matilda's in Newark.
Matilda's showcases Aussie beers and an outback-packed pub menu, which it shares with neighbor restaurant mad-macs, in an Australian-themed eatery. Signature Roo burgers, full-bodied kangaroo meat topped with cheese-lager sauce ($11.99), hop off brioche rolls into mothering mouth-pouches, which can be rinsed and replenished with James Boag's, an authentic Australian beer. Quench tastes for Queensland cuisine with a dish of Bowen chicken, chicken breast and brie wrapped in puff pastry and garnished with mango puree ($15.99), or ask a sociable server for a saucy selection of Aussie wings ($5.99 for six). Pint-size patrons can peruse the kids' menu, which dishes up tyke-sized portions of mac 'n' cheese or barbecue chicken tenders ($4.99 each). Reminisce about Sydney sunburns with a slice of red-velvet cake ($5.95) or sip sinful adult milkshakes, a generation-mashing concept as befuddling as infants who moonlight as investment bankers.
Grab a bar seat with a TV view and sip on one of Matilda's specialty drinks, such as the Wasabi Bloody Mary or the Purple Kangaroo martini, or enjoy casual dining in a family-friendly booth zone. Nightly activities, such as Monday karaoke and Thursday trivia, entertain hungry hordes, and wall murals of palm trees and surfboards evoke an Aussie ambience and provide homey habitats for 2-D koalas.
Because Matilda's shares a menu with Mad-Macs, patrons have unfettered access to more than a dozen varieties of mac 'n cheese in addition to the bar's craft beers, wines, and cocktails. Reaffirming that this comfort food deserves a place in the adult diet, chefs recommend pairing the cajun-shrimp-and-crab mac with a glass of sauvignon blanc or the buffalo-chicken mac with a water balloon of pinot noir. The menu also showcases hand-patted burgers and hearty hot sandwiches, in addition to seafood entrees, steaks, and chicken. Live music and DJs keep things lively in the evenings, and karaoke nights provide the opportunity to flex vocal chords after prolonged vows of silence.