The Thirsty Koala

The Thirsty Koala

Australian Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
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  • Joy V.
    "Try the amazing lamb lollies & kangaroo burger + the Triple T."(10 Tips)
    Jessica
    "Also, the Triple T (Tim tam tiramisu) for dessert is outrageous."(6 Tips)
    Linda
    "... roo burgers, and kakadu crostini."(2 Tips)
    Jessica B.
    "... fish and chips with basil yogurt dip and strawberry, spinach and goat cheese..."(2 Tips)
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  • Romeo P.
    Service was Good. But the Kitchen is slow, took over 30mins for our food (Filet Mignon & Fish-&-Chips) to come out. Being there were only 2 other Tables (4 Diners max) in the restaurant.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangJanuary 20
    Service was superb! Share the Calamari. Kangaroo Burger has a lot going on. Everyone enjoyed the Lamb Lollies.
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartNovember 9, 2015
    Very helpful and knowledgable wait staff. Make sure to try one of their cocktails.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeOctober 24, 2015
    Great experience - wait staff are super attentive and accommodating, and the chef personally came out to ask how things were. Food was great and big portions - beware how big the calamari app is
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoSeptember 29, 2015
    Everything. Just get everything. Lamb lollies, kangaroo burgers, octopus tacos, burrata, caramel, yadayadayada, and come during happy hour! Service is warm/attentive, food is fresh and mostly non-GMO!
  • Georgianna T.
    Georgianna TekiAugust 4, 2015
    The seafood it's remarkable there.. the tacos are also really good...
  • Tinashe D.
    Tinashe DhliwayoMay 25, 2015
    Everybody raves about the kangaroo meat but I had a seafood special that was out of this world. Portions are large but save room for dessert! The tiramisu is one of a kind.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyMarch 24, 2015
    The scallops wrapped in pancetta are what love tastes like. I could eat these until my heart explodes.
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ChrabiehOctober 7, 2014
    I came for lunch, ordered a steak on ciabatta bread, and fries, the food is less than average, fries are are so soggy and burned! This is my first and last!
  • Henry M.
    Henry MartinezOctober 4, 2014
    Gluten free calamari is perfect every time. Kangaroo burger with the lot is phenomenal. Australian beer is delicious! Staff is incredibly courteous and attentive. Lady and I will certainly come back.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Kangaroo meat is very lean with only 2% fat and it's rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The kangaroo meat at Thirsty Koala it's free range and sourced from Queensland, Australia. Read more
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea JaresJune 3, 2014
    The staff here is extremely kind and helpful. Ask them for good dinner suggestions!
  • The Mexican .
    The Mexican 👧March 29, 2014
    The salmon is the best I've had in Astoria, such amazing flavor. They don't skimp you on the portion either.
  • Derek L.
    Derek LFebruary 22, 2014
    Kangaroo Burger is great, comes with a sweet chili sauce which is good.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LippkeFebruary 22, 2014
    The steak tacos are delicious. The 50s music playing in the background is also quote enjoyable! Great first experience at the Thirsty Koala!
  • Eddie A.
    Eddie AlvarezAugust 17, 2013
    Excellent service. The Bacon wrapped scallops and crab cakes are amazing
  • Brandon A.
    Brandon AndrusAugust 8, 2013
    Recommend the Kangaroo Loin. And for those who are GF they can make the Fish and Chips GF. They were excellent with the Thai Basil Yogurt Dip.
  • Nicholas G.
    Nicholas GalatisAugust 7, 2013
    If you get anything with kangaroo be sure to smother it in their goat cheese. The combination is to die for. And the Mexicans cola is the best cola I've ever had.
  • Alyssa L.
    Alyssa LimAugust 6, 2013
    The best service with a friendly and down to earth staff. Had the scallops and beef burger with the lot--both amazing. Gonna try the triple t dessert next time!
  • Pamela M.
    Pamela MartinettiAugust 4, 2013
    If it is your first time and unsure what to order, stay with appetizers. I recommend the scallops wrapped with bacon, and the lamb mini chops.
  • Julien A.
    Julien AleksandresJuly 30, 2013
    LOVE their food and their staff. The lady who owns it is fabulous and always has the perfect advise what to order if in doubt.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJuly 27, 2013
    They make these Australian coconut caramel bites. I don't know what they are called but they are insane. This is what I would use to conquer a nation....
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJuly 27, 2013
    Get the kangaroo burger with the lot. You won't be sorry.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MonahanJuly 21, 2013
    Brunch comes with a mimosa! And reasonably priced. Also try the kangaroo with their goat cheese (made in house), so tender and better for you!
  • Shannon D.
    Shannon DempseyJuly 6, 2013
    Quite disappointed. Warm beer, with half full glasses. Waited so long for our entrees that our waiter asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu (before our entrees arrived). Won't be coming back.
  • Linda
    LindaJune 16, 2013
    Great customer service! We had three waiters/waitresses, the chef, and the owner stop by the table. Definitely recommend the lamb lollies, roo burgers, and kakadu crostini.
  • Nathaniel E.
    Fantastic customer service and the boomerang tacos are all incredible. I've never been disappointed with this new neighborhood star!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MakulowichJune 2, 2013
    Delicious food and great variety of not-your-average fare. Friendly service, but very very slow. Been twice and enjoyed, but waited near an hour for food both times.
  • Vladimir W.
    Vladimir WeinsteinMay 20, 2013
    Had a great dinner @TheThirstyKoala - Delicious and affordable 12oz grass-fed steak - Really friendly staff/owners - Super close to Astoria-Ditmars train stop. Getting the Kangaroo special next time!
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.April 23, 2013
    Fish & chips is tasty. The fish is flakey & buttery. The signature burger is very filling, but also very delicious.
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BallardApril 20, 2013
    The kangaroo ROCKS! Loved it. Had it medium rare in a burger with goat cheese, fried eggs and beets.
  • Janene O.
    Janene OttenApril 10, 2013
    The dish I like best so far is Earth Chili!! It's vegan and I'm not but I could eat it every day!!
  • Megan
    MeganApril 6, 2013
    The things that you've never tried will be better than things you typically eat. Step out of your comfort zone, try the kangaroo.
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.March 31, 2013
    Grilled veggies are small but great. Aussie burger is tasty & juicy. Fish & chips have tender fish & wonderful sauces to go with it. The star would be the triple T tiramisu. Get it, so good!
  • Amina F.
    Amina FMarch 30, 2013
    Eat it all!! It's all good & fresh! Then have the Triple T for dessert (tiramisu) :D
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMarch 26, 2013
    The G'Day burger is something else. Especially when that something else is kangaroo meat! Yes, explore the tasty exotic goodness not even Poo Bear can even protect and always get the Fontina on top!
  • Paul G.
    Paul GirardinMarch 24, 2013
    Lamb lollies and roasted pumpkin - every friend who hates lamb ate them!
  • Michaela T.
    Michaela TMarch 17, 2013
    Decided to give this place a second chance... Unfortunately, the batter on my fish was GUMMY, and I was all around disappointed again. If you do end up here, you're pretty safe with the crostis plate.
  • Daisy P.
    Daisy PeraltaMarch 17, 2013
    BYOB!!!! Lamb lollies... Amazing!! Medium Roo sliders.. Yes, roo.. KangaROO sliders... pretty good!!! Thumbs up for The Thirsty Koala!
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 8, 2013
    Get the lamb lollies. They come with some unearthly roasted caramel used squash. Also, the Triple T (Tim tam tiramisu) for dessert is outrageous.
  • Leigh W.
    Leigh WishneyMarch 2, 2013
    Spinach, strawberry, and goat cheese salad. Do it. Their soups are incredible too.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BombassaroFebruary 3, 2013
    We took a bite, then before I knew it we almost finished both our appetizers. Highly recommend the fish and chips with basil yogurt dip and strawberry, spinach and goat cheese salad!
  • natalie w.
    natalie woodFebruary 1, 2013
    Spinach barries cheese and grilled shrimp ;) , you will love it.
  • Karen G.
    Karen GanJanuary 30, 2013
    The food is so worth the wait! The olive spread is so delicious. All their food is made to order so everything is fresh!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalJanuary 24, 2013
    The decadent but delicious Triple T—tiramisu made with the Australian favorite chocolate Tim Tam cookie—is not to be missed. Read more
  • linda s.
    linda stewarJanuary 20, 2013
    Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberry add the Skirt Steak you will thank me :)
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa ChanJanuary 20, 2013
    this place is not consistent. Some people got extra bacon. My dish was much smaller compared to others without the extra bacon. Wth. Also not worth the wait
  • Alex G.
    Alex GuevaraJanuary 14, 2013
    I went for their entree, the Lamb Lollies. It was extremely flavorful and cooked well! The side salad and sweet potatoes was a great addition. Also, this restaurant is gluten-free friendly!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 7, 2013
    "Australian flair". Australian-sourced lamb lollies are served over caramelized pumpkin, & the fish for the fish & chips is ginger-beer-battered. Cocktails - "Hooly Dooly caipirinha" and the "Gabba" Read more
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