For a limited time, the Aussie-themed casual dining chain Outback Steakhouse will be offering the “Big Australia” menu.
Until August 2nd, guests will be able to order off of the menu featuring super-sized portions of the fan-favorite appetizers, along with some brand new dishes.
"With the new Big Australia menu, we're excited to introduce delicious, generous-sized dishes that reflect the spirit of the 'Bloomin' Big' Australian Dinner Parties taking place at Outbacks nationwide," said Jeff Smith, Outback Steakhouse president in a press release.
The most notable appetizer getting quite a bit of buzz from foodie-focused media is the Loaded Bloom. This beast of an appetizer is the brand’s beloved Bloomin’ Onion topped with the Aussie Cheese Fries, which is another popular appetizer by the brand.
Some of the other items available on the limited time menu include the New Béarnaise Jumbo Shrimp Topped Filet, which is a Victoria’s Filet Mignon “topped with four jumbo shrimp and a Béarnaise sauce, served with a signature potato and choice of one freshly made side” and another seafood-focused dish is the New Giant Crab Stuffed Lobster Tail, a loaded crab cake stuffed in a jumbo lobster tail, topped with Hollandaise sauce. It wouldn’t be right for a steakhouse chain to not include a big juicy steak on super-sized menu like this, so an 18 oz. Center Cut Sirloin is also a “Big Australia” item.
But, Diet-Friendly Options are Available too
With today’s consumer being more health-conscious than ever, Outback Steakhouse has received quite a bit of backlash about how unhealthy the brand’s menu items are. Both the Aussie Cheese Fries and the Bloomin’ Onion have appeared on multiple unhealthiest food lists.
But, Outback seems to embrace the fact that guests are coming to their restaurant to treat themselves and summer is the perfect season to do so.
The Loaded Bloom is roughly 2,360 calories.
The high calorie appetizer, entrees and desserts may present a problem if/when the FDA enforces the menu labeling law that will require restaurants, convenience stores and grocery store delis to publish calorie counts on menus. This was previously set for Dec 1st of this year, but this has been delayed.
Nonetheless, other brands have been prepping for this major change and have already started to display this information. It is starting to become a consumer expectation.
With this in mind, Outback also has lighter options available.
“While the "Big Australia" menu celebrates larger portions, Outback also offers a wide range of dishes to satisfy a variety of dietary needs, tastes and occasions – including several "Under 600 Calorie" appetizer and entrée options including the Crab and Avocado Stack, the 6 oz. Center Cut Sirloin with mixed vegetables, Grilled Chicken on the Barbie or Perfectly Grilled Salmon,” according to a press release.