Texas Motel & Restaurant – A Local Gem In My Home Town


14 High Street

T: 07 4653 1300

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When a restaurant with a bad reputation suddenly gets sold and is under new management, do you rush in to try out the new food? Or do you hesitate on the pretext of it being just as bad as before? For me, I believe that new owners should always get a chance to prove themselves. I feel that until something has been tried, there is no way of knowing if it will be a good experience or not. As for the Texas Motel, I was keen to sample their new menu and see what the new chef has to offer.

As I arrived I quickly noticed many pleasant changes, including the friendliness of the new owners; a local couple that made everyone feel welcome. The decor had also changed, it was now modern and classy. As we sat down, we perused the menu. It was simple, with only three or four entrees, four mains and a few specials, but it was well diversified. For my entree, I ordered the soup of the day; tomato and basil. For main, the Fillet Mignon (steak fillet wrapped in bacon) served with potato gratin (potato bake), fresh vegetables and creamy garlic sauce. And for dessert, a white chocolate panna cotta.

Whilst waiting for my entree, I asked about the chef. He was a young man from Tenterfield, a town about an hour and a half away from Texas, and apparently sauces were his specialty.

When the entrees arrived, the aroma coming from the soup was divine. It was a deep red colour, was garnished with fresh herbs and served with crusty bread. As the first spoonful hit my tastebuds, I could immediately tell that this soup had been made with fresh ingredients. The soup had a nice tangy tomato flavour and was well balanced. I thoroughly enjoyed the first course.

After everyone had finished their entrees the plates were cleared, ready for the mains. After around 25 minutes, my Fillet Mignon was served. The presentation was excellent, the large piece of steak was placed on top of the potato gratin with the vegetables on the side and the creamy garlic sauce drizzled on top of the meat, so that it ran down and mixed with the rest of the components on the dish. When I cut into the steak, I could see that it was perfectly cooked to my liking. It was pink in the middle and seared around the edges.

The Fillet Mignon was deliciously succulent and melt in the mouth. It paired so perfectly with the sauce, which was seasoned to perfection. Even the vegetables were flavoursome. It was quite a large serve, and although I didn’t finish mine, I know a lot of people who would of finished it without trouble.

Texas Motel Restaurant Review
White Chocolate Panna Cotta

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, my dessert arrived. There were two desserts on offer that evening and I went with the white chocolate panna cotta. It was served with stewed raspberries and a raspberry coulis. The panna cotta was to die for. The tartness of the raspberries worked exceptionally well with the richness of the panna cotta. It was the perfect way to end the evening.

Tonight, I have discovered a gem in the small town of Texas. This restaurant is just as good as any five star restaurant in any city and could compete with any fine dining establishment. Tonight, my evening was perfect. I highly recommend you trying this restaurant as soon as possible. It will definitely deliver.

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