It's not very fancy, but hey, we're not complaining
Those with more 'refined' tastes should look away now - Siroccan diners don't put much time in for fancy food.
Siroccan fare is a lot simpler than other places around the world. Ask for a seafood dinner, or an exotic Asian dish, and you'll likely be met with blank looks, or perhaps even laughter if the request is particularly unusual. Perhaps it is testament to the more down-to-earth nature of Sirocco that we go for portion size and taste rather than appearance.
With this in mind, don't be surprised if you take a seat at one of Sirocco's many cafés or restaurants and are presented with a menu selection reminiscent of one you would find in London, Rome, or New York. Dishes such as 'meat and three veg', hamburgers, chili con carne, and spaghetti bolognaise are common throughout Sirocco. Particular local delicacies include éclairs, canneloni, and the national snack, chips and gravy.
And when it comes time to wash it down, common choices are soft drinks, tea, hot chocolate, or in some cases, wine (or grape juice for non-drinkers). It's important to point out, however, that alcohol is not part of Siroccan culture - by and large, it is consumed infrequently in only moderate amounts. Those looking for a 'good time' with plenty of alcohol involved will have to look elsewhere. The same goes for coffee drinkers - it's available, but those of you that like cappuccinos and flat whites will more than likely have to settle for simple instant coffee instead.
So, you're ready to take on Siroccan dining? Good! Let's get you started.
And remember the tea! Siroccans are huge tea-drinkers, and it's not uncommon for the kettle to be boiling nearly all day and night. It might sound odd, but there's nothing unusual about seeing someone drinking a hot cup of tea in the heat of a Cambrian January, either. Hot chocolates are also very common, but tea always comes first. Just remember that tea refers to both the drink and dinner in Sirocco, so be careful what you ask for.
A Good Start
A full 'Siroccan breakfast' can include baked beans or spaghetti, sausages, tomatoes, and fried potatoes, but the bacon, eggs, and hash browns are standard.
The Nation's Lunch
It might not be haute cuisine to some, but to the Siroccan palate, chips and gravy is pretty good.
Pikelets (at left) are common and widely eaten in Sirocco, except with the Premier, who has seen (and eaten) hundreds of the things.
Pictures courtesy Wikimedia Commons.