I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is to be a family-type get together of a number of people – fifty, give or take – in Canberra in the next couple of months. Mostly about them talking to each other, while eating and drinking. There will be a brief (10 minutes) spell of some more speechy stuff between courses. So we do not need a full spangles-and-sparkles function room, just a restaurant (which may or may not be in a club) which can partition off part of its space.
What we need is somewhere that will offer a bit of a menu choice for a set price. Somewhere that can provide a range of beer and wine or allow us to bring it in. Somewhere that can allow for the gluten-free/lactose-free/vegetarian people. of whom there are a few. Saturday lunch or dinner or Sunday lunch. Somewhere that can segregate us a bit or let us book it out. We don’t greatly care about the ethnicity of the cuisine.
During a meal, a few weeks back, we audtioned Peppercress at Tuggers Southern Cross CLub. Does a limited menu (some choices but not the whole lot) and the wine, and cooked the menu pretty well, so far as we could see. The service was, however, a letdown (slow to get drinks – I’d still be waiting for a glass of red, poor spacing between courses, bill grossly wrong because it included most of another table’s stuff). So, although it looked like a winner, it lost.