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elena 18 March 2009 85

The in-laws are taking me out for a nice dinner because I recently had a *ahem* significant birthday (the age, feel the age).

But we’re trying to find a nicey restaurant to go out to but are a bit non-plussed by what we’ve found.

Save me RiotACT community, what restaurant ideas are there for a special occassion?

[ED – Yes, we’ve done this before, but times change]


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astrojax astrojax 4:09 pm 19 Mar 09

yeah sorry danman, i can’t imagine i’d have been keen to actually work for daniel, but he was under that a sweetie and a foodie and i have some fond memories of staying and eating with him in nambour and some wonderful nights where he simply cooked a menu for us on some pre-arranged occasions…

actually, that’s the way to really have a night somewhere, elena and others – find where you might wanna eat then go speak to the chef a week or so before and discuss some menu options – especially if there are a few of you and it is worth his/her while to do a few special courses…

Danman Danman 2:20 pm 19 Mar 09

Peterh – I concur, but La Pasa in town.
Flawless banquet @ $17 per person – 5 uge dishes and fried rice as well as a spring roll and chicken wing entree.

Looking for my pillow wunder the desk right after this.

peterh peterh 1:45 pm 19 Mar 09

ant said :

I’m off to Rama’s in a few weeks. Haven’t been to an asian place in years, due to the peanut thing (yes even in Indian restaurants). But I rang Ramas, and was delighted to find they are fully conversant with the peanut issue, don’t use peanut oil or have peanuts in anything, just some dishes with cashews and almonds but they are clearly signalled as such (and they won’t kill me, just things to avoid). So I can go!

I have just come back from a sit down lunch at indian affair, butter chicken, cheese amd garlic naan, absolutely perfect.

wonder if i can sleep under the desk?

Danman Danman 12:02 pm 19 Mar 09

Naah was upstairs in Style Arcade Manuka.

Danman Danman 12:01 pm 19 Mar 09

I do have fond memories of working there though, like the time I walked across the Zebra crossing near the (now gone) woolworths in a chefs uniform, clever in hand, on my way to his house to cut some veg from his back yard, only to look to the left, and smile wink and nod at 2 of canberras finest sitting in a paddy wagon, waiting for me to cross.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:59 am 19 Mar 09

Was that the place down near where Electric Shadows was (near the old Impact Records)?

Danman Danman 11:57 am 19 Mar 09

i also miss chez daniel. and really, i just miss daniel 🙁

Chez Daniel was a great french morrocan restaurant.

I have no doubts what so ever that Daniel was a great chef, but in the 6 months I worked for him, he redefined what arrogant fwit meant to me. Good chef though, and I bit my tongue while I was there, especially after I saw his butchery skills on a whole venison carcass.

I should have known though – It was a family run restaurant…

ant ant 11:09 am 19 Mar 09

I’m off to Rama’s in a few weeks. Haven’t been to an asian place in years, due to the peanut thing (yes even in Indian restaurants). But I rang Ramas, and was delighted to find they are fully conversant with the peanut issue, don’t use peanut oil or have peanuts in anything, just some dishes with cashews and almonds but they are clearly signalled as such (and they won’t kill me, just things to avoid). So I can go!

astrojax astrojax 10:50 am 19 Mar 09

+1 rama’s – didn’t mention it initially or i’d have a plethora of other places to say are all fab-o, too, but not quite right for the ‘occasion’ dinner, but yum, fantastic food and i love an indian place where hot actually means something…

was a great indian house at downer years back, always great, if slow but very personal, service. i also miss chez daniel. and really, i just miss daniel 🙁

daddy daddy 10:45 am 19 Mar 09

Rama’s at the Pearce Shops – Always good for a curry

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:35 am 19 Mar 09

old canberran said :

sepi said :

Plaka in Mawson, and Charcoal Grill in Civic are both good, both for food, and also for the bizarre feeling of going back in time to about 1962.

I’m surprised to read that the Charcoal Grill is still going. It used to be the best steakhouse in Canberra back in the 60’s. Started by a copper and his wife.
One of my favourite restaurants is the Vietnamese at Page shops. Great food, great prices.

Yeah, I remember mum saying how a night out at the Charcoal Grill was a real special occasion back in the day, haha.

Went to the Vietnamese in Page plenty of times too back in the mid 70s.

I still miss the Vietnamese from O’Connor Shops where All Bar Nun is now. Yes I know it’s now at Griffith Shops, but I can’t walk there from my house!

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:31 am 19 Mar 09

@ant #72 – I believe the Lobby is still around, but the last time I went there (about 18 months ago) it was quite underwhelming. Such a shame, it used to be quite good.

@Pommy #73 – I agree. Fekerte’s is very good.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:20 am 19 Mar 09

I love the food at Fekerte’s (Ethiopian. Dickson), but it’s not really the sort of place you would go for a posh night out dining.

The food, however, is first class.

ant ant 10:17 am 19 Mar 09

Is The Lobby and Hill Station still open? Those two were always good for special dinners, with the nice atmosphere, quiet service and reliable food.

Astro, interested in your picnic!

Disposable Disposable 10:09 am 19 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

Disposable said :

I have heard great stuff about Rocksalt but checked their menu and didn’t find anything I could eat, I’m very high maintenance. After reading that I will definitely give them a go.

What do you mean by this, can we have a clue?

It means I have special dietary requirements.

astrojax astrojax 10:05 am 19 Mar 09

+1 iori, ruby. it is a little expensive by the time you have enough of their dishes to satisfy the desire to try so much of their menu, plus the sake, which is de rigeur, but ultimately always delicious. i have heard that tasuke recently changed management and style – anyone been to try it out since? it was always the best real japanese food in town, as in, bog stock local restaurant in japan kinda place.

johnboy johnboy 9:49 am 19 Mar 09

Back on topic people.

Ruby Wednesday Ruby Wednesday 9:41 am 19 Mar 09

Iori on East Row in Civic has been a favourite of ours since we moved here a few years ago. The decor is nothing flash, but if it’s a special event you can sit in the Japanese function area, though you’re likely to be close to other diners which might not be what you want for an intimate dinner. However, the food is absolutely delicious, generously served and reasonably priced, and the green tea cheesecake is to die for. The service has never been anything less than stellar. You do need to book, however. I have seen plenty of people who just show up turned away due to being fully booked.

We had Wagyu sukiyaki set menu last time and it was really, really good.

imarty imarty 9:40 am 19 Mar 09

Coming in a bit late here but astrojax @ 14, Doyles!? That’s one place I would avoid for seafood. For a truly great seafood experience in Sydney it would have to be Pier.

Dunno about good seafood down here though.

astrojax astrojax 9:37 am 19 Mar 09

yah! (though this is the genuine nut article…)

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