Incompatible food preferences – where to eat?

Dacquiri 5 February 2009 26

This is a really delicate problem and I hesitate raising it, but am doing so in the hope that others share the shame…

When I go out for a meal, I look for healthy, low-fat, low-carb food that doesn’t include red meat. 

My partner’s idea of a perfect meal is sausages, peas, carrots & cheesey-creamy mashed potatoes followed by apple pie with cream & ice cream. 

He doesn’t eat fish or pizza, doesn’t like anything with creamy sauces, and doesn’t believe that pasta is real food.

Basically, what we have is Unreconstituted Working Class Man married to vegetarian health professional. 

Suggestions for where we can go out to dinner in Canberra and both be happy? (Chairman & Yip is good, but only because they are so willing to cater to customer quirks!)


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Deckard Deckard 10:52 pm 05 Feb 09

Dacquiri said :

Dunno, but Belconnen Mall food court works on Friday nights

Hmmm, maybe go a little more upmarket – say the Canberra Centre food court.

Dacquiri Dacquiri 10:34 pm 05 Feb 09

Dunno, but Belconnen Mall food court works on Friday nights — there’s heaps of vaguely healthy options while he decides between Donut King and Ali Baba.

farnarkler farnarkler 9:58 pm 05 Feb 09

Is the family food court restaurant in Dickson still open? That used to satisfy my family’s food likes.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:21 pm 05 Feb 09

Dacquiri said :

Many thanks for the suggestions. Like the looks of Rubicon for the ‘special occasions’ category, and Charcoal might be fun for the old-school experience (am told the default option is baked potato rather than chips – ah, so ’60s!). But let me explain (re Grazing): despite a restaurant looking wonderful, having a ‘sense of place’ and serving fabulous food, Unreconstituted Working Class Man (he’s a genuine builder) is likely to dump skiploads of scorn on a menu which features anise glaze, confit, verjus, faux caviar (or faux anything), sopressa (eh?), rillettes, organic mesclun, and sumac lemon yogurt — this (and much like it, including nearly everything at top-rated places like The Lynwood Cafe) counts as ‘fuffy, pretentious food’ — and his male workmates all agree, so it’s not just him! The closest he usually gets to food heaven is Hog’s Breath (at least they’ve got salads). I wonder if restaurateurs know that so many men react this way to their pseud-sounding menus, or if they just figure that women with educated tastes make the dining-out decisions?

If it makes you feel any better, I can’t think of anything worse than Hog’s Breath, and would happily escort you to any of the other fine dining establishments you listed. 🙂

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:20 pm 05 Feb 09

phototext said :

“Mee Sing at Lyneham”

I gave up eating at Mee Sing as I got sick of getting food poisoning, but, that was years ago. So, sepi, it is good these days then ?

We have Mee Sing about once every two months I guess, including some take away earlier this week. We’re still alive and kicking. We’ve been eating there for the last three years or so, no dramas.

Free delivery if you live nearby, too.

Oddly enough, I’ve never tried their Aussie menu, but did think it would be fun to order some fish’n’chips for home delivery, haha.

Sleaz274 Sleaz274 7:40 pm 05 Feb 09

Which reminds me if the blonde in the beautiful silver 2007 Mercedes SLK who parked in Dickson Woolworths carpark the other day around 6ish isn’t married and would like to be please contact JB so he can pass on my details.

Also if the same lady would simply like her lawns mowed and pool cleaned please contact me using the same method.

gun street girl gun street girl 7:37 pm 05 Feb 09

Dacquiri, I suggest you simply confiscate the man’s menu. If he can’t read it, he can’t unload the scorn (and I daresay, he’d enjoy the food a lot more without the inbuilt bias).

Sleaz274 Sleaz274 7:37 pm 05 Feb 09

If you can afford to eat at the Chairman and Yip, then hire a cook and keep the larder stocked…job done.

Women with educated tastes…hahahahahahahha blondes in mercedes more like it.

Dacquiri Dacquiri 7:31 pm 05 Feb 09

Many thanks for the suggestions. Like the looks of Rubicon for the ‘special occasions’ category, and Charcoal might be fun for the old-school experience (am told the default option is baked potato rather than chips – ah, so ’60s!). But let me explain (re Grazing): despite a restaurant looking wonderful, having a ‘sense of place’ and serving fabulous food, Unreconstituted Working Class Man (he’s a genuine builder) is likely to dump skiploads of scorn on a menu which features anise glaze, confit, verjus, faux caviar (or faux anything), sopressa (eh?), rillettes, organic mesclun, and sumac lemon yogurt — this (and much like it, including nearly everything at top-rated places like The Lynwood Cafe) counts as ‘fuffy, pretentious food’ — and his male workmates all agree, so it’s not just him! The closest he usually gets to food heaven is Hog’s Breath (at least they’ve got salads). I wonder if restaurateurs know that so many men react this way to their pseud-sounding menus, or if they just figure that women with educated tastes make the dining-out decisions?

sexynotsmart sexynotsmart 6:32 pm 05 Feb 09

Similar story, except LoveBumps isn’t exclusively vegetarian. Every now and again she cuts loose and gnaws half a cow.

The Hellenic and Southern Cross clubs have an OK smattering of salad and omelette/frittata things.

Rama’s have some nice vegetable dishes. (Hang on – chick peas are pulses, are they vegetables?)

Street of Asia, near Good Guys in the Hyperdome, do a really nice green curry vegetables. And a good massamam beef.

The sushi train at Sizzle Bento in Woden Westfield do a good mix. If he doesn’t like “foreign muck”, this may actually be a good place. They have spring rolls (practically chiko rolls) and a tempura chicken (practically sliced chicken schnitzel with bbq sauce).

emd emd 4:58 pm 05 Feb 09

I’m a vego married to a carnivore, and we like Bite to Eat in Chifley. Great selection of both vego and meat dishes.

astrojax astrojax 4:41 pm 05 Feb 09

what phototext said…

TheScientist TheScientist 4:39 pm 05 Feb 09

watson takeaway would actually fit everything you stated at the start 🙂

niftydog niftydog 4:28 pm 05 Feb 09

Oh yeah… tell hubby the caramelised apple tart is… um… well… while thinking of an adjective I started to drool uncontrollably so… 😀

The beef fillet wrapped in bacon is… oh my!

…and they used to do the most delicious dauphine potatoes.

niftydog niftydog 4:20 pm 05 Feb 09

My semi-vego missus and I both enjoy Rubicon as a treat! And Owen and the guys will cater to specific requests as well.

Is it low carb? No idea. Tastes bloody fantastic and the service is exceptional, that’s all that matters to me!

gun street girl gun street girl 4:13 pm 05 Feb 09

Sounds like Grazing out at Gundaroo could be the go for you. They have a good selection of veggo options, plus there’s usually (gourmet style) pies and sausages in the offing, too.

http://www.grazing.com.au/

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 4:13 pm 05 Feb 09

Go to the Central Cafe in Queanbeyan. Awesome meat dishes, plus some salads also. They also do vegetarian pasta.

Mrs Berlina is a vego, which is great because it means I don’t have to compete for meat in the home.

Pot Holes Pot Holes 4:07 pm 05 Feb 09

Mcdonalds

ant ant 4:06 pm 05 Feb 09

I was going to say! Neanderthalsis, The Charcoal is a meat temple (and fish). Actually everything is of the first quality and I’d recommend it in a trice, but if the person doesn’t eat flesh, don’t go.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 4:02 pm 05 Feb 09

Go to charcoal on London Circuit, he can eat some of the best steak in the country along with veg, you can watch. I think they do a spanish omelette for the non-carnivores.

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