Outrageous Corkage.

Pandy 1 August 2007 42

Well WIN news reported that there is an email campaign going around hitting back on the corkage price @ Cipriani Restaurant in Kennedy St, Kingston


Chef Alex Tinelli claims to be a two star Michelin rated, offering fine dining.

I was unable to check on their online menu prices since their web site is down.

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Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 6:51 pm 01 Aug 07

You can see their wine list with some creative google caching. Seems to be the standard “charge double the bottle shop price, and the some” pricing structure. This page says it’s $6 corkage, not $20, with mains up to $29.90. Pretty reasonable for a Balmain bug and crab lasagne.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 6:52 pm 01 Aug 07

Then some, even.

Pandy Pandy 7:16 pm 01 Aug 07

WIN said it used to be $6 corkage.

skaboy12 skaboy12 8:03 pm 01 Aug 07

Well I would call bullshit. The chef is full of crap about the Michelin stars. The Michelin Guide website states that they only review restaurants in Europe and North America.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 8:56 pm 01 Aug 07

I guess what you spend on corkage would really depend on what you get for your money. I’ve paid more than twice that in Melbourne when we enjoyed three bottles of Penfold’s Bin 95 at Langton’s a few years back – for the money we got Reidel glasses (changed for each new bottle) and decanting – reasonably good value considering.

Having recently experienced an evening at Cipriani in Kingston (not a patch on the original – and still the best – Cipriani in New York) I can only assume that the Michelin stars were awarded in the “greasy spoon / road house” category because the whole affair sucked arse – from the inattentive service, to the poorly prepared, ill-conceived and crapily presented dishes, the wine list that was out of date/stock (to the extent that we had to settle on our fourth preference , the first three choices being inexplicably ‘out of stock’!) and capped off with a waiter that ignored us at the end of the meal to the extent that we were actually considering ‘doing a runner’ because he seemed so disinterested in preparing our bill …. $20 corkage …. Tell ‘im his dreaming!

Mess Mess 12:32 am 02 Aug 07

Give me a chicken schnitty at the club any time. What do I care about Michelin stars. Let the taste buds decide.

Mess Mess 12:34 am 02 Aug 07

Although Skaboy, I would say that chef gave up his glittering career overseas to come and work in a resturant in Canberra, why that is remains a mystery. You would have to ask him.

Danman Danman 7:11 am 02 Aug 07

No point in fine sydney or melbourne style dining in canberra.

If you want canberras best – go to Rocksalt – but even Rocksalt pales in comparison to Flower Drum in Melbourne – or Bilsons or Tetsuyas or Rockpool or Quay in Sydney.

If you pay over $30 for a main in canberra you are getting rorted.

As a qualified chef I have sensible grounds for these opinions.

Plenty of good places to eat in Canberra – but expecting an experience more qualified for Sydney Melbourne or even Europe – canberra can only go as far as charging the same – but delivering quite less.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 8:07 am 02 Aug 07

My advice is if you don’t like it don’t go there. No point whinging about it. And it is a privately owned restaraunt so theoretically they can do whatever they want in terms of charging can’t they??

Thumper Thumper 8:23 am 02 Aug 07

Simple, don’t go there as AD suggests.

he can ask $100 for corkage as far as i’m concerned, as long as it’s well advertised.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:45 am 02 Aug 07

I almost never eat in those types of restuarants anyway, because I don’t see the value. Expensive corkage does nothing to change this view.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 8:46 am 02 Aug 07

I’m prepared to pay over $30 for a main in Canberra, Danman – but it had better be worth it. Sage, Anise et al charge over $30, but I’m happy to fork over that kind of dosh, as it compares favourably with what I’ve eaten in Sydney and Melbourne (yep – the service too).

bonfire bonfire 9:05 am 02 Aug 07

i second mr shab.

canberra has access to teh raw ingredients, and has soem fine venues. marry teh two and you could ask those prices.

ciprianis is a joke.

20 bucks corkage ?

id not go there based on that alone.

niftydog niftydog 9:15 am 02 Aug 07

Rocksalt Canberra’s best? You don’t get out enough!

Rubicon gets my vote.

Thumper Thumper 9:17 am 02 Aug 07

Website down hey?


Danman Danman 9:28 am 02 Aug 07

Niftydog – as you are entitled to your opinion – so am i.

Do I have to preceed everything with “In my opinion” – can it not be assumed that because I say it that it is my opinion ?

McDonalds is surely several canberra residents favourite restaraunt – that does not mean its mine.

Se where I am heading champ ?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:38 am 02 Aug 07

Interesting that you could bring a $25 bottle of wine (say, the Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling 2005), pay the $20 corkage, and it’d still be cheaper than what they charge on their wine list for the same bottle ($49.50).

toriness toriness 10:52 am 02 Aug 07

a friend of mine recently went to book a group dinner at water’s edge and was sent the most outrageous set of terms and conditions i have EVER seen or heard about for a restaurant ever – including 50% paid at time of booking and the remaining 50% paid 2 weeks prior to the night of the meal. wtf?!

toriness toriness 10:53 am 02 Aug 07

sorry i realise that was a comment not to do with the thread intent but the discussion about fine dining in canberra made me think of it.

Sasha Sasha 1:37 pm 02 Aug 07

Danman, as a qualified chef, where other than Rocksalt (where I assume you work) would you recommend we dine. What do you think of Courgette or Chairman Yip, for example. Any other tips would be much appreciated.


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