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Pollies’ haunts

By johnboy 28 September 2006 27

With Parliament returning soon where’s a good place to go spotting these rare birds?

Parliament House of course, the Griffith shops Vietnamese Retaurant, the Holy Grail, any other suggestions?

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Pandy 8:24 pm 28 Sep 06

Where do the gay members hang-out?

Cityboy 8:11 pm 28 Sep 06

You could find Dick Adams at any of Canberra’s all you can eat buffets

terubo 1:53 pm 28 Sep 06

And Mar’n Ferguson, linguist extraordinaire and sometime pasta gourmand, has been seen reciting difficult phrases from the menu in Santa Lucia.

terubo 11:27 am 28 Sep 06

Probably because the chef there is Lefteros Keftedes.

emd 11:23 am 28 Sep 06

About a year ago, spotted Democrats and ALP senators dining together at the Greek place downstairs from Greater Union Manuka. Have spotted pollies there a few times (mostly lefties).

terubo 11:09 am 28 Sep 06

Sen. Ray has been observed – from a safe distance – brandishing the cutlery in Cipriani.

bonfire 10:40 am 28 Sep 06

kim beazley has said his favourite food is KFC

kimba 10:19 am 28 Sep 06

Ottoman is now in Barton in that old purpose built public-service cafeteria building. Portia’s is certainly the place to go pollie-watching.

Thumper 10:17 am 28 Sep 06


reminds me of George Harrison’s Beatles song, ‘Piggies’

“Everywhere there’s lots of piggies living piggie lives,
You can see them out to dinner with their piggies wives,
clutching forks and knives,
to eat the bacon”

But in this case, maybe pork, as in a barrel, or a sheep…

Danman 10:02 am 28 Sep 06

If they ate at Oasis snack bar in Fishwick they could wined – dined and err cough cough – all for nix

simto 9:56 am 28 Sep 06

Well, when other people are paying for your food, it makes sense to dig in and enjoy as much of it as possible…

Not that I’m suggesting that all pollies and press gallery types are wined and dined all over the place – but a fair few of ’em are.

terubo 9:41 am 28 Sep 06

He’s not the only one, Thumper,
Portly frames abound amongst these people. Press Gallery types too, I might add.

Mr_Shab 9:03 am 28 Sep 06

I don’t think the Atlantic ever got its mojo back after James Mussilon left and opened Aubergine.

The Ottoman is now in Barton, just back from King’s Ave.

Thumper 9:00 am 28 Sep 06

Bomber looks as if he’s eaten a sheep….

Danman 8:47 am 28 Sep 06

Additionally (I should not rush posting) Atlantic was not all that old a building.
I remember when I was a 1st year at the Village Chef in Manuka (Circa 1997) and watched them build the Atlantic building. Wonder why they buldozed it ? It always seemed busy – but then in my experience – a lot of restaraunteurs have poor money management.

Danman 8:44 am 28 Sep 06

Ottoman moved locations – the old place it was is called Verve – but ottoman still exists somewere inner south (anyone got a location?)

Ralph 8:43 am 28 Sep 06

Yes I understand Beazley is a regular customer of Charcoal Grill.

Pandy 8:41 am 28 Sep 06

And i thought that they sold out the Ottoman?

Mr_Shab 8:36 am 28 Sep 06

I gather The Charcoal Grill is pretty popular with the older frontbenchers. I saw Kimbo there one night.

Danman – the Atlantic is gone, gone, gone. Not only is the restaurant gone, but the building is as well!

Alice Russel-Wallace 8:34 am 28 Sep 06

Portia’s Place in Kingston. It’s always fun counting the number of bottles of vino any given pollie or staffer will put away during the course of an evening.

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