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Too much tucker in Canberra restaurants?

By johnboy - 22 September 2008 25

The Herald Sun’s Chris Wallace has found an un-named restaurant critic to slag off Canberra restaurants in comparison with the glories of Melbourne:

    A national restaurant critic has just marked Canberra restaurants down for not quite meeting Melbourne’s pre-eminent standard. Serving size was the damning evidence.

    Every food snob knows the implicit fine dining equation: small serves signal high quality. Too much was slapped on the plate in even the best national capital restaurants, the critic said, for Canberra cuisine to be taken seriously.

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Too much tucker in Canberra restaurants?
tylersmayhem 3:31 pm 22 Sep 08

@Loquaciousness: I agree 100%!

Loquaciousness 2:55 pm 22 Sep 08

I’ve said it before on RA, and I’ll say it again – I’m a big fan of tasty, quality, well-prepared food. The Melbournites can keep their stack-and-drizzle little things any day. I want to eat it not take a photo of it.


caf 2:46 pm 22 Sep 08

Primal, for some people the primary role of a restaurant is to provide an experience that they enjoy. For such people, spending $300 on a small-but-perfectly-formed restaurant meal is no different to others spending a similar amount on, say, Formula 1 tickets, or a night at the theatre. It’s about the experience rather than the calories – if you’re going to a fine dining restaurant purely for the nutrients, then I dare say you’re missing the point.

Primal 2:39 pm 22 Sep 08

The primary role of a restaurant is to fill my stomach. When you do not understand this, you should stop trying to be a restaurant critic.

justbands 11:03 am 22 Sep 08

> Canberra dining is utter, utter rubbish

I’m guessing you’re eating in the wrong places. I’ve had better meals here than anywhere. I’m more of the opinion that individual restaurants are different, rather than “Melbourne good, Sydney bad” generalisations. Would a great chef from Melbourne who moved to Canberra suddenly start cooking crap food?

Whatsup 10:59 am 22 Sep 08

If that was the worst thing he could complain about then that is a real credit to our local restaurants. Take it as a compliment ! He clearly had to find something negative to appease the Melbourne readers.

cmdwedge 10:59 am 22 Sep 08

Canberra dining is utter, utter rubbish. That we put up with such substandard food, drinks and service is beyond me.

Melbourne dining is miles ahead of Sydney, and lightyears away from Canberra.

Stop putting up with rubbish, fellow Canberrans!

gun street girl 10:42 am 22 Sep 08

Similarly, everybody knows that real journalists don’t write for the Herald Sun. What next – an expose of Canberra restaurants on Today Tonight?

Granny 10:35 am 22 Sep 08

C’mon people, everybody knows that a true celebrity would never deign to eat more than one artistically placed lettuce leaf ….

When it comes to food, Canberra just can’t cut the mustard.

Spectra 10:28 am 22 Sep 08

Wankers. If you’re going to judge food quality based on inverse serving size, I would submit that you’ve missed the point. That’s like judging wine by its price (in which case I’ve got some extremely expensive wine to sell you at a generous discount). How about judging it by…say…it’s taste and presentation? Or is that getting too complex? Is all that’s required to be a food critic these days a set of scales and a ruler?

jennybel75 10:27 am 22 Sep 08

What a ‘tard!

S4anta 10:24 am 22 Sep 08

I thought Chris Wallace was a free lancer matey?

peterh 10:22 am 22 Sep 08

maybe the critic should remove their stomach staple???

Holden Caulfield 10:13 am 22 Sep 08

“Every food snob knows the implicit fine dining equation: small serves signal high quality. Too much was slapped on the plate in even the best national capital restaurants…”

…except in the Parliamentary dining room. 😉

justbands 10:06 am 22 Sep 08

Huh? Are servings were too generous?

I’d submit a slightly edited version…

“Every normal person knows the implicit fine dining equation: people who actually expect small serves & think that a generous serve is bad are suffering high wankery.”

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