Where should Maelinar go if he’s a winner?

johnboy 13 February 2007 64

Maelinar, without even knowing it, has won the first two of three stages to be a Reader’s Digest sweepstake winner!

To entice him into showing interest in the process they’re inviting him (see below) to nominate where he’d like to have his celebration dinner at the expense of Reader’s Digest.

So where would you go for dinner in Canberra if someone else was paying and money was no object?

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64 Responses to Where should Maelinar go if he’s a winner?
astrojax astrojax 11:47 am 15 Feb 07

ta, danman… mea culpa.

but one thing in this thread is clear – canberra needs more restaurants!

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:18 pm 14 Feb 07

It’s a no brainer … The Ginger Room or Aubergine … everyone else is selling you short order cooking at an over inflated price. The exception is of course the Charcoal Grill if you’d prefer to savour the wonderful taste of flame grilled assorted characters from “Babe” with a decent choice of wines.

sim_m_o sim_m_o 6:06 pm 14 Feb 07

Can’t believe the lack of Julep Lounge love!. Lavender gnocchi, mmmmmm.

Ralph Ralph 4:26 pm 14 Feb 07

I think Della Piazza has one of the best wine lists in Canberra. Other than some of the wines its not exhorbitant.

simto simto 3:56 pm 14 Feb 07

Bellucis can wander towards the exorbitant – well, it’s certainly not cheap, anyway…

Maelinar Maelinar 3:46 pm 14 Feb 07

I’m not after value for money, I want exorbitant 80’s style power meal catering at an insane price.

Readers Digest is paying…

(as long as belluccis or cafe DP are exorbitant I’ll consider them – I’ve been to neither recently)

Danman Danman 3:19 pm 14 Feb 07

No one mentioned belluccis in Dickson or Caf̩ Della Piazza in Garema Р2 local industry institutions

LurkerGal LurkerGal 2:09 pm 14 Feb 07

Sigh. God Mael you are a hard driver. Ok here is my preference:

Rocksalt (1)
The rest (2) (3) (4) (5)

Danman Danman 2:05 pm 14 Feb 07

Astrojax – in response to your above comment – read the Comment by aich jay — 13 February, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

astrojax astrojax 1:08 pm 14 Feb 07

hey, no-one has mentioned ‘gourmet chicken’ next to o’malleys in civic. would the result of this poll be different after seven pints of wig and pen fine ales??


Danman Danman 12:33 pm 14 Feb 07

Quality is in the eye of the beholder i reckon – I have brickie mates who think tradies schnitty is the best feed in the world and think that restaraunts like rock salt and aubergine and all their frilly noncy poofy trimmings are far to expensive and 100% lost on them.

Perish the thought of them going to Lygon Street.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 12:15 pm 14 Feb 07

Sage all the way. Rubicon a distant (but still highly desirable) second. Anise third.

jimbocool jimbocool 12:02 pm 14 Feb 07

Ottoman 1
Aubergine 2
Ginger Room 3
Rocksalt 4
Charcoal Grill 5

Maelinar Maelinar 10:55 am 14 Feb 07

Put a Number to it LG

Rocksalt 1
Ottoman ?
Ginger Room ?
Charcoal Grill ?
Aubergine ?

This is preference voting at its best !

LurkerGal LurkerGal 10:33 am 14 Feb 07

Rocksalt Rocksalt Rocksalt Rocksalt!

Maelinar Maelinar 9:37 am 14 Feb 07

ok, here’s the scoreboard:

Rocksalt, Ottoman, Ginger Room, Charcoal Grill, or Aubergine are all safe bets. Exxy food but great service and dining.

Out of those 5 which would you score ? Ratings please !

LurkerGal LurkerGal 9:23 am 14 Feb 07

Absolutely! Wnt to Rocksalt last night – food and service was as fabulous as always.

smiling politely smiling politely 8:23 am 14 Feb 07

I’m with Ingeegoodbee on the Ginger Room at the back of OPH. The “knowledgable sommelier” is a lovely fellow by the name of Frederic – he’s a reassuring type of person that doesn’t look down at you from on high if you’re a bit shy about asking dumb wine questions. Very helpful. And I’ve found the food to be consistently excellent as well. You can see both their menu (seasonal) and wine list here – http://www.gingercatering.com.au/ginger.htm . The wine list has a good mix of local, Australian and continental European varieties – worth it if you’re looking to expand your horizons a little. If they only had more Islay whiskies as well they’d be neraly perfect….

Danman Danman 7:47 am 14 Feb 07

If you go interstate – try the Quay Restaraunt in DArling Harbour – me and Mrs Danman ate there last year.

Its a 3 chef hat restaraunt – degustation at 150 a head, wine matched = 220.

We ate a’la’carte there – cheapest bottles of wine a scant 70 bucks – entrees starting at around 25 dollars.

Very expensive – but only go there if your a chef or fine food appreciator – otherwise just go to a good cafe/restaraunt.

jemmy jemmy 12:20 am 14 Feb 07

Got to second Habib’s vote, my family took me to Alto for my birthday. You usually expect a revolving restaurant to be a tourist trap, but this was very good. Not cheap, but if someone else is paying, go for it!

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