Yes we are celebrating monthsaries (though as you'll see below, we, or rather I've done a rather crappy job of it) which at this point is just an excuse to go out for a nice meal.. but we've more or less exhausted every single nice dinner option in our tiny town!
Heres a look back at our past monthsaries!
22 Jan, Umm I was still in Singapore :(
22 Feb, Dinner at Garagistes
This is a rather cool eatery, the restaurant is decked out in a modern, warehouse style, and the menu changes frequently, depending on the produce they secure that week/period. They are only open 4 nights a week and don't take reservations, so we went in, put our names down for a table, and went grocery shopping while waiting. I know, sexy. We eventually had our table at close to 9! grumbly tummies!
This is very unheard of in this tiny town, where people have dinner early and town clears out by nightfall! When we went again when the family visited, we had learnt our lesson, I was first in line when the doors opened!
The restaurant was very dark, and my iphone photos (save for the one of the interior I stole off the internet because mine was really too crappy) really don't do the dishes justice.
Each dish was really innovative and used ingredients in a way you wouldn't normally think to use. We were practically googling stuff throughout the entire dinner - I know, way geeky. Taste wise, it was good but I'd describe the taste as interesting rather than.. mind-blowingly good, just because of how unfamiliar each dish was to the tastebud! Plating was beautiful as you can see, I loved the heavy stoneware.
There is a choice of 2 menus, either a 3 course or a 5 course. We picked the 3 course, and I later added a dessert from the 5course menu because my 3 course one wasn't satisfying. But the pepper parfait also failed to impress. I like my desserts sweet rich and sinful!
Price wise, definitely reasonable, I think its $55 for the 3 course and $85 for the 5 course (one good thing about a small town!). The place is well known for its extensive winelist but I don't drink wine so I can't tell you about that. Everyone around us kept complimenting the sommelier on her choice of wine though!
22 Mar, I was in Singapore :S
22 Apr, Dinner at Astor Grill
Honestly, it was a meal so crappy I don't even know why I bothered posting my lousy photos (the place was too dark for the iphone to handle). I tried looking for better photos of the place online (the charming, old school ambience was the only redeeming bit) but even their restaurant website gallery has poorly taken photos :( no pride. Anyway interestingly (or maybe not quite), all the reviews I came across of the place described it as classic, Hobart iconic.. how about.. stuck in the 80s, when it started?
22 May, Dinner at home :)
Because we had bible study (its at our place), we couldn’t go out, so Elvine cooked us a steak dinner :) Lucky me!
|tsk. boys can't be bothered with presentation! He had to use our ugliest plates!|
This technique turned out to be wonderful, but because the steak was too thin (when buying steaks, ask your local butcher for a double cut so its a nice thickness) it was browned throughout. We normally have our steaks medium -rare (him) or medium (me). And so for a few days now he has bugged me to go to the butcher to get him a nice cut =_= I said I didn't want to have 2 home steak dinners in a week, so he said I could just buy him one. I can eat something else!!