For my recent absence.
It is that time of year where lawyers have to do lots of working lunches and dinners. This week I have already been to the Italian and Tutto Bene. Today I am off for what The Brooding Architect calls a “girl power” lunch at one of my favourites, Red Spice Road.
Sadly, while I am doing lots of eating, in the interests of preserving my anonymity at work, I have not been able to take any photos or make notes in my trusty Moleskine. So I will just have to give you a brief summary of the highlights and the low lights:
- With its red leather booths, timber floors and white linen table cloths – The Italian is the perfect combination of classy and ‘man-ly’. Think the sort of place Don Draper would take you to.
- The food at the Italian is also exceptional. In an effort to do the ‘healthy’ working lunch I ordered the freshly shucked oysters with shallot vinegar dressing and fresh lemon and the whole baby barramundi cooked on the flat grill with lemon and oregano. Both simple and delicious – leaving lots of extra room for that recommended daily glass (or two) of wine.
- Trying to order a post lunch espresso at the Italian is challenging. Service is very slow. It could have had something to do with the Monday lunch-time wedding going on in the courtyard though.
- Despite its name, the Italian is not adverse to hiring flame haired Scottish waiters.
- Tutto Bene likes and can deal with big groups. There were about 24 of us for dinner and we all got our meals quickly and roughly at the same time.
- Most food tastes better after a glass of bubbly and delicious Veuve Clicquot. Savour with Tutto Bene’s rosemary infused olives and toasted almonds.
- The crispy skin duck with amaretto cherries at Tutto Bene was the standout meal of the night. Make sure you get a side of roasted potatoes to soak up the jus.
- I have not even been to my lunch at Red Spice Road yet, however I assure you that I will follow my own tried and tested advice to others – order the Betel Leaf with Chicken, Spanner Crab, LemonGrass, Chilli and Kaffir Lime, followed by the Crispy Pork Belly with Chilli Caramel, Black Vinegar, Cabbage and Mint Salad.
P.S. To make up for my dismal posting, I have sent The Doctor on a mission for some “food porn” shots straight from New York City, so expect some far less punctuated guest posts soon.