Being 75 years old, I've had many fine meals. Some stand out, not only in terms of food, but in ambience, the company you are sharing, the occasion, the location, the setting, sometimes,the surprise factor, perhaps even the unusualness. For instance, huge delicious prawns piri-piri in Beira, Mozambique, succulent raspberries at Meikle's Hotel in the then-Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), snails in the same city prepared by a Belgian chef who had fled Katanga, beef cheeks in Hobart, Tasmania. Joining my memorable eclectic group is Sally's Restaurant in Russell. All the elements were in place when my wife and I -- celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with a three-week holiday in New Zealand -- happened upon Sally's Restaurant in Russell. And upon Sally, a nursery-rhyme kind-hearted grannie look-a-like running a restaurant with chef daughter Tracey who served up a superb meal that could not have been bettered. The prawn entree had a touch of chilli and garlic that complemented the prawn without overcoming.it. I've never quite believed tales of steak "melting in the mouth". Now I'm a believer. My creme broulee melted equally joyously. Add smooth service and a big dash of friendship -- little wonder I look forward to sallying back to Sally's.
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