The signs were good right from the start. Myself, my wife and two teenage daughters had been seated and were waiting for our first drinks to arrive when we noticed the guitarist playing in the restaurant was really good. He was playing a usual set list of songs that most of the diners would know but even the rock ones were done in a smooth jazzy soul style. My daughters even commented that he was really good. Then out of the blue he played the jazz classic Take Five by Dave Brubeck and the version he did was masterful. The whole restaurant erupted in applause which I have never experienced before. I enquired with the manager and he is music conservatorium student which explains his prowess. Just wish I knew his name as he deserves an accolade.
Anyway, onto the food. We all had excellent meals. My wife and I had the eye fillet with mushroom risotto, crumbled goats cheese and greens, one of the daughters had one of the specials which was (from memory) pork belly with salad, chilli and cashews and the other daughter had the beef, pumpkin, haloumi and spinach salad. We ordered a side of chips and aioli to share. The service was quick and the food was fresh, beautifully cooked and presented. Serving size was generous and even without entree was a meal in itself.
For dessert, of course the females all declined mumbling about weight and calories etc so it was up to me to order the ooeey gooeey chocolate pudding with vanilla bean icecream and chocolate fudge sauce. The staff could see the writing on the wall and gave us some extra spoons and I think I was able to get a few mouthfuls of this delicious dessert before it was vacuumed up by the "no desserters".
Staff were quick and friendly both serving, clearing and refreshing drink orders.
We have visited this restaurant over several years and always found it to be good. This time, however, the great music and delicious food combined to make it a special night.
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