Saturday, 23 July 2011

Show Day Surcharge

Kitchenslut has previously posted on the little known requirement of the ACCC for restaurants to provide a completely new menu if they wish to impose a surcharge for public holidays or Sundays. Simply notifying that there will be a percentage surcharge is not adequate for the ACCC and the actual prices must be displayed.

So it was interesting wandering home last night to see Villa Romana with their menu display taped over and imposing a hefty 15% surcharge for Show Day! There were also some quite expensive items posted on specials blackboard.

Right next to that Casa De Meze were prominently displaying "No Surcharge Upstairs" on their street sandwhich board. Apology for the poor quality of my iPhone snaps while scuttling past with a bottle of shiraz in search of the warmth of home to escape a rather chilly evening!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Lilypad stands out in Pond

Kitchenslut recently hosted his sibling, and for a time his nephew, who were off to explore our Far North waters on a diving expedition. The diving expedition with Mike Ball was a success for these recently inducted divers as was their experience in Cairns.

Contrary to popular myth blowing from the arse of a certain local Murdoch journalist, the food experience in Cairns is NOT behind comparable alternatives elsewhwere! Yes, you can find more bargains and gems and diversity in a big Capital City! That should be expected!

Kitchenslut's rellies are far more food savvy, world travelled, experienced, and sophisticated than himself. They found Cairns a great experience! There was no difference in their opinion in price or quality from Cairns to any comparable situation elsewhere. I agree!

While here we shared a Hanuman's dinner and sibling was more impressed than KS who still doesn't beieve this is a scratch on what it was when it opened. Kanpai Japanese in Shields impressed hugely and also managed to satisfy the appetite of Gen Y nephew who had flown in that evening. Lunch at 3.19 in Port Douglas has been featured in this months ABC Delicious Magazine.

Their visit coincided with the triathlon finale and much to my regret, as I hate the place, KS actually had a decent experience at Villa Romana with an Osso Bucco and polenta. It worked on a freezing night adjacent to the triathlon route. Also, a simple pea & ham soup at Mungalli Farm on a Tableland sojourn was perfect after a huge Lilypad brekkie!

Amongst all that their standouts was the breakfast at Lilypad on the left bank of Grafton St. Sibling was taken there morning after arrival and stunned by combination of quantity and quality was determined to take nephew there after he arrived. We returned to Lilypad after their diving expedition the morning before they departed. Nephew contemplated just how many eggs may have gone into the ommelette? Five he reckoned? What are their profit  margins? Who cares, just go there if you are HUNGRY!

Discovery was that the table at the back near the couunter, not the footpath, is among the best people watching venues in Cairns! Rellies have since provided a reference to other visitors and KS has been advised that Lilypad is indeed impressed that their word-of-mouth reputation has extended to Newcastle NSW.

Gold to Lilypad! A National champion! Coffee could be better?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Too many Indians not enough Cowboys?

Kitchenslut is bemusedly scratching his head on the proliferation of Indian restaurants around Cairns. Here we were thinking there was a Chinese invasion imminent, but it's Indians from corner to corner. There is a new Indian currently being fitted out on The Esplanade (where Michelangelos was).

Following a rebranding as the Bollywood Kitchen on Shields St, the Tandoori Oven has relocated to Spence just a door away from Marinades. A count of CBD Indians: Marinades; Tandoori Oven; Bollywood Kitchen; Royal India; Mother India; Spicey Bites x 2, as well as the imminent Taj on The Esplanade.

While Kitchenslut lurves a good Indian far and away our most prominent ethnic cuisine?

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