Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A long, lazy lunch for Beany

Today, Beany, my baby sister-in-law turned 21 and to celebrate this momentous occasion we decided that a lovely lunch in Balmoral was called for. So after Beany and CK (my Mother-in-law) collected me from The Office, we headed straight for the Public Dining Room along the Esplanade.

The Public Dining Room is a gorgeous space. It is open and light with a design and colour scheme that felt almost Scandinavian - beautiful natural wood floors, dark metal and glass features and white on white furniture. Bursts of colour in the form of structured flower arrangements complimented the design beautifully.

When we arrived we were seated at a table by the window which allowed us a gorgeous view of Balmoral Beach and the waters of Middle Harbour. Although the weather was overcast with a few grey clouds in the sky, it certainly didn't spoil the scenery.

After raising a glass of Pol Roger to Beany, our shared entrees arrived, cheese stuffed zucchini flowers (the best I have ever had!) and prawn ceviche with flat bread. Following that delicious start, we all opted to continue with the seafood theme. I feasted on a risotto of moreton bay bug and peas, Beany enjoyed a delicious grilled king fish and MiLaw enjoyed a delightfully scented bouillabaisse of scallops, prawns, mussels, spanner crab and fish. Whilst the desert menu was really tempting, we restrained ourselves with the consolation that a birthday cake would be ready for eating after the family dinner in the evening. The only difficult thing about such a lovely lunch for me, as the only one who didn't have the day off, was having to head back to The Office for the afternoon!

Lucky for me though, the afternoon passed quickly enough and Eady and I headed over for Beany's 21st dinner with the rest of the clan. Being a school night, everyone was very well behaved and the motto of the night was "Quality over Quantity".

Mission accomplished.

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