Dining out in July and August

Our resident restaurant reviewer provided the following review of the July and August meeting venues.

July’s choice was Chinese/Malay cuisine. We gathered at the Iron Chef Chinese & Malaysian Restaurant at U11/ 93 Mawson Pl, Mawson.

We had dined there several times and were looking forward to an excellent meal again. And we were not disappointed. They have a wonderful menu range – you can check for yourself on their website. Their menu includes hot or cold drinks and alcohol is available.

You should see their large Malaysian menu; it alone is worth a visit. So, as usual, the group looked forward to the Banquet. There are two banquets.

All of us selected the banquet for $38.00. A small cost for an excellent meal of:-
Entrée – Spring roll ((Vietnamese so no pork in them), and Curry puffs
Mains – Honey prawns, Stir fried fish fillets with ginger, Shan Tung lamb, Fried bean curd, mushrooms and vegetables. Special Fried rice and Steamed rice.
And for dessert, Lychees with ice cream followed by tea or coffee.

No dish descriptions this time – I can’t think of enough compliments to describe them. What a meal! After the feast I don’t think anyone could eat any more. The staff are wonderful and so friendly and helpful.

The comments were all the usual compliments. Fantastic! Not too spicy! Great, Satisfying, Excellent and so forth.

We all had an excellent time and very much enjoyed the food. We will definitely be back there again, the sooner the better.

August’s choice was Turkish cuisine. We gathered at Turkish Grill at 20 Gartside St, Wanniassa.

We had dined there several times and were looking forward to an excellent meal again. And we were not disappointed.

This restaurant also offers take away. They may not be a large restaurant, but with their service and cooking levels I am sure they will need to move to larger premises sometime. To put it mildly, the service and food is fantastic.

An example of their service – I had booked for seven people and we had two more people turn up at the last minute. No problem as far as the staff were concerned; another table appeared, was set and chairs provided.

Our group nearly always goes for the banquet. Once again that was the choice of the night. Their banquets are designed to satisfy as few as two persons. The more persons, the more food is offered, with choices regarding individual selections. There are six different banquets or options you can choose from. We chose option 6 which has is good for 8 persons. With more than 8, extra dishes were included (for example with the dips). (How did they know our group loves dips so much, especially the beetroot of which we had two separate dishes.)

What a meal! I am not going into details of everything they have, other than broadly as I don’t have the space. Dips with Turkish Bread, Zucchini Balls, Potato Balls, Chicken, Skewers, Lamb, and Pide. No Turkish meal is complete without the Pide. Please go to their website and check for yourself. You can order any sort of a meal from their wide selection in the menu. Please go online and check out the good tastes awaiting you.

More of the help staff provide – they can give you description of what is in what. For example, by husband has an allergic reaction to pork. One of the Pides filling is Salami. My brain goes into gear being wary. But there was no need for me to worry as our waiter assured us that Turkish Salami does not include pork. We did order this, and they were right. No pork and the Pide was lip-smacking good.

No-one got around to ordering a dessert, as we were all too full. A shame really because they have excellent desserts. See their menus online.

And if you are unable to finish a dish, they will supply carry-home containers so you can finish enjoying your meal the next day. Now that is Service!

The comments were all complimentary Wow! Not too spicy! Great, Satisfying, Excellent and “Do you think I could offer the chef free accommodation if he cooks me a meal once a week?”

We all had an excellent time and very, very much enjoyed the food. We will definitely be back there again. And in the meantime, I think I can convince my husband to take me back there for my birthday later in the year. Mmmmm!

The Canberra Science Fiction Club usually meets twice each month. The first Thursday is a General Meeting and on the third Thursday members, friends, family or guests can gather together to talk and eat at a restaurant. Each person pays for their own choice of meal. Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to belong to the club to join in. The only requirement is that you notify the Secretary at least two days before attending the dinner.



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