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.

-SH

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March Turkish delights

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.

The Secretary has pre-selected the restaurants for this year and the cuisines are varied – Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Nepalese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese, just to name a few.  Most restaurants have a banquet as well as a normal menu.

March choice was Turkish cuisine. We gathered at the Turkish Delight at 5 Weedon Close Belconnen. Many attendees had dined there last year and were looking forward to an excellent meal again. We were not disappointed.

According to the sign outside, this restaurant is under new management. 10 of us attended. Leigh and I were the first to arrive and there seemed to be a little confusion at first. (We were not the only group booked.)

The quality of the food has not changed – it is still excellent. As far as we could tell, the menu was unchanged. 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.

As usual, we looked forward to our the Banquet. All 10 of us selected the banquet for $35.00. A small cost for an excellent meal of:-

  • Turkish bread with the usual 4 dips (Beetroot, Carrot Cucumber and Hummus)
  • Cheese roll (Feta, parsley and dill) and Zucchini balls.
  • Pide (Turkish pizza)
  • Kofta (lamb and beef meatballs)
  • Iskander Kebab (Beef slices with tomato sauce, garlic and yoghurt)
  • Sis Tavuk (marinated chicken pieces on skewers)
  • All served with rice and salad.
  • A wonderful desert of Turkish Delight and Baklava.
  • And Hot Apple Tea served to complete the meal.

What a meal! The comments were all complimentary (like A1! Great, Satisfying, Excellent and so forth) – except for one small note. The person who was last to take their share of salad found the salad have a little too much oil dressing for their liking. (This may have been only because the oil had settled in the bottom of the bowl by then.)

Everybody had a excellent time and very much enjoyed the food. We will definitely be back there again.

-SH

February Fortune dining

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.

The Secretary has pre-selected the restaurants for this year and the cuisines are varied – Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Nepalese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese, just to name a few.  Most restaurants have a banquet as well as a normal menu.

February’s choice was Chinese – we gathered at the Fortune Cookie at the Melba shops.  Many attendees had dined at the there last year and were looking forward to an excellent meal again.  We were not disappointed.

This restaurant is amazing.  The staff is friendly and willing to alter dishes if needed. (One of us had a pork allergy and they were happy to substitute chicken for pork in the San Choi Bow.)

Their menu has seventeen classifications for the food – Signature dishes, Entrees, Soups, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Duck, Chicken, Seafood, Prawns, Squid, Scallops, Omelettes, Tofu, Vegetables, Noodles and Rice.  They also have a Banquet for 2-5 people or for 6+ diners. And a separate Dessert menu.

The Banquet was chosen (just $40. per head ).  I will just describe the dishes we had.  Three entrees:- Spring Rolls, Prawn Toast and a Dim Sim type ball.   It did not take too long before these were heartily attacked and enjoyed by all.

Then the main dishes were served:-

– San Choi Bow (the meat and spices served in a lettuce leaf),

– Peking Shredded Beef,

– Pepper Fillet Steak Hotpot,

– King Prawns with Ginger and Shallot,

– Stir Fried Seasonal Vegetables with Tofu,

– Boneless Chicken with Lemon Sauce,

– Mongolian Lamb,

– Yeong Chow Rice (a fried rice) and plain Jasmine Rice.

This provided a pleasantly balanced meal with no chillies.  Strangely most conversations ceased as everyone tucked in.  I think the most popular dish was the Hotpot.

And to finish off – a Dessert of the day.

Two of the diners elected to order separately – a single entree and main, but also followed up with a dessert.  They were not disappointed in their choices either.

Drinks available included the usual selection of water, wines, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Everybody had a excellent time and very much enjoyed the food.  We will definitely be back there again.

-SH

Meetings

These are the CSFS meeting dates for the rest of 2018.
This list will be updated through the year with any changes of venue/date. Please check this post for the latest information.
All general meetings start at 7.00pm, at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden.
For all restaurant meetings, please email or phone the Secretary Sandra to confirm you’re attending and will need a seat to be booked.

  • March 15 restaurant meeting (RM) at Turkish Delight, Belconnen
  • April 5 GM
  • April 19 RM at Flavours of India, Woden
  • May 3 GM
  • May 17 RM at Ethiopia Down Under, Pearce
  • June 7 GM
  • June 21 RM at Thai Ayutthaya, Belconnen
  • July 5 GM
  • July 19 RM at Iron Chef, Mawson
  • August 2 GM
  • August 16 RM at Turkish Grill, Wanniassa
  • September 6 GM
  • September 20 RM at Hellenic Club, Woden
  • October 4 GM
  • October 18 RM at Cisco’s Mexican, Kingston
  • November 1 GM
  • November 15 RM at My’s Vietnamese, Weston
  • December 6 Annual General Meeting
  • December 20 RM at Saffron, Kingston

Hungry Buddha

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.

The Secretary has pre-selected the restaurants for this year and the cuisines are varied – Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Nepalese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese, just to name a few. Most restaurants have a banquet as well as a normal menu.

January’s choice was Nepalese – we gathered at the Hungry Buddha in Belconnen. Many attendees had dined at the Hungry Buddha in Curtin (before they moved to Belconnen) and were looking forward to an excellent meal. The Banquet menu was chosen (just $35. per head). I won’t go into the Nepalese name for each dish, just describe the dishes.

Four entrees were provided:-
– Steamed chicken dumpling with homemade tomato pickle,
– Corn kernels sautéed with authentic Nepalese spices,
– Spicy peanut salad with lime, tomato and onion sauce, and
– Tender chicken fillets sautéed with chilli flakes, diced capsicum and onion.
It did not take too long before these were heartily attacked and enjoyed by all.

Then four main dishes were served. These were accompanied by Rice, Naan bread, Raita and Pickles:-
– Lentils flambé with cumin, coriander, a touch of chilli and cooked with Himalayan spices and tossed with herb jimmu (or jimbu),
– Nepalese style vegetable (mild) curry of cauliflower, carrot, zucchini, peas, potatoes, bamboo shoots and other seasonal vegetables,
– Boneless chicken cooked in exotic Himalayan spices, and
– Village style bone-in goat with flavours of fenugreek, cinnamon, tomatoes, bay leaves, ginger and garlic.

Drinks available included the usual selection of red or white wines. soft drinks and Lassis.

Strangely enough by the time all this was eaten, nobody seemed interested in a dessert.

Everybody had a excellent feed and very much enjoyed the food. We will definitely go back there again.
-SH