Monday, May 25, 2015

Tonight's so good

How awesome was Guy Sebastian at this year's Eurovision contest in Austria?  I thought his performance was killer - go Australia!  And while I'm still not quite sure how we managed to get ourselves included - it was fantastic that we managed to come fifth overall as a wildcard entry.  The Eurovision stadium holding 11,000 people looked absolutely amazing.  I actually thought that the performances and standard of competition were pretty good this year - it's normally pretty kitsch, camp and a little bit B grade and there were still shades of that, but overall, it was a lot more sophisticated and modern.  At the very least, it always makes for entertaining viewing if you happened to catch any of it over the weekend.
Cutler and Co exterior image via bookarestaurant.com
Mr Rosanna and I celebrated our wedding anniversary over the weekend at Cutler and Co in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy and had a pretty magical night.  I'd only been there previously for drinks while Mr R has never visited.  Despite the cold, Gertrude Street was jumping as usual and it was pretty brisk walking to the restaurant from our car.  We were glad to find that we had a more intimate table up the back in the carpeted area, which I suspect they allocate to those celebrating special occasions given the amount of birthday cupcakes being distributed to surrounding tables while we were there.

Regardless, I was glad to be removed from the action in a space that was warm, comfortable and very slick - a little bit New York inside with the exposed brick, sheer curtains and dark mirrored panels.  We loved the metal table sculptures (we got the artichoke!) and oversized displays given how large the restaurant is.

Our meals and service were superb - we shared some mixed oysters before I tucked into the 'golden broth' (their version of congee) and Asian-style John Dory while Mr R had the quail followed by smoked duck breast.  The sommelier also created a special spiced cranberry mocktail for me as an aperitif, which was a great drink for a cold night and we also had complimentary amuse bouche/digestifs prior to ordering a shared meringue dessert.  It really is a lovely, ambient space which was packed when we left.

I would have loved to have had a drink at one of the neighbouring pubs (The Workers Club, The Gertrude Hotel, Builders Arms Hotel) or bars (The Everleigh above Belle's Hot Chicken, next door Bar Clarine or Radio Bar) but we had babysitters who needed to go home, and so we hot footed it back to Rosanna.

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