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Thursday, April 24, 2008
So many restaurants, so little time to write about them!
Just letting you all know there are plenty of reviews to come. I've recently been working 7 days, finding it hard to make time to write about the places I have been eating at.

Its not all bad news though. I do have this weekend off (the whole LONG weekend) so there is plenty for me to post about.

I have recently returned to Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons, which is becomming more popular by the day. I also went back to the Bistro Guillaume bar on Tuesday for a full dinner with friends, which was sensational, especially the fish. I also have plenty to say about the other big French name at Crown, the Brasserie by Phillipe Mouchel, which I feel is better than ever. Tonight I am visiting Tempura Hajime so you can be expecting a review on that experience, and if time persists I may also write up some of my local restaurants.

Until later, happy eating!

  posted at 7:05 AM  

At April 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM, Blogger thanh7580 said...

So little time indeed Jon. You should add to that "So many restaurants, so little money" as well I reckon hahaha.

I really look forward to your Tempura Hajime review as that is another place I really want to go to, but just the booking time has put me off. How long did you have to wait to get a booking?

Another place that seems to have a waiting queue of a mile is The Press Club. I rang them again recently and the first table they have free on a Sat isn't until the start of July. Can you believe that? Wow, the Melbourne dining scene is alive and well.

At April 25, 2008 at 10:49 AM, Blogger thanh7580 said...

Oh another thing, I might be going to GAS this Sunday. Can you suggest a few dishes?

At April 25, 2008 at 6:54 PM, Blogger Jon! said...

Hey Thanh,

Yes, a lack of time and money. I try my best though. Tempura Hajime was amazing. Such an intimate and sensual dining experience. I will get up another review for GAS some time tommorow. The enzo salami was really great and if you like prawns the gambaretti are not to be missed. I really liked the look of a crumbed pork cutlet as well - friends are raving and the pastas I have tried have all been very good: simple, but well prepared. It seems that most of the menu is really good. If you go though please arrive early or you can expect a really long wait - probably 1 hour plus.

At April 25, 2008 at 7:16 PM, Blogger Jon! said...

btw> Tempura Hajime now only takes bookings 4 weeks ahead so you are probably looking at close to 4 weeks. The chef said to me that it is a good idea to call in and see if there are any cancellations, as you can often get lucky and score a seat :) I'm shocked with The Press Club wait, I recalled waiting a couple of weeks for a mid-week booking.

At April 25, 2008 at 9:13 PM, Blogger thanh7580 said...

Thanks for the suggestions for GAS.

I guess one way to combat long booking times is to not take bookings at all, like GAS. That would be fine if you don't mind where you eat, or can wait. But if you are trying to plan something with lots of people, not being able to assure a booking could end up with lots of disappointment for everyone. Each has its pros and cons I guess.

The Press Club had seating on a Sunday if I waited two weeks. But some friends can't make Sunday and Saturday is the best option. But a whole three months wait is really really stretching the planning skills of everyone.


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