This weekend we’ve been out to celebrate our new jobs. It’s nice to be earning again. $-)
On Friday evening, straight after finishing work, we walked to our nearest pub — Club Kilsyth — for a few drinks. Unlike a traditional British Pub, it’s a large entertainment complex with separate “wings” for the restaurant area, members’ bar with nightclub, and gambling areas (horse racing and fruit machines). There’s one of these type of places in most suburbs. :-??
As guests we weren’t allowed access to the members’ bar/club, which looked quite nice, so we had the choice of the restaurant bar or the “pokies” area. We chose to sit outside, enjoying the last hour of sunshine in the smokers’ area adjacent to the pokies. It all reminded us of childhood holidays to Pontins or Butlins, where as kids we were left to our entertain ourselves in the amusement arcades.
The draught “Beez Neez” wheat beer was excellent, so we sat watching the locals shovel their wages into the machines for a few hours and then shared a half-and-half pizza on the walk home. Although we thoroughly enjoyed our first proper evening out for over four months, Club Kilsyth seemed a bit soulless. We definitely prefer the old fashioned pub atmosphere of the Oak Tree Tavern, but that’s at least half an hour further to walk. #:-s
On Saturday night we went out in search of a good curry. We had a nosey at several restaurants in Belgrave and Tecoma before deciding on the Shiraaz in Upper Ferntree Gully, which Andy and Johanne have said is quite good.
We turned up fairly early without a reservation and perused the menu over a bottle of Kingfisher — so far, so good. As those of you who have seen me demolish a “Phall” in Oldham will know, I like my curries very spicy and I’m always careful to avoid restaurants that sling coconut or almonds into dishes that are supposed to be fiery. I was quite surprised to see an Indian restaurant offering pork dishes though. 😮
Sara opted for a mushroom Jhalfrazi, which wasn’t actually on the menu but they were happy enough to make it, and I ordered a Prawn Vindaloo (with knuckle-sized Tiger prawns). We didn’t bother with starters but had some poppadums which came with a couple of unidentifiable-but-nice dips rather than the familiar red onions and mango. The main courses were truly excellent though — the basket of crispy, buttery garlic naan bread was the best I’ve had anywhere. :@)
Our only complaint, if we were being really picky indeed, was the speed of service but that was understandable due to the number of people ordering and collecting takeaways — it’s clearly a very popular place on a Saturday night. We’ll definitely be going there again, although we’ll try out the competition too in coming weeks. 🙂
Today we’ve just recharged our batteries, reading in the garden whilst listening to UK radio. A barbecue tonight — probably our 30th one since arriving — and then I need to get myself organised for a work trip to Sydney tomorrow morning. (:|