Who has eaten at Masani in Carlton lately? I’ll call my chef cousin tomorrow but wider input would be very much appreciated. It is becoming a long trek I tell you – almost a saga. The wedding plans hit a dead stop earlier this afternoon when I found it absolutely impossible to match wedding venue with eating venue. We have now decided the two should be one and the same to accommodate for people’s comfort, their age, wet weather and transport whew!
Problems occurred when places I thought were just grand have become different – what has happened to the Botanical? And Tolarno’s has been gutted/refurbished and gone nineties bland. Tamani’s is probably still OK but on second thoughts a little too casual – that is, the complete opposite of the twee “we will ring your bells for you” at soulless Sherbrook Lodge. So, I’ve been speaking to the ‘event manager’ at Masani. I remember that restaurant from the mid eighties – good solid food and an easy fairly robust atmosphere. Has it been at all wankerised – we have found a restaurant called the ‘Red Orange’ – go figure – we are not red orange types when it comes to a family get together. Thanks Rex for the link to Le Gourmet – I think we might be earthier than that though – we’ve been in Darwin a long time you know.
If you know Masani or you can think of somewhere else that has a bit of real continuity – same owners, traditional or just somewhere you can eat and drink a fair bit of good food and wine that also has a spot with a bit of atmosphere for a quick ceremony of “I do” – please let us know. Signed the increasingly moving toward the soulless package wedding Darwinites.