Saturday, 23 May 2009

Wicked & Pub Food

For my birthday this year, I was given 2 tickets to Wicked, the Broadway Musical. I have to say, it was a very thoughtful gift and I loved it to bits! One that I did not expect and one of the best birthday present I've had. So thank you, Guaran and Chai!

From their website:

WICKED is the untold story of the Witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

Lucy Durack played Glinda. Elphaba was Jemma Rix, probably because Amanda Harrison is performing somewhere else, taking the world by storm.

Bert Newton was the Wizard of Oz. Stuart Fisher replaced Australian Idol Anthony Callea in the role of Bog.

Spellbinding. Spectacular. And wonderfully wicked.

Loved. It.


We were a little disorganised going out to the city tonight. Part of the day was spent at the Dandenong Ranges with my parents and the kids, just kicking about the footy and eating. Then there was the house that looked like it's been hit by a cyclone, been lifted up and twirled about into the Land of Oz! I spent a good part just picking up toys and putting away things. Before I even know it, it was time to go!

I quickly threw dinner together for the boys, and got ready all in less than 20 minutes! On the way out, we realised we haven't made any reservations for a restaurant. The first one we called from the car was booked out. Uh-oh!

I flipped through the Entertainment Book and found European Bier, located conveniently at the Paris end of Colins Street and corner of Exhibition Street, just a stone's throw from the Regent Theatre. The moment I walked in I thought, oh dear! There's absolutely NO ONE having dinner at this place. Everyone's at the bar, drinking. The tables were empty. It was dark and dingy. The bartender told us to go find ourselves a table upstairs! Right-o!

Anyways. We were wickedly surprised. We ordered our food. Entre of salt and pepper squid with garden salad, char grilled scotch fillet and chicken parmigiana for mains and dessert was a sticky date and walnut cake with butterscotch sauce and a berry compote. Boy! We agreed our pub food was so darn good! The squid was tender, the meats were succulent and perfectly cooked and the flavours were excellent! Would never have thought this Ozzie pub has this much to deliver. If you don't mind the ambience, or lack of. In the end, we thought the service was OK. The bartender came over to talk to us. We didn't wait too long (possibly because we were the only ones eating) and the food came piping hot.

And their selection of beers, a little overwhelming. Somewhere like 50 different types of beer. All of which I could not pronounce.

Another great night out.

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