Thursday, June 30, 2011

Silver service.

Last week we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. Often in previous years we would off load the 2 kids to Grandma's and head off for a romantic weekend away, but since having bubba we haven't managed that yet. In fact the last time we had dinner out alone, just the two of us was exactly a year ago, because he was born the morning after our wedding anniversary. So we headed out to the swankiest restaurant in town "A'deco". Known for its high end prices and quality complicated food, my hubby has justifiably put off taking us there for many years, because he really just appreciates a decent feed of steak. However this year was big...10 years! So off we went.
When we arrived there was one family already there. I could hear the mum ordering "Now if I order the prawn dish...exactly how many prawns will there be...more than two?". The waiter tries to explain the dish.."well you see it is deconstructed.... " Her daughter says "Mum! Just order!" Yes! I thought...we are surround by other silver service virgins!

We carefully looked through the menu. My years of watching "Top Chef" helped me in the food knowledge department. We decided to go for the 5 course tasting menu...Ive always wanted to do it! At an eye watering $95 each...you won't want to do it very often!
I didn't take my camera with me...on purpose...it was our special night... okay I lie, I just didn't want to look so unclassy in such a pretentious place. ;) I kinda wish I had though...the food just looked so pretty. Maybe pulling out the line, "it's for my blog" may have got us some extras?!

So I have taken the liberty of finding a picture and editing so you can see what it looks like on the inside.

One of the waitresses was a student at the local polytech. The poor thing was so nervous, doing her first silver service placement. Hubster found it a little unnerving being constantly watched from his angle, but as soon as his water looked anywhere near 1/4 full, it was refilled very quickly. Can't fault the service. It was strange having someone lay out your napkin on your lap for you. Our cutlery was laid similar to this...
We argued between ourselves..is it work from the inside out or the other way around.. you know from that scene on the Titanic movie. The five courses were all very nice. Food there's no way you could cook at home...which is the precise reason to go out for dinner! The sizes and components of the dishes meant that we were full by the end of the night but not overfull. Overall we had a great night.

For the expense, I think what you are paying for is dinner and a show if you know what I mean. But the food was all high end produce (Tuna, eye fillet steak, pork belly) which justified the expense. I would definitly try another silver service 5 course meal again one day, maybe for another big anniversary!

10 comments:

Widge said...

Love your photo editing! Hahahaha! Yes you are indeed awesome

Mon said...

Lovely! I would love to do that, but I'm married to a man who balks at forking out for food. He'd much rather buy tools and have us eat baked beans on toast. For our wedding he suggested sandwiches on the beach so that gives you some idea.
Something you missed though...what did you have for dessert????

PaisleyJade said...

Cracking up at stick-man Les. Sounds so delicious and something I'd loooove to try oneday (if I can twist my frugal husbands arm).

jacksta said...

haha! Mon I had the delicious tirumasu dessert. Something I was looking forward to since I hadn't had a decent one before. And it was my favourite plate of the night!

Happy painter said...

I could see the swarm of mothes flying out of Les's wallet from Morningside :) No I know he was glad you twisted his arm long and hard enough. I know he would do anything for you Well most anything as long as it was value for money:)

Rachel Kate said...

:) awesome!! would love to do that one day hehe love your 'editing' skills so funnY!

Miss Becky-Boo said...

I would love to dine there and do a 5 course meal... ah well must go out and find a rich man to take me out...

Leonie said...

wow!! Posh!! I love stick man Les too ...hehe!
Alas, I have a frugal hubby too ...sounds a bit like Mon's hubby.... lol. We still haven't done anything for our 10th anniversary and we are past our 11th now.... haha.

Tall Pipi said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE A'Deco! One thing I miss about Whangarei (not that I went there a lot). Expensive but the food is AMAZING! Congratulations on 10 years.

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

Happy Anniversary and sounds like a very memorable, special (and expensive - but worth it!) way to celebrate! My hubbie and I only just got out for a meal sans children a month or two ago - with our youngest at 15 months old! It's so hard to get out! But we LOVED it too :)