03 November 2010
Kingsleys Blogger Dinner and The Re-Visit
I will admit that the first emotion I felt when I was invited to the Kingsleys Dinner – was fear.
I had written a not very flattering post about them late last year and secretly wondered if the dinner invitation was just a clever ruse and I would be unceremoniously kneecapped in the carpark.
But I shouldn’t have been so cynical – it was an amazing dinner – but as I said to my Mother-in-Law on the way in – it’s hard to judge a Restaurant at one of these dinners as they go "all out".
The food is sensational, the service perfect and everyone is on their best behavior. So while it’s great to get an insiders view of the Restaurant – I tend to reserve my judgment for when I go back as a paying customer.
A quick run down on the dinner?
It was great. No holds barred – the food was better than I could ever have expected.
The mixed entrée plate was absolutely divine, creative and perfectly executed.
After the bloggers dinner – we had pretty much already decided that we would have the Alaskan King Crab again… but as is always the case, we ended up ordering much more. The entrée size Crab became a Main size, coupled with Crab Cakes, Beetroot and Feta Salad and Warm Ciabatta Bread. Oops...
Let's start with the bad. There were 2 faults with our lunch.
1. There wasn’t enough butter for the bread. Maybe for normal people – but not for two women – one who hails from Dairy Farmer ancestors and the other who is chanelling her inner French Woman.
2. We found out after we ordered that the entrée sized Crab claws come preopened – presumably by some wildly considerate Chef with an angle grinder. The Main Course version doesn’t. So unless you are happy to really get your hands dirty… I would recommend the entrée… but order 2 of them.
That was it.
The Crab was perfection – once we got it out of the shells anyway. After MIL proclaimed that she was having a “Food-Gasm” – we lost our poor, innocent Waiter who blushed so hard I thought his face might explode. (He was quickly replaced by a more worldly looking Waitress who took us in her stride.)
The Crab cakes were very generous on the crab, and also on the chilli, crunchy chunks of spring onion and a mouth watering panko crust. Delicious.