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Let's Do Lunch reports

LD Lunch reports, May & June 2013 - Rosemary Ryall

On Thursday 30 May 26 LDL members had a very enjoyable meal at Gangnam Pocha restaurant in Bourke Street. The "Lunch Special" menu is all about Korean Street food. Most members scored the food, service, atmosphere, facilities and value (dishes priced under $18) as Very Good to Excellent. The only negative about this very new restaurant was the poor accoustics, although this did not interfere with the lively conversations.

Nineteen LDL members met at the Sporting Club Hotel in Weston Street, Brunswick on Friday 28 June. The Manager opened the Hotel 3 hours early to accommodate the group in the Ladies Dining Room, with an open fire providing warmth & adding to the atmosphere. The majority of the group rated the food & atmosphere as "very good" to "excellent", and the facilities, atmosphere & service were rated as "good". We were seated at 2 long tables which facilitated very lively conversation among the group. This was the first lunch for 3 members.

Below: Sporting Club Hotel

LD Lunch reports, March, April 2013

The March LDL lunch was at Ceres Cafe at the Ceres Environmental Park in East Brunswick. Seventeen members sat outside at a long table on a warm autumn day. The food was rated good to excellent and the atmosphere, service and value were rated as very good. Some members were able to ride their bikes to this cafe. 
Rosemary Ryall

In April 22 LDL members enjoyed a Special Banquet at Sung's Kitchen in Franklin Street. The food was excellent, freshly cooked dumplings and mains were a delight. Plenty of conversation among members seated at 2 large round tables attested that a good time was had by all. The service and atmosphere were excellent and the meal was very good value. The Sweet and Sour pork ribs were wonderful and I have been back again already.
Jenny Martin

Below: Sung's Kitchen

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Beachcombers Restaurant - February 2013 - Jenny Martin

On a damp Tuesday, 18 LDL members met at the Beachcombers Restaurant on the beach in St. Kilda. We welcomed three new LDL members and an existing member who enjoyed her first LDL gathering. 
The menu comprised mostly fish: two courses and a drink were served for $30, which was considered good value. My fish was delicious.The service and atmosphere were good and everyone was engrossed in conversation throughout the meal as we gazed out to sea.

LD Lunching in 2012

Report by Coordinator Rosemary Ryall

The February lunch was held at the CERES Cafe in East Brunswick. 14 members enjoyed meals ordered from the kitchen and served at a long table outdoors on a warm sunny day. On 29th March 21 members chose as much food as they wanted to eat from the buffet at the Kitchen Workshop in Crown Casino. March 29 was also Jess Southwood's 90th birthday. Jess is a regular at our lunches and is one of our founding members. April 18 was something different when 16 members enjoyed a return trip on the Tramboat from Southbank in perfect weather to Williamstown where we had time to explore the local shopping trip. An excellent commentary accompanied the trip. "Gourmet" fish & chips were served after leaving Williamstown wharf. This was a very popular trip and could be recommended for visitors. Twenty-one members gathered at the Pope Joan restaurant in Lygon Street, East Brunswick on May 24. Pope Joan was nominated as the "best cafe" in a review the Age newspaper.
The second half of the year has also been very varied. On 26 June 15 members enjoyed a shared 2 course meal at The Sharing House, an interesting new restaurant on South Wharf, a large space which includes replica Duplo blocks in the decor. July was a very different experience when 22 members gathered at the historic Seafarers Mission for a very interesting guided tour of the 100 year old building and a chilli lunch. The August lunch was replaced by the annual Winter lunch at the William Angliss Restaurant, with 10 LDL members sharing a table and an excellent lunch prepared & served by the students. We returned this year to Tibas Lebanese restaurant in Sydney Road, Brunswick on September 27 where 18 members shared a fine selection of food. On October 23, 14 members enjoyed a delicious meal at The Residential Kitchen in Lygon Street, North Carlton. Many said they would return to this restaurant & would recommend it to their friends. 
There will be lunches in both November & December and we will start again the February 2013.

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Lunches in September & October - Jenny Martin

On the 23rd of October 14 members of the LDL group visited the Residential Kitchen in North Carlton.  This was a delightful restaurant. Everyone thought the food was excellent and very reasonably price and the service was relaxed and friendly. Many members commented that they would certainly go there again and recommend it to their friends. Tony Martin took a picture of his ‘big breakfast’. 

For the LDL September outing we went back to Mr Tibas' Lebanese restaurant in Sydney Rd Brunswick. 20 of us shared a meal, the food was as good as last time with fresh tibboulah, delicious meats and salads plus many other dishes. For this place you need to have fasted for a couple of days beforehand. I will go there anytime.   

Jenny Martin, LD Lunchreviewer. 

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Pope Joan, May 2012 - Rosemary Ryall

 On Thursday 24 May, 21 members of the Let's Do Lunch group met at the Pope Joan restaurant in Nicholson Street East Brunswick on a damp, cold Melbourne day. We were seated at three tables under cover in the bar area which did not have any soft furnishings to dampen the noise levels. This did not affect the animated conversations at each table.
  Orders were taken from one table at a time to avoid swamping the kitchen. For some of us it felt like a longish wait for our food, however, we easily filled in the time catching up with old friends & new LDL members.
  Most rated the food, service and value as very good. The Pope Joan restaurant recently received the gong as the best Melbourne cafe.

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The Sharing House, June 2012 - Rosemary Ryall

The June LDL lunch was at The Sharing House restaurant at South Wharf. This is a new restaurant which recently received a good review in The Melbourne Times. The interior is a vast expanse which has many Duplo blocks on the walls, around the bar and on each table. We were seated at one long table.
  All enjoyed the Lancashire hot pot with pickled cabbage followed by Tikki Masala. Desserts were apple fruit crumble with vanilla custard followed by sticky date pudding rolled in a date puree accompanied by a delicious ice cream and caramel sauce.

  Each course was served in small dishes which were shared by three people. The servings were more than adequate and the meal was accompanied by a glass of wine. The food was delicious and the crumble mix was rated by some as the best they had tasted.
  One member commented that it was the best lunch she had been to.

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Tramboat Cruise, April 2012 - Jenny Martin

On a beautiful autumn day on April 16 LDL members went on the Tramboat Cruise on the Yarra River to Williamstown.  The tramboat is a custom built wide tram, flat bottomed boat with spacious comfortable seating , a delightful way to see the river. There was a most informative commentary throughout the return journey. Lunch at Williamstown was individual boxes of fish and chips, served up after an hour wandering around the harbour and local shops. Most people thought the atmosphere, food and facilities were excellent.  A wonderful day out.

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Kitchen Workshop buffet, March 2012 - Jenny Martin

Twenty LDL members met at the Kitchen Workshop buffet at Crown Casino on Thursday 29 March. Most found the food and the ambience were excellent.  Food was served buffet style, and replaced often so it tasted freshly cooked, the roasts were delicious and carved to requirements. The cost was extremely reasonable and you could eat as much as you wanted. The cost was extremely reasonable. The orange steamed pudding was a triumph. Many members returned to the dessert section to taste a number of the delicious options that were available. I was grateful for the stroll back along Southbank to the station.