Fancy Dinner – est

Recently, I was granted a surprising bonus from work.  I was keen to save it all, but the BF encouraged me to celebrate.  So I decided to go out for dinner at est, a two hatted restaurant.  Of course, on a 42C day!

Due to the heat, this was lunch:

Salad for lunch... Who am I? Where's Sarah?

Salad for lunch… Who am I? Where’s Sarah?

A joke made by someone else... but I appreciate it!

A joke made by someone else… but I appreciate it!

Hot hot hot

Gown selfie

Gown selfie

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Simple beauty

Cut glass - retro cool

Cut glass – retro cool

Elderflower and lime cocktail - perfect for summer

Elderflower and lime cocktail – perfect for summer

Quirky cutlery

Quirky cutlery

Snapper salad with garlicy leaves

Snapper salad with garlicy leaves (sorry for the blur!)

Mr Mushroom consomme

Mr Mushroom consomme

Morteon Bay Bug with vegemite stripe - jokes.  Pretty ho hum on tast

Morteon Bay Bug with vegemite stripe – jokes. Pretty ho hum on tast

Pork that he rated the highest

Pork that he rated the highest

We picked the same mains - Wagyu.  YUM!

We picked the same mains – Wagyu. YUM!

Statement passionfruit souffle

Statement passionfruit souffle

Chocolately stuff.!?

Chocolately stuff.!?

There was some other sweeties to finish – a jelly square (tart), a macaron each with caramel between the layers and a log of chocolate.

The service was a little patchy.  Inconsistent wait staff, and busy.  We saw a few snafus too, bringing out dishes when people were AWOL, or our desserts came out, almost went to the wrong table, and then doubled back to the kitchen before coming to us.  est is part of the Meirvale chain of everything (bars, restaurants etc) and I think that’s probably their undoing.  Nothing was horrible, but it wasn’t top shelf either.  I sound so hoity toity, but I suppose I’ve come to expect the high prices as much for great food, as world class attentive service too.

This entry was posted in Fine Dining, Food

6 Responses

  • Looks yummy but I too would expect top notch service. The cocktail looks tempting.

    And your gown is gorgeous! Very stylish.

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  • After all your travels it would be hard not to compare service to overseas! And Australian restaurant prices are so high that it's also hard not to expect very high standards. It does look lovely though (and nice to have a chance to get dressed up!)

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  • Congrats on your bonus! If it were 43 degrees here, a state of emergency would be declared 🙂 The food was beautiful – I loved the flowers!

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  • I love it when people take pictures of their food in restaurants. I think it's a compliment to the chef and they don't even get to see you doing it. 🙁
    They would love it. Someone should tell them, "There's another girl taking pictures of your food out there."
    And when you took pictures of the silverware, I had to laugh.
    Everything looked DELISH!!

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  • P.S. Congrats on the bonus from work and you look AMAZING in your dress!

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