T and I did the exact same thing for our anniversary this year that we did in 2010: dinner at a fancy restaurant, and a massage (him) and facial (me).
To be honest, I don’t especially care for fine dining. Give me downhome ethnic (especially if it’s southeast Asian) any day. Dine is the restaurant of bigtime chef Peter Gordon, however, and I was curious as to what it would turn out.
Course 1: Ricotta tortellini doused in insanely sweet honeyed sauce. Reminiscent of baklava. Not unpleasant, necessarily, but certainly a novel flavour pairing.
Course 2: Dahl in inari wraps with kumara salad, spinach and cauliflower raita – very Westernised, but palatable. He had fish and chips, aka, snapper with freshly made chips, and asparagus – simple and satisfying.
Course 3: Three-cheese cheeseboard. Nothing good to say about it, unfortunately – not even the biscotti-like bread, served both toasted and fresh.
The surroundings were stunning:
And the service was on par with the decor. I’m not used to making small talk with staff.
Then downstairs to East Day Spa, where I promptly dozed off during my treatment. Just a pity we didn’t get to use the jacuzzi, or even the shower:
Best of all, it only cost $9.50; I had a $350 gift voucher I got from my old job to use up, which paid for the dinner and spa package, plus a glass of whiskey on top.