Father’s Day lunch at St Katherine’s, Kew

We interrupt our usual blogging cycle for a very special post to celebrate Father’s Day! 

*blow whistles, throw streamers and confetti*

For our international visitors: Yes, we Aussies celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September – the way it has always been ;).

Last Father’s Day post: a lesson from my dad

As Father’s Day weekend is usually quite busy for our family (yes, this has been published by the wonders of scheduled posting), I decided to take my Dad out for lunch last Friday :).  My mum had recently had the Express Lunch option at St Katherine’s with her work mates and loved it and since my mum is not much of the foodie, I knew I had to pay attention.

Loved the patterned shadows that the sunshine created :)

Parking is a bit tricky along Cotham Road so I’d strongly suggest that give yourself plenty of time to try the side streets for parking.  Thankfully, we were early and had a space waiting for us to occupy (blessing from Heaven!) so we pushed on passed the heavy doorway exactly on time for our 12pm booking.

Very spacious with high ceilings…

We were the first customers in the door but once we were ushered to our seats, it was only in a matter of minutes that the place started to pack out!

Liked the green tin that the cutlery was kept in ^^
Love the colour scheme that carried throughout the rest of the restaurant as well…

We were given the drinks menu to peruse and since it was a special occasion, I decided to try the More than a Shirley Temple Mocktail ($7.00):

It was a mix of pomegranate juice, raspberry syrup, lime juice, ginger beer which was quite a refreshing combination.  It was just right in terms of sweetness but I felt like it had too much ice!  I suggested to my dad that he should try the apple cider which was a mistake on my part – I should have looked closer since I didn’t realised it had alcohol (which my dad doesn’t drink at all!).  Poor dad was worried that he shouldn’t be driving afterwards and so a significant amount of our lunch conversation involved a discussion of standard drinks and alcohol driving limits lol!  *sigh* A lunch to remember and not just for the food, I guess? :)

We had already informed the staff that we were after the Express Lunch so it came soon after our drinks arrived:

For those who aren’t aware, an “Express Lunch” is a 2 course set that gives you a quick taste of what St Kat’s has to offer.  It changes from day to day (or perhaps week to week… not sure) so you just get whatever the cook cooks :).  That day, for starters we had a spinach cheese dip, smoked eggplant salad, lamb pide and haloumi deep fried balls (lol can’t remember the exact name! – anyone know?) with a bag of toasted Turkish bread.  The lamb pide was alright – a bit spicy but nothing that flash I’m afraid.  I did enjoy the smokey flavour of the eggplant and I like eggplant in general so that was a winner for me.

Yup, I LOVED THESE BALLS :D  Well, I only had the one but I loved the texture of it and the saltiness of the cheese mixed with the rice and herbs… yum!

The Turkish bread was also a favourite of mine!  I don’t think I’ve ever had such good Turkish bread before!  It was lightly sprinkled with salt and brushed with butter I think and because it was kept warm in the paper bag, it was just a delight to spread with the spinach cheese dip :).  So good that we asked for another bag later in the meal to munch on hehe.

Once we’d finished with the first course, it wasn’t long before they brought out our next set of dishes to try…

At first, my dad who is used to Asian dishes piled up with food was like, “This is it?”  Haha, but though it looks kind of small portion-wise, it was very filling and we were quite satisfied by the end of this course (the extra bag of Turkish bread probably helped!).

First up, I tried the rice pilaf with mushrooms, tarragon and hazelnuts.  Was very light and with enough flavour that you could eat it on its own, but it wasn’t so overpowering so that it was also a nice accompaniment for the other two dishes.

Next was the grilled chicken carved out from the rotisserie that was dressed with yoghurt (I believe… I really should have taken notes!) which I quite enjoyed as well.  Nice with the squeeze of lemon :).

my dad had already taken his piece before I got a chance to snap a photo…

The salmon was cooked perfectly and the skin was crispy.  Couldn’t fault it.  Loved it :).

Overall, a lovely dining experience.  The staff were very attentive and professional (as you would expect from a George Calombaris and Shane Delia restaurant.  Bookings are a must to avoid disappointment during the lunch hour as it fills out very, very quickly!

And for $19.50 per head, the Express Lunch is well worth the visit!  More importantly, I got to spend the lunch with my mentor, my coach, my friend, my godly counsel, my fellow foodie, my dad :).

Happy Father’s Day, Dad :)

St Katherine’s

26 Cotham Rd. Kew VIC 3101

Tel: (03) 9207 7477

Twitter: @StKatsKew

Mon – Fri: 12pm – 4pm, 5.30pm – 11pm,

Weekends 11.30am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 11pm

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Question time: What’s a fond memory that you have of your father/grandfather/father figure?

Have a great week, people!

♥ Ames

a lesson from my dad

When we celebrated my dad’s birthday last year…

He told me stories of his childhood and the kind of life he lived when he first came to Australia.  I let him muse about how fast time flies.  He recounted the days when he used to live near Bondi Beach before moving to Melbourne, working long hours at different jobs in various restaurants, in the fish markets, in car factories… And he taught me an old Chinese phrase of how in life, we’ll all encounter ‘the sweet, the sour, the bitter and the spicy’…  (it sounds much better in Cantonese hehe)

I said my life seems so easy compared to all his experiences but he said there’s no need to compare because I have or will have my own ‘sweet, sour, bitter and spicy’ moments…

The sweet: moments that bring a smile to your face and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside
The sour: moments that make you screw up your face in disbelieve at what has just happened
The bitter: moments that leave you feeling depressed or moments you’d rather not face up to
The spicy: moments that make you sweat or cry uncontrollably
I guess my life has been peppered with a bit of each kind of flavour recently.  And that’s ok.  That’s life.  It’s making me stronger.  It’s like that saying: whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
– posted June 23, 2010

It’s hard to put into words what my dad means to me.  His encouragement, his love, his wisdom, his integrity, his generosity, his faith and prayers have all shaped the person I am today.  Love you, Dad!

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Of course Father’s Day wouldn’t be the same without some good food hehehe… we had a lovely spread at church which left me quite bloated but I thought I’d share the recipe that was my mum’s pride and joy today (mainly because it was so easy to make and pretty to look at).

Butter Biscuits

(originally ‘burnt butter biscuits’ but I don’t think she burnt the butter)

Makes about 70 of the size above

Ingredients

  • 125 grams of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • vanilla essence (up to you how much you use)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
  • glazed cherries (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to moderate heat (180°C)
  2. Heat butter in saucepan until melted (or light brown if you want to burn it slightly), add sugar and beat.
  3. Beat egg in a separate bowl and then add gradually to the butter sugar mixture.
  4. Add sifted flour, mix well.
  5. Roll into small balls, flatten and press a glazed cherry on each
  6. Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown.
  7. Eat and be merry!

♥ Ames