On Wednesday Rockin' Roy and I had a date night - dinner & a gig. We went to Kama Sutra for their pre-theatre meal. I apologise that there is no food photo here because we ate it too fast! To start I had Veggie Pakora and Rockin' Roy had the Garlic Mushrooms. The pakora are divine, very herby just the way I like! For mains I had the Pindi Choley with rice which is a mildly spicy chickpea dish - delicious! And very filling. Rockin' Roy went for the mixed veggie curry. I preferred my dishes and Rockin' Roy preferred his so it was a tie. To drink I tried their signature cocktail which has rose vodka and lychee juice, very pleasant and a good flavour compliment to the meal. Kama Sutra has a very lovely interior with pretty hanging glass lanterns and traditional paintings alongside wrought metal work, but the best thing about the place for me was the staff. We were served by about 5 different wait staff, but every one seemed to know what we needed and where we were in our meal. They were also extremely relaxed and friendly.
The only slightly funny thing is when the (in this case two different male) wait staff proceeded to continually bring Rockin' Roy the bill and the change even though I booked the table, arrived first and paid for it… This is something that's happened a lot when we eat/stay at hotels aboard. In our coupledom, I tend to pick up the cheque and organise trips/meals/hotels etc., as I'm better at organising at stuff but also I work full time while Rockin' Roy is freelance/part time, but people tend to defer to the male by default. Times have changed people… But this was a small thing which I found mildly amusing and otherwise they were fantastically attentive.
The gig was fabulous! The band have always been tight the showmanship is something else with this band. I'd watched Debbie Harry at Glastonbury (on the TV) and it seemed to me she was maybe suffering a bit then because she seemed a bit more restrained (though still putting on a hell of a show) while at the ABC she absolutely had her full vocal range at her command and was swinging her hips and rocking out on stage. Close your eyes and it could be 1976… (phone camera low quality pictures, but you get the vibe…)
Feeling pretty rough from being run down, but still trying to do everything as normal, I opted for the height of comfort food that is the Classic Mac n' Cheese. With chips. And onion rings… I was in a carb heaven!
I used to go to Ad Lib quite a lot during the week in the evenings as it was a good place to meet for a drink or a coffee or food as it's right by central station, but more recently I've been trying to go at weekends and it's too damn busy because it's too damn good! So it's good idea to book ahead.
Last night, Saturday night, Rockin' Roy was playing with Little Hands of Silver at the 13th Note so we had dinner there. The night was a bit bizarre, a band cancelled, there was a fire alarm, some drunk business men who leaned over the monitors sang into the mic while LHOS were playing then tipped them 5 euros… So any way we had just ordered when the fire alarm went off so we ended going to another bar while we waited for the fire crew to do their stuff and by the time we got back the kitchen had closed. The staff were great though and whipped up some veggie haggis, neeps and tatties. They were also very friendly and helpful the whole night.
13th Note has changed a bit over the last few years and is a bit of an odd mix, upstairs the service, artwork, food and drinks available is fairly high end, but downstairs the gig venue is still pretty 'trashed basement'. The toilets are a low point… but the crowd is pretty mixed and it's nice place to be in.
Some food pics….