Friday, October 16, 2009

szechuan eggplant - idea food and wine - melbourne - CLOSED

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My ex is a big meaty guy and I wanted to take him out for his birthday. I wanted to take him to one of the more amazing meat places in Melbourne like Giuseppe, Arnaldo and Sons or The Station Hotel, but of course they barely do vegetarian let alone vegan, which is fair enough. So I still wanted to take him to a place that we could both enjoy. Asian food is a happy medium. I had been to Idea Food and Wine on the recommendation of The Melbourne Veg Good Food guide, once before and it was amazing. It was the same experience this time around.

I had the szechuan eggplant hotpot and asian greens, with roti bread and a bit of rice. Seriously that eggplant is one of the most yummy things I've ever eaten. The greens were plain and a little disappointing, the roti was lovely and the rice.. was, well, rice. Adrian had the Szechuan beef and enjoyed it immensely. You probably think its odd that I would try and take him to a steak place for his birthday, but at the end of the day my choices are my choices and everyone's are their own, and my ex enjoys food and wine immensely and eats a shiteload of meat so I wanted to do something for him that he would really enjoy. I don’t believe in pushing my views on other people and it would have been incredibly rude of me to make him go to a vegetarian restaurant for his birthday (something that he would not have enjoyed as much). I could have of course chosen to give him a present that was not paying for meat, but he is a poor student who gets to go out for dinner very little and its his biggest pleasure. Judge me if you will.

Deets: Idea Food and Wine: 146-148 Little Bourke St Melbourne 3000 VIC # Phone: (03) 9663 8829
$$: Szechuan Eggplant $19 Rice $2 Roti Bread $5 Tsing Tao $8

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review, I'm putting this on my list of places to eat! No judgment here, each to his or her own :)

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  2. Your meal looks so, so good! And I took my bf to a meaty-restaurant for one of his birthdays. Like your ex, he wouldn't have been happy at a vegan place.

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  3. I just went to Idea Fine Foods for the first time this week, and had the eggplant also! It was so delicious. And I was okay with the pushy service. :o)

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  4. i nearly went there the other night, now i think i have to. i LOVE eggplant

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