This is the first time I've visited the Notes Live venue which is quite a nice intimate venue. Tonight's performance is a burlesque event called 'The Big Tease!' as part of the Australian Burlesque Festival 2010. It was wise to have a ticket which included dinner so you could get allocated seating and hence hopefully a better view. I'm always a bit wary of food being served at large venues because my expectations are of wedding style food of limited choice which is generally prepared a bit in advance and not quite cooked to order. I was actually surprised at the dishes served and found them quite tasty although perhaps a little on the luke warm side.
The Salt and pepper baby squid with lime aoili ($12) was quite tender with a light crunchy coating. The Salmon fillet with asparagus spears, shaved fennel and tomato with caper beutte noisette ($22) was nice and I really like the shaved fennel in the dish. My Eye Fillet steak with roasted chats, sautéed mushrooms and wine jus ($26) was perhaps a bit on the pricey side for steaks although it was a quality cut of beef with no grizzle to be found. Ordered medium-rare it came out perhaps a bit towards medium and wasn't as hot as hoped but still enjoyable. The mushrooms were quite scarce on the plate.
Service was friendly although a bit absent at times to order drinks and there was quite a delay between serving entree and mains, it ended up being about an hour wait so I think the kitchen was struggling a bit. Water glasses were available on the table but I needed to ask for water as it seemed to have been forgotten. The burlesque show was very good and included many of the elite burlesque performers of Australia and some overseas talent. Sapphira the MC kept the crowd entertained between acts and I look forward to next years event and hope it'll be in a similar intimate venue which has a good open plan and raised stage.
PROS: Intimate venue, Convenience of food available, Easy to get drinks at the bar, Seating allocated for dinner tickets
CONS: A bit of a delay in table service for drinks, Limited menu
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