A jazz trio of sax, piano and bass played a wide selection of numbers ranging from a slightly shaky version of ‘Take 5’ to an excellent version of Australia’s unofficial national anthem, ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
A fine selection of Kendall Jackson wines were on offer with the 2004 Cab Sav being a delightful drop. The kitchen served up a consistently high standard of food over the four courses of soup, salad, main and desert. The best beloved went for the tuna steak with filo pastry and your humble scribe had the spare ribs, massarup!
The assembled writers, editorial staff and friends intermingled affably under the attentive eye of mine host, the Expat’s editorial and publishing consultant, Murray Hertz and the ever helpful restaurant staff. Of which the lovely but incorruptible Miss Claire was collecting business cards to go into the monthly draw for a free meal. She declined my offer of 500 pesos to unsure my card was the one, for the New Orleans Restaurant is very deserving of a second visit.