So, on what was one of the longest working days of my life, starting at 5am when I left for the two hour drive to Brisbane airport…through my adventures in air travel, sitting through half a day of presentations while stoned on travel sickness meds through to the evenings activities…
First to the Cargo Bar, King St Wharf for a drink (or two) to get the evening started.
A nice venue, lovely outdoor area over looking King St Wharf. Lots of seating, surprisingly busy for a Wednesday (but i’m a country girl and out town shuts down on a wednesday night), a bit noisy for my taste. Magnificent hanging baskets…I must be getting old!
Then on to The Malaya, just a few doors up. Pleasant décor with views over Darling Harbour.
The food was magnificent. As I was part of a group a set menu had been arranged. There was something for everyone, plenty of food, well cooked and very delicious. For me the highlight was the Salt & Pepper prawns and the Curry Prawns with Roti Canai…gorgeous. Again I was amazed at how busy the place was, despite this the service was great. My only complaint would be the noise, and not ALL of it was coming from our table! Hard to hear yourself think, or hear the conversational gold that is a bunch of weary business people after several hard hours of drinking on the first day of a three day conference! Why is it adults with a “leave pass” from their ordinary lives just go nuts?
Eventually the place cleared out and we were the only ones left…the kitchen closed and the staff were stacking chairs and standing around cleaning glasses shooting meaningfull gazes in our oblivious direction. Eventually some not so subtle flicking on and off of the lights attracted out attention and we piled out, well after closing time.
I, in a rare display of common sense, went back to the hotel which was conveniently less than 5 minutes walk away. I was sleeping sweetly for hours by the time some of my comrades piled back into the hotel in the not so early hours!
There were tales of slippery nipples, refusal of service, and a 100m cab ride, much hilarity and ill advised photos… all in all I am glad though that I am a bit of a nanna and went home to bed!