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Value for money', 'excellent service' and 'well organized' are not usually phrases I associate with Melbourne Cup Day. I was pleasantly surprised when I received all of the above at the Market City Tavern in Canning Vale when I attended for Melbourne Cup lunch on Tuesday.
From the moment I stepped foot in Jack Caddy's Bistro - the official name gifted to the restaurant - a well-drilled, highly organized team of staff were on hand to cater for me and the large number of patrons in attendance.
Most patrons were organized with the popular sweeps well in advance, whilst a handy feature in the Sports Bar was a TAB attendant dedicated to helping once-a-year punters fill out their bet cards in time for the race.
One thing you want to avoid on Melbourne Cup Day is to be left without a beverage of choice to cheers to when the big race is run. No one was left waiting for the race that really does stop a nation. The generous entrees were served prior to the big race and included a beautifully presented tapas style plate of mini bruschetta, grilled Italian sausage, Turkish bread and marinated olives and feta.
The alternative was succulent, crumbed calamari on a bed of garden salad and sweet chili aioli, with each flavor combining well to provide a delicious teaser for the main course.
I opted for the grilled barramundi fillet which, like the entrée, was presented akin to something you might find on the menu of a fine dining restaurant. The perfectly cooked fillet was topped with a WA tiger prawn, perched on baby potatoes and dressed with lime aioli and broccolini.
The serving sizes, although also somewhat akin to that of fine dining style, was plentiful after the generous entrees.
No Melbourne Cup Luncheon would be complete without post-race desserts. I heard through the grapevine that the desserts were home made – whatever the rumors, dessert was fresh and fabulous.
There was something for everyone on one little plate.
A pistachio ice cream perfectly complimented the mini tiramisu and vanilla bean pana cotta with berry compote.
My fellow guests and I left satisfied, happy and impressed with the value for money and excellent service.
There's no doubt I'll be back well before the first Tuesday of November 2014 to try the restaurant menu.