What a long winter!! And it still feels like it’s going. We've had a busy few months at Gladioli with some wonderful offsite functions. We catered for the annual By Farr open day in June which is always a great fun day. Nick and Gary do such a wonderful job preparing some of Australia’s most recognizable wines and are especially good at showcasing site and vintage varietals. There are so many wonderful wines to try.
Last week both Gladioli and Tulip cooked at Anglicare’sDinner for the Angels at Docklands in Melbourne. It’s a pleasure to be involved with such a great charity who support children in need. It’s also a really fun night to catch up with other chefs from around the state.
We also regularly cater at Ocean Housein Lorne where we have done everything from product launches (X Box and Aesop) to weddings as well as intimate wedding proposals and birthdays. We also offer this at catering service at any other venue you may have in mind. Same fine quality service, food and tableware as you have come to expect from Gladioli, just served in your own special venue.
We are now in full swing planning the end of the coming year. Corporate and private Christmas parties are booking and our complimentary transport offer for groups of 4 and above on Fridays throughout November and December has been extended to include Saturday night and Sunday lunches due to popular demand. we have some upcoming garden weddings which are always exciting. our garden space is stunning in the warmer months and has proven to be a wonderful spot for all types of special occasions.
We are also very proud to again be mentioned in Gourmet Traveller’s restaurant guide, receiving a star in the booklet. The kitchen is preparing and serving some wonderful food at the moment with the dry aged duck being a constant favorite.
Another new dish on the menu is the prawn tartare which is served wrapped in wild broccoli leaves and finished with a cold broth made from the prawn heads. It’s a stunning dish and will be great as the weather warms further.
Our drinks list is continuing to expand with the addition of some super smaller producers from around Australia as well as a real focus on developing our whisky offering. The wine team have put in a lot of effort to ensure we are covering a more diverse selection which in turn is providing some really pleasing wine paring options for our set menus. Exciting times ahead!!
Matt and the Gladioli Restaurant team.