Chinese Banquet (19th November 2005)
Well, I have to confess that this is an interesting day for me for various reasons, so I have planned a banquet dinner at the Good Friends in Kantstrasse, partly to celebrate my 10th year in Berlin, partly to round off a turbulent year, but mainly to get stuffed on good old Cantonese cuisine! :o) It is planned to have around 10 courses or so of excellent Cantonese cooking for a fixed price of less than 25 Euros per person, excluding drinks. And afterwards, the suggestion is that we will mosey over to the A-Trane for some jazz as well, so it's going to be a good night out. The food at the Good Friends is legendary by now and anyone who has ever eaten there wants to go back, and those who haven't eaten there yet should start now with this event and get converted. I will plan for a different range of Cantonese food this time, so it's not going to be the same as last time, just in case you are worried. Or email me about what you really liked last time and MUST eat again and we can put it back on the menu! Maybe. :o) We have room for around 20 persons for this banquet, maximum!
As usual, places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so get your emails to me about both events asap. Because when the places are gone, well, they are gone! The email address, as usual, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you all soon!
How it went on the night...
Again, it was one of those bashes where people were seriously considering the use of wheelchairs to leave the restaurant. The food was pretty excellent although they did not have my favourite steamed chopped pork with salted duck's egg because the duck eggs were not old enough. They should be a minimum of one year old and the batch they had was not salty enough as it was only six months old. Oh well. But the restaurant was very gracious about it and knocked around 10% off the price of the banquet, so it was only 20 Euro per person instead of 22 Euro. Well, I think that's about the best value 20 Euro dinner in the whole of Berlin! :o)
The pictures say the rest. We moseyed over after dinner to the Kant Cafe and from there some of us managed to crawl over to the A-Trane where we watched a rather exuberant jazz drummer in action. So exuberant, in fact, that he kept dropping his drumsticks. Oh well. At least it was a good night out!
By the way, many thanks to Jessica for the French press and coffee. Most unexpected and most kind! Also, thanks to Isabella and Andreas for another unusual suitably-themed pressie! :o) And, er, the following pictures are rather jumbled but I think you can catch the drift!