Tandoori Times, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. The service was a little slow and chaotic due a dire shortage of staff, which the manager later apologised profusely for. But since we were a small group enjoying the conversation, this didn’t detract at all from dining experience. Perhaps this place has a reputation for greatness, as one of the funniest people in the country, John Clarke, arrived with some people, and was prepared to wait for a table. Maybe he was super-keen to watch the Bollywood movies and Indian pop music videos broadcast onto the wall. Whatever, the food was damn excellent.
Lime Leaves, QV complex, city. Supposedly a Malaysian restaurant, but I think the most you could say was that it was modern Asian-influenced cuisine. The sight of a waiter taking orders without writing them down is either a sign of hopeless optimism, or good service. In this case all the meals arrived quickly and accurately, so evidently it was the latter, though some people in the party swapping seats later on did confuse things a bit. The entree was tasty enough, but my chosen main (lamb cutlets) was utterly delicious. Evidently a couple of early-leavers contributing over the odds, and most of the rest of us rounding up was what avoided a shortfall in the bill courtesy of a couple of repeat offenders. But what a great meal.