Thursday, 29 January 2009

Restaurant review and random question

There are some weeks where I seem stuck for blog material and there are other weeks where I don't have enough days for all the posts I have in my head. This has been one of the latter. Today I decided to write about something that is old news, but I feel like getting it out of my head and onto the screen...

I went to a restaurant with my folks and TSC last weekend (Friday evening, to be exact) at the Irene Village Mall in Pretoria called Ala Turka that serves Turkish, Lebanese and Greek food. The place is beautifully decorated and even has a little shop inside that sells belly dancing clothing and so on.

We had tried to find the restaurant's details to make a booking beforehand, but seeing they had recently relocated to the centre from somewhere else, they weren't listed in the phone book. We decided to pitch up and try our luck anyway, and they told us they had a space for us upstairs. What they didn't tell us is that there is a live belly dancer on Friday and Saturday evenings and a R20 charge per person surcharge to cover this entertainment.

While the belly dancer was BRILLIANT (at one point she dances with a plate full of candles balanced on her head), I think we should have been told about the extra cost. Furthermore, every time she came out to dance, the music would be turned up to an almost unbearable level so that we couldn't hear each other across the table, even if we were shouting (it was quite embarrassing when the music went off and I was still busy shouting).

The room was also so dark that we had to take turns taking a menu to the bar area to try to read it under the light and make a decision. We eventually had our order taken. I chose the Sheikh Al Mihshi - a Lebanese dish. It's an oven-baked aubergine stuffed with lamb meat, herbs and spices, cooked in a tomato-based sauce, served with yoghurt and pilaf. TSC opted for the fillet with the house "special sauce". My mom had a meze platter and my dad ordered the lamb kofte.

Over an hour later, our food arrived. By this time, hunger pangs and loud LOUD music had made everyone rather grumpy. Thankfully, the food was amazing! My aubergine dish was like a little slice of heaven on a plate and TSC's fillet melted in my mouth. I didn't taste my folks' food, but I believe it was also very good.

So I think I'd go back to Ala Turka. But at lunchtime. When there's daylight. And no pumping music.

Now onto my random question... Any ideas what I can get my parents for their 30th wedding anniversary? I don't have that much money to spend and they have pretty much everything anyway. I've done photo collages, scrapbook albums, personalised calendars, theatre tickets and family photos before and I am stumped! The big day is 24 Feb, but they'll be away in Zanzibar for the week, so I've got a bit of time. Suggestions would be welcome.

13 comments:

Being Brazen said...

* A Digital photo frame is a really cool gift(nice also because photos in them keep changing).
* Another nice gift is a spa voucher for a couple spa day

Tamara said...

Brazen: Believe it or not, they have a digital frame and actually gave us one that they got given afterwards! And they did a spa day together two weeks ago. My dad says it was nice, but not his thing. So difficult, I tell you!

dizzblnd said...

Since Brazen stole my idea in broad daylight ;) .. I searched the web..

http://www.send-anniversary-gifts.com/anniversary-gift-ideas-for-mom-and-dad.html

http://www.send-anniversary-gifts.com/parents-anniversary-gift.html

The Jackson Files said...

Okay, Sheikh Al Mihshi. YUM! Did you actually write that down or remember it? If it's the latter I am WELL impressed.

I have no idea what to get your parents, sorry. My parents divorced 17 years ago, so I never had to think about things like that - which is quite sad actually.

Being Brazen said...

Wow - they do really have everything....
Give them a sky-diving experience, magazine subscriptions or get a chef to cook them a nice dinner at home :)


Ps - Laughed so hard at your job advice for Tom.

Louisa said...

Isn't there something nice showing somewhere in a theatre that you could get them tickets for?

Laura said...

We have an Al Turka here - it always look nice!!

Jeanette said...

if you don't have much money... do they like sport? Isn't there an international cricket thing coming up - why not tickets to that? Or vouchers for a photoshoot? Or take them out for dinner? Book them into a hotel for a night? Ok, I'm out of ideas now.

I would have been VERY annoyed with teh waiting time at that restaurant!

Slyde said...

ive yet to try Turkish... thats something for me to put on my list.

no idea what to get your parents... would you like an autographed picture of me?

Thomas said...

Maybe take your brothers/sisters and have a professional photographer take a portrait? Sound corny I know but it could be nice:)

Tamara said...

Dizz: Thanks, will go check those out!

TJF: Hehehe... I copied and pasted it from their online menu. I can barely remember my name, let alone something as impressive as that!

Brazen: Yep. They're not very adventurous, so skydiving is out. They both have subscriptions to pretty much every publication they'd be likely to read and my dad's on a strict diet. I tell you... they are the most impossible people to buy presents for in the world. See why I'm pulling my hair out?

Louisa: Not really - my dad reckons most of the stuff is too "arty-farty and namby pamby" for him.

Laura: Let me know if you try it ;-)

Jeanette: I was very annoyed. Thankfully the food made up for it. But I wouldn't take hungry kids there!

Slyde: Thanks for the offer. I don't think they'd go for that, but you can send one for me ;-)

Tom. I've actually done that before! Corny as you think it is ;-)

angel said...

i gave my folks each a coffee mug with a wedding portrait and a current portrait, and the dates "1973 to 2008" in between the pictures...

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