Drink/Dine,Humour ian 3/16/2014

Today Rydges Hobart is proud to present our Manor Grill Kitchen Rules… and to add to the fantasy, let’s imagine that we have MKR judges, Pete & Manu, pulling up outside…

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Ding Dong.

It’s the doorbell. No time for panic because preparation is complete. Our Executive Chef and team are ready for the challenge!

With the heavily sponsored car parked, the dapper diners straighten their matching suits, say ‘bonjour’ and ‘g’day’ to their waitress who smiles and shows them to their table.

Curiously Pete and Manu sit on the same side of the table. Cosy indeed, but lousy for conversation. That’s okay, however, these chaps are used to dining without talking – they have developed a secret code where raised eyebrows and quirky grins speak volumes.

The waitress moves the cutlery to accommodate the seating arrangement and entrées are served…

Pete has ordered the Crispy Squid Salad with sumac spices, aioli, baby lettuce salad and blood orange dressing. He is grinning like a Cheshire cat so he must be pleased with the presentation.

Manu has ordered the Char-grilled Lemon & Oregano Chicken Skewers with cherry tomato, red onion, shaved apple salad and citrus dressing. He is also grinning like a chat de Cheshire donc il doit être satisfait de la présentation…

Both judges eat. Slowly. In silence. With their mouths closed, as their mothers taught them.

Pete’s left eyebrow arches like a sprayed caterpillar. He is obviously very impressed. Either that or he has wind. Manu’s brow furrows and he nods sagely. He’s also impressed. Either that or he has detected that Pete has wind.

The mains are served.

Pete has gone for the free range  BBQ Glazed Pork Ribs from Tasmania’s Central Highlands. Manu has ordered the free range Chicken Breast from Marion Bay on Tassie’s East Coast.

They again eat in silence, leaving not a skerrick on the plate. In fact, the plates are so clean they nearly sport that little animated sparkly thing that goes ‘ding’.  Cheshire cats indeed!

Pete and Manu’s eyes meet. The moment must be seized. They nod, give a simultaneous wry smile, spring to their feet, rip open their shirts and do a lap of the table, performing an overactive impression of flappy birds.

“Perfection!” Pete announces, climbing onto his chair. “Oui! Parfekshon!” Manu agrees. “Ten out of ten!” shouts Pete. Manu agrees, “Oui! Dix out of dix!!!”

Well! Were our team in the kitchen surprised at the judges’ reaction?! Not at all. Apparently it happens all the time…

For the full menu at Rydges Hobart’s Manor Grill, click here.

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