It’s so rare to get out of the house these days for a night out. Now that baby is here, we wish we weren’t so complacent about getting out and about, prior to becoming a ‘family.’ In saying that though, we were pretty much over going out to lounge bars for drinks, and having the same old conversations. In fact, my husband would remark, how he wished we had a child so that we would have an excuse to stay at home!
But we still love going out for dinner, albeit, it only happens once a month, and is dependent on how desperately tired I am in the evenings, or whether I can can be bothered with the rigmarole of making sure everything is set up before we leave (which also includes tidying the house). Gosh, things used to be so easy before…
The Larder in Miramar is one of our favourite places to eat, and being that it’s only a 10-minute walk from our house, makes it that much more appealing. In terms of the quality of food and service, we’re never disappointed. The eatery supports local businesses and growers, and also supports nose to tail eating. We often prefer going to The Larder instead of making the trip into town if we want a fuss-free, fine dining experience.
The restaurant is also open for brunch/lunch from Tues-Sunday until 3pm, with weekends being busy with couples and families, and possibly people dropping in after a visit to Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop, which is about 50 metres down the road. In the weekends there is a casual, buzzy atmosphere with a few tables set up outside for those warmer days. They serve hearty cooked breakfasts, with freshly baked muffins and scones on offer if you feel like just a coffee and something to nibble. Lunches can include the likes of a sirloin steak with hand cut fries, or fish with salad.
Being that I’m not one for big lunches or breakfast, I always look forward to dinner! I started with an entree of Braised Octopus with Chorizo, and Mr Sly ordered the special of the day–Scallops. For some reason (and I know it makes sense), he always orders something different so that we can share, but he wished he’d ordered the octopus too (I did give him the biggest tentacle on my dish to make up for it though). The octopus is by far my favourite–it has a slightly crispy skin, and it’s never chewy or rubbery. They also tend to make subtle changes to the dish. This time there were crispy shards (of potato I think). Very tasty! They also give you a slice of their freshly baked bread with butter on the side to start, followed by a complimentary amuse-bouche.
The fish was lovely and delicate, and I loved the added texture of the grilled seafood. Mr Sly had the venison. We also had a side of vegetables (broccoli), plus the chunky hand cut fries with aioli–they’re always super delicious, crunchy, and piping hot!
So, we had a nice evening out, with 2.5hrs of baby-free time, during which, all we did was talk about the little man from whom we were trying to escape. Conversation involved: looking forward to when he’s old enough to dine out with us, to whether there will be enough room in our two-bedroom house when he has friends over and is blasting death metal from his stereo, to what we’ll do (when the day comes), if he wants to bring his girlfriend (or boyfriend) home…
What I wore: That night I felt I wanted to be pretty relaxed, and made a last minute change to what I had planned to wear. I pulled out my Karen Walker T-shirt dress with peplum sleeves, which I hadn’t had a chance to wear since buying it earlier this year, a layered silver snake necklace from my Mother-in-law (from a shop in Balclutha), my favourite sterling silver ring, and my staple Marc by Marc Jacobs Rubber Turnlock Bracelet which you can get here.