Friday, September 26, 2008

help needed - avoiding the footy

Much to my surprise, tomorrow is the last day in September - which means it is time to avoid the mayhem and have a civilized lunch far from the maddening crowd. Or at least no where near a television, the MCG, Hawthorn or Geelong. Those not from Melbourne may be as perplexed as I am. It is Grand Final, Footy, Football. It turns even seemingly normal people into screaming fans, venues you'd think would no better start procuring wide screen TVs and the air is thick with sausages slowly burning.

Needless to say I am not a fan and wish to go somewhere to avoid it. Am catching up with a friend for a belated birthday long lunch. To make transport easier (neither of us intend to drive and getting a taxi can be unreliable at grand final time) we are aiming for city/Fitzroy area. Am guessing that anywhere near Fed Square may risk football related activities and Docklands leaves me cold (literally and nothing down there has ever lived up to the hype for me).

So any last minute thoughts as to a suitable sunny civilized piscaterian friendly dinning establishment?


Update: The winner is...Jimmy Watson's. It is almost 28 years since I stepped into the notorious Jimmy Watson's as a rather under-aged teen. Gone is some of the bohemian atmosphere, the mamas in the kitchen piling plates high with delicious goodies and port for 50 cents a glass. Despite it's transition to fully fledged restaurant dining Jimmy Watson's still offers two choice spots of sunlight to sit in, great wines and very nice food (even if it leans more towards the Middle East than the Mediterranean these days). But best of all, not a whisper of footy!


Blogger shula said...

You think Melbourne's bad this time of year?

I was in Geelong today.

Dude, THOSE guys are completely off their heads.

12:44 am  
Blogger Ed said...

a similar predicament hoping for a refuge, perhaps the Melbourne Wine Room. Surely the Gertrude St Enoteca followed by a visit to Books for Cooks would do the trick. Or perhaps a visit to Monsieur Truffe who is not only serving those truffles but freshly made croissants at 90 Smith Street.

8:20 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Shula - they're mad enough at the best of times!

Ed - Enoteca ticks lots of boxes except a long trek for my friend to wander from the #1 tram and as I discovered when I had lunch there with you a long time ago - there isn't a bloody thing on the menu I can eat! :(

8:47 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Ed - PS - Welcome home.

8:48 am  
Blogger bunchesmcginty said...

And what of the punk pub crawl?

3:29 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Punk pub crawl? I thought I kept that a secret!

3:49 pm  

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