Birthday Dinner La Brasserie

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Birthday Dinner - La Brasserie

Date: 5th January 2014

When I celebrated my Birthday here two years ago, my son insisted on taking me to one of the most prestigious restaurants in Sydney - you know the sort - very good food, very good write ups and rather pretentious.

I like value for money and that it was not, though I was very touched that Jonathan 'only wanted the best for me'. He is a very generous individual and though he really spends more than he should, I'd rather have him the way he is than the alternative which is mean. I cannot stand meanness.

This time I asked that we could go to a simple French Restaurant which we did. The red and white check tablecloths and the French flags draped over the bar made me feel very much at home. Just about everything in Sydney is expensive and as for the price of wine - it is ridiculous. I can buy Australian wine cheaper at home. However one area in which the Aussies really beat us hands down is in their beef which is not only delicious but, compared with the cost of everything else, relatively inexpensive. I'm not usually a great meat eater but I do like a good fillet and mine was really 'melt in the mouth'.

Again I am not really an oyster lover but Sydney rock oysters are quite different - small and creamy so we had a few to share. When I lived in Sydney, one of my first dates with the man who became my fiancee was to a Cove where he prized oysters off the rocks which we ate with some delicious Vogel bread accompanied by a bottle of chilled white wine. We were young and in love and it felt like a feast for the Gods. Not sure if you could eat Oysters like that any more - don't know about pollution.

After he was killed in a car accident, I made one of the many mistakes of my life. I was working in Repertory Theatre in Melbourne and, after his death, as I had neither a flat nor a job to return to in Sydney and an incredibly generous mother who sent me the fare home, I returned to the Uk. I'd been doing very well in theatre out here and that was my first love. Being petite, with jet black hair and a great tan, I was getting foreign parts - French, Italian, Greek etc. On returning to the UK I was just one of a crowd of out of work actresses and to earn a living I returned to television which is where I started in New Zealand and Australia. On the 'Castel Felice' journey back to the UK, we had a stop in Singapore and a group of us went ashore for dinner. On the Menu they offered 'Sydney Rock Oysters' and I started to cry - daft ha'porth aren't I.

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