A few weeks ago a good friend I went to school with invited me to a lunch with others from our year at school. Apart from Pip, I hadn’t seen most of the others I would be re-connecting with for many years – and there’s no need to mention how many years that might have been!
I was a tad anxious as I set off for the city as I’m not good at recognising people at the best of times, let alone after a few decades and I did hope I wouldn’t make one of those dreadful faux pas where as I entered the restaurant, I walked straight past the people I was meant to be dining with.
We met in Sydney’s CBD at a great place called Verandah that has a bar in one section and in a separate area there’s a restaurant where they are open for lunch and offer a business dining special that includes two courses, a glass of wine and coffee for just $38.00.
Eight of us met today with me and Pip being the only females present and most had come from their offices in the city and strolled down to Verandah for our reunion.
It’s incredible that after such a long period of time we were able to pick up where we had last left off and as soon as we met we were immediately transported back to our school days like no time had ever passed. We ordered wine and clinked glasses and said ‘cheers’ to start off the lunch and straightaway started asking each other about where we were living and who we had married, (and who had married again) and how many children and their ages and where they were going to school etc. And the catch-up was interrupted by the fact we had to order but as soon as that was done we resumed our conversation and the immediate details covered, we then reminisced about our school days and the funny teachers we endured and the great days we shared.
I ordered the soup and found it to be a very pretty colour that was very smooth in texture but it could have been hotter and there was something gritty in it like the vegetables hadn’t been properly washed before being put in the pot.
Most of our party ordered the squid and this received high praise from all who ordered it saying it was extremely tender and nicely battered.
A lot of us ordered the rump steak. I ordered mine medium rare but it came out well done if not very well done. Apart from the dry beef I found the dish to be lacking in flavour and very under seasoned.
Pip ordered the salmon and loved it.
No complaints from those who ordered the pasta.
A simple but pleasant salad.
I loved the chips. They were hot, crunchy and salty – nothing to complain about there.
As much as we weren’t there for the food and it was definitely secondary to the reason for being there, I do have to say I was disappointed with both the dishes I ordered, (the soup and the steak). However, the service was fabulous as the waiters were extremely attentive without being intrusive and even obliged in taking a group photo of us all on Pip’s camera. If I was heading back into the city to meet with friends I would definitely dine again at Verandah.
All too quickly the time passed and some of us had to return to work while others moved on to the bar where we enjoyed another drink and a further opportunity to swap stories.
We all had such a great time that what we couldn’t understand was how we hadn’t organised something like this sooner – there’s something very precious about those you went to school with.
I hope we get to do it all again soon.
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