(Detective Chow dined & drank free, courtesy of Bruno's, Hunky Dory Social Club and Bang PR.)
A fun evening, also attended by a number of other field agents. (Helen has a list of others who I didn't get to meet.) The owners have put great attention into the design and detail of the venue, making the mosaics, tables, and even the doilies themselves. Well, Cinners' mum made the latter. My favourite part is that the religious artwork (chosen for aesthetics rather than symbolism) was purchased for $666. Ironically, of course.
The menu was interesting, with some classic Italian dishes and some modern variations. And, as mentioned, vego-friendly. I could happily return for a casual meal. Get a bunch of pizzas and a couple of salads. Or the 'pick at' share plates would work well with a bottle of wine. (I wasn't impressed with the haloumi, though. Normally a winner, this batch wasn't as tasty as it can get. Try some of the other things on the menu instead.)
You may need to go hunting up the street for a post-prandial sweet treat, though. No desserts on the menu.
From what I saw, Molly, you'll want to put on your Sunday best to drink upstairs at HDSC. It's not a place for a quiet drink. Or a quiet chat. Maybe a quiet choking in the corner on the chili in your cocktail.
Although this was a PR event, so of course 'best behaviour' time, I really should mention that the staff were friendly and happy and helpful.
I've labelled this $30 and under as an estimate. My body tells me I ate and drank far more than that.
Bruno's at Hunky Dory Social Club
215 Oxford St
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