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Jan 29th, 2010, 12:09 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions . I agree that a venue a little further afield may be necessary .
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Jan 29th, 2010, 10:07 PM
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Stormbird I received a good suggestion for dinner and perhaps pre dinner drinks from a friend and want to give you the details , ,and all who are coming , so you can have a look at the web site and see if it appeals to you .

It is called TRUNK . See

I have driven past it many times and ate there when it was Silitto and before extensive refurbishment .It is on the corner of Little Lonsdale and Exhibition Streets in an historic building with a national trust classified tree in the front courtyard . It is at the top end of town near theatres and Chinatown and a short taxi ride from Southbank or a tram ride and short walk . It is within 2 blocks or thereabouts of the big city hotels .

It has a bar area ( not seen it but can do so ) although I wonder if we might like to go somewhere else for a drink just to keep it interesting and provide a change of scene .

It serves Italian cuisine .The web site shows you drinks /wine list / menus etc .

I have not contacted them yet . But what appeals to me is that they can do fixed price 2 or 3 course dinners for functions / groups. The menus read well . I would need to check details with them and minimum numbers etc .

The top priced 3 course dinner is $75pp plus drinks .Two courses are around $50pp. They have a private , or at least semi private , dining space you can see on a floor plan .

So please have a look and tell me what you think .

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Jan 29th, 2010, 10:39 PM
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Wow, that's the longest beverage list I've ever seen - 14 pages!

I'm not sure if I'll be able to go yet, but the menu looks good to me.

Your efforts are appreciated JohnFitz!
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Jan 30th, 2010, 12:27 AM
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I've never heard of Trunk before but the location works well and the price for a fixed price dinner is right. Virtually everyone likes Italian food and you can make a proper booking. I hate this new idea where the "trendy" restauants do not take any bookings at all, you are expected to turn up and wait and, of course, consume several expensive alcoholic drinks at the bar/lounge whilst waiting for a table.

Personally I rather like the idea of a separate place for a drink beforehand to mix things up a bit. Two places that come to mind immediately which are within an easy walk of Trunk are the Long Bar which is the basement of the old Georges in Collins Street and Spice Market which is in Russell Street The website for Spice Market is not done well. Click on Venue to get various photos of what the place looks like.

Both places are very trendy and later in the night become the line up and get checked out to see if you make the grade to get inside but there should be no trouble getting in (or need to line up) if we went for pre-dinner drinks. I believe clientale then is often made up of office workers having a quick drink before going home.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 04:51 AM
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Thanks Melnq8 and Shandy . Good ideas re bar. I absolutely agree about this new ' no bookings 'caper . We would have no hope with a group of 10 or more of getting tables .
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Jan 30th, 2010, 10:59 AM
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Trunk sounds pretty good to me.
I am content to have a pre-dinner drink anywhere.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Looks good to me too.
Agree with you on the "no booking" places. Fine for cafes & casual eateries, but if they want operate & charge in the fine dining sector, I want to be able to book. Thanks JohnFitz.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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Trunk sounds fine.

Good work JohnFitz.
Still not sure I can make it, but.... location of trunk gives a focus to the hotel location, too. There's some not-too-expensive hotels up that end of town.
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Jan 31st, 2010, 06:06 PM
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Two questions for everyone .

What time do we want to meet for drinks ?
What time do we want to book dinner ?

Shandy's suggested bars open around 5pm and both are very well situated and look good.

I know the Longroom from the Georges days both pre renovation and post when it was converted from being the menswear floor to a restaurant in the post Stephen Bennett renovation in the mid 90's .

Once I have a consensus I can speak to the venues and pass the detail to Stormbird to firm up everything for us .
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Jan 31st, 2010, 06:23 PM
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Drinks - say 6:00 PM

Table booked for say 7:30.


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Jan 31st, 2010, 06:45 PM
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Ditto above. Thanks again JohnFitz
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Jan 31st, 2010, 07:05 PM
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Ditto. Thanks, John.
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Jan 31st, 2010, 07:07 PM
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Ditto - many thanks John!
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Jan 31st, 2010, 08:23 PM
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Thank you JohnFitz!!
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Feb 5th, 2010, 02:07 AM
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Been distracted by work and thus my delay in replying. Thanks everyone for your responses about booking times .

I hope to sort this out for us in the next week or so as I expect to have some free time to do so .

You may recall our early discussions about venues and the suggestion of MoVida ? Well this week the Age newspaper in its Epicure section reviewed the new ' Movida Aqui' and adjacent bar ' Movida Terraza ' which I had mentioned but had some reservations about because of what I thought was its "no bookings" policy and location .

It got an excellent review and it seems it does take reservations - at least according to its web- site

The bar has excellent views over the Supreme Court library dome and in mild waether would be a lovely spot to have a drink and snack .

So it is a good backstop to keep in mind although I still think it is a little out of the way for what we want .
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Feb 8th, 2010, 08:29 PM
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Hello Stormbird ,

I have contacted Trunk and they advised that are able to help us on 22nd with dinner at 7.30pm .

In making my enquiry I advised what it is all about and who we are - all positive - and that we will be a small group of around 10 but maybe more and can firm up the numbers closer to 22nd .

I asked for a limited choice ( with vegetarian options ) 3 course meal perhaps in their Rintel dining space .That is not essential and depends on our numbers . Drinks will be ordered from their list and paid for at the end of dinner.

The person to speak with is Nick Kutcher on 03 96637994 or email [email protected] . He has my email details . I advised I would hand over to the convenor of the dinner .

So , if that suits please let me know and if you can contact Mr Kutcher as soon as practicable to discuss arrangements and what they require from us all that would be good .

Please let me know if you need any other details from me .

Regards ,

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Feb 9th, 2010, 10:24 PM
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Hi John,

I can't thank you enough for your efforts. I think Dinner at 7.30pm at Trunk's sounds fantastic. I shall get in touch with Nick tomorrow.

Now we still actually haven't resolved the pre dinner drinks. I do like the idea of somewhere different but not too far.John, is your earlier suggestion of The Longroom any good, is that nearby to Trunk?

Thank you for your efforts - we'll all shout you a drink on the 22nd May!!!
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Feb 10th, 2010, 03:05 AM
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Hi Stormbird. No trouble at all for me .

I am not too worried about the pre-dinner drinks venue . Shandy gave us a couple of good suggestions .And I don't expect we need to book and I have assumed people aren't looking for canapes etc which would take some organising .

If there are a 10+ of us then I suppose we want somewhere where we can all stand comfortably , meet each other and mingle . So let me give it some further thought .

I suppose the choice of venue might also depend on what people are prepared to pay for a drink . I don't go to a lot of bars in the " city of bars " and therefore don't frequently buy drinks but I am told that a standard mixed drink anywhere these days is $10++ .

What do you think ?


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Feb 20th, 2010, 01:31 AM
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Hello Stormbird , just wondering if you have had a chance to speak to Trunk ? If you have what was the outcome ?

As far as a bar for pre dinner drinks I went past The Longroom and noted that they have a strict dress code which basically requires a jacket and smart casual attire - no trainers on feet etc .So if any attendees are wanting to dress very casually that may present a problem .

The Spicemarket at the Grand Hyatt is marginally closer to Trunk .

Everyone might want to also look at which has a fairly comprehensive directory and description of bars with views . Nice options but of course we are talking May and cold in Melbourne so a view or at least a deck is probably irrelevant .
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Feb 23rd, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Hi John,

I have just sent an email off to Nick - I do apologise for my delay but I have just had an awful couple of weeks with health issues and honestly I haven't been able to even think straight.

Anyway, the ball is in motion and will let you know when Nick confirms our date etc.

I really appreciate your mighty effort to date John and am grateful for your help and support.
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