Much is being made over the menu that at first was allegedly distributed at a Liberal party fundraiser several months ago and which now looks to have been an inside kitchen joke that somehow made its way into the drawer of a staffer in the Prime Minister’s Office where it sat for several months until it was deemed just the thing to get the boss out of a jam.
Some are still clinging (bitterly, perhaps?) to the hope the menu was the real deal, but it would seem reasonable to ask whether the sort of food the bill of fare suggests is even the sort of stuff the restaurant in question, Brisbane’s Richards and Richards, might be able to turn out.
Without debating the jokes, the supposedly scandalous menu indicates foie gras, quail, butter-poached crayfish, jamon Iberico bacon-and-eggs with caviar, and so on were served up on the night – in other words, it would have been a helluva degustation:
Yet the regular menu at Richards and Richards, where the whole thing started and whose boss denies the thing was anything more than an in-house gag, suggests otherwise.
With all due respect to the crew, this sort of night might be a bit ambitious for this kitchen: I’m sure they serve nice stuff, veal cutlets and steaks and pizzas and the like, but hardly anything that flash. Hell, half the place is a menswear shop.
And anyway, who goes to a political fundraiser for the food?