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  1. Fiona

    It’s been years since i’ve had liver outside of a pate.

  2. whisperinggums

    It was indeed a lovely night – I too enjoyed the food more than the time before. Delicious food, but even better company.

  3. Baking Serendipity

    I rarely go to fancy restaurants like this one. It all looks delicious! Congrats on your own domain!

  4. Kath Lockett

    You lost me at liver. I’m a proud(ish) carnivore but can’t do the liver…..

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I must try this sorbet! I went to Ottoman Cuisine in Sydney recently and it was nice indeed although it seems like the salad was the only thing we ate in common 😛 I’m still thinking about that dessert…

  6. Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan

    I’m loving the new blog! I would rather get my protein from peanut butter too 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear about your toe a few posts back. Hope it’s better than it was.

    And your essay-writing tips- awesome! I’m writing an essay at the mo, a very boring one, so the post was timely.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend. xxx

  7. Camille

    Love the sound of that liver! And I am swooning at the honey-yogurt sorbet (? sorbet isn’t supposed to have dairy). Might have to try making something like that before it gets too cold. I am understandably a bit leery of cooking with honey now, though.

  8. penny aka jeroxie

    fried lambs liver… that looked so good! sounds like an awesome meal.

  9. Agnes

    Ugh, Latham, Hopefully he crawls back under this rock and never comes back out. If I saw him at a restaurant it would totally put me off my food – so perhaps that’s why you were unenthused by your first visit. ;p

  10. Simply Life

    oh my gosh, that does look like a great meal!

  11. Louise

    Nothing like a politician at the next table to spoil a restaurant. I had a nice lunch at Chine on Paramount in Melbourne a few years ago completely spoilt by the smarmy presence of Peter Costello and a gaggle of his fawns in the corner.

    I went to Ottoman several times when we lived in Canberra (97/98) but I think it’s moved or changed or both since then. It was in Manuka on the corner near where Coles is now. It was always fabulous though. I remember something about eggplant and prawns, and fabulous dips.

    1. whisperinggums

      Yes, you’re right, it was across the road from Coles on the corner – where there is now a restaurant called Verve. We went there to celebrate signing the contract to sell out Lyons house in March 1997. They closed and left Canberra not long after that, and then a year or so later (not sure exactly how much) they opened in Barton. Lovely venue.

  12. Ladybird

    Oh yeah – that dessert looks awesome! Entrees and mains are such a nuisance at times 😉

  13. Helen (grabyourfork)

    First impressions last, but sometimes second chances do surprise. And dessert amusement is my reason for living 🙂

  14. Jess

    ohh love ottomans, we went there a few weeks ago for the degustation, we were very impressed with the food and the service.

    I agree about the meat, I was a vegetarian for half my life and only this year did I start eating meat because I couldn’t shake this stupid anemia, I much prefer vegetarian protein .

  15. Ashley@thehungryscholar

    I have missed your blog. Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’m such a horrible reader.

    Anyway. I love the new design. 🙂 That food looks great!

  16. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    OOOOOOOh yes – I have had some wonderful dining experiences at the Ottoman – but I have always been too shy to take my camera with me! Certainly lends itself to an evening of ‘spot the politician’ though!

  17. Anna Johnston

    Have always loved Ottoman, went there for my very first deega , many moons ago, almost always run into the odd polly there too. Glad you had an awesome time.

  18. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Without you, your Dad wouldn’t be a Father eh? I might start sprouting that in earshot of my siblings and see what happens. I suspect I wouldn’t be given a bowl of custard for my troubles.

    I missed out on Fathers’ Day feasting with my family! Wah! Stupid hundreds of kilometres!

  19. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Ironically enough, Matt and I went to a local Greek Food Fest over the weekend, where last year I had (not-very-orangey-at-all) ravani, but this year I passed it up for the SO-not-vegan custard bake, and Matt ate moussaka. So in a way, one of our meals this weekend mirrored this meal! Erm, minus the liver. :]

  20. Johanna GGG

    I love the sound of your icecream – and it is lovely how gracious you were about your father’s choice of dessert 🙂 in fact you seem to have missed a perfect opportunity to pair it with your icecream – it looks excellent

  21. Pulp Kitchen, or Celebrating Canine and Maternal Birthdays - Wayfaring Chocolate

    […] My parents shared an entree-sized serving of “Pan Seared Calves Liver ‘Hemingway’, Potato Croquettes”. I believe they enjoyed it, but to my mind it had nothing on the Ottoman’s dish of fried lamb’s liver with sumac salad. […]

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