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Did you miss me?

I’m referring to that awful period of silence since my last post but rest assured, after I get through the next week of exams, I’ll be writing to my heart’s content and hopefully you’ll enjoy living vicariously through my posts!

So what brought my friend and I into the Cross this fine evening? Not much, really, just half price on the food menu.

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It’s becoming quite clear that my favourite places to dine have dark interiors illuminated by warm candlelight. Low quality photos, yes – but I do like how the dimness adds to a relaxed ambience and provides an escape from the outside world for a bit. Hugo’s has sectioned off some couches in one part of the restaurant, perfect for couples who’d want to enjoy an intimate moment… over a cocktail and pizza!

Onto our meal:

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First up were our share plates.

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Fresh rock oysters with sherry vinegar ($3.5 each) – I’m very fond of seafood and these were a great start to dinner.

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Beef carpaccio with white onion, parmesan salsa, lemon and rocket ($19) – I can say that my first time trying raw beef was a very pleasant one! The parmesan salsa was fantastic.

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Chorizo pizza with olives, peppers, sundried tomatoes and chipotle dressing ($28) – this was delicious and although Hugo’s has been awarded ‘best pizza restaurant’ on multiple occasions, I wouldn’t say it’s worth the exorbitant price. Save your pennies and head to Mad Pizza instead.

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Me, my awkward hand and the ‘Corpse Reviver #2′, a potent concoction of gin, apertif wine, Cointreau, absinthe and lemon juice. The sweet and citrusy aftertaste was nice!

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And this lovely lady had the ‘Lost in Translation’.

My final thoughts: We both had a great time tonight and I would love to return for a special occasion. Next time when there’s a cause for celebration, I’ll check out the Lounge and try another one of their fancy cocktails!

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XO Lauren

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