Five restaurants that are perfect for a mid-week meal
You can’t put a price on a catch up with friends, but when the opportunity presents to keep a mid-week catch up cheap and cheerful, you absolutely take it. From crowd-pleasing Thai favourites to French fare with a modern twist, a self-serve Italian feast, quintessential steak night or quick and easy Chinese – we’ve found five spots perfect for a mid-week catch up with mates.
As a Citi cardholder you’re entitled to a free bottle of wine at 400+ venues across Australia, which makes it easy to ensure your mid-week meals aren’t too harsh on the hip pocket.
1. Assamm - Sydney
When deciding on a spot for a mid-week catch up with mates, the decision making battle is usually on two fronts: finding a restaurant that’s convenient and that also caters to everyone’s tastes. Assamm Thai eating house ticks both those boxes. Located in the CBD’s Queen Victoria Building close to buses, trains and even the ferry, this modern Thai restaurant is a crowd pleaser. To keep it low key, present your Citi card to receive a free bottle of wine, order some pork and satay chicken skewers for starters, some green papaya salad and spicy chicken larb and Assamm’s unique chicken with apple eggplant and bamboo shoot curry to share. There’s something for everyone’s tastes!
2. The Meat & Wine Co - Melbourne
For many, steak night is a regular fixture in their weekly routine. But rather than chasing local pub deals to find the cheapest red meat fix, why not opt for a quality steak and instead save with a free bottle of full-bodied red thanks to the Citibank Dining Program. While the classic pub steak with chips, salad and mushroom sauce is always great, step it up a notch with the varied selection at The Meat & Wine Co. For a Southern American feast, pair a rack of pork ribs with mac and cheese with cauliflower and truffle. Or if your heart is set on a steak, The Meat & Wine Co’s unique African inspired baste and sizeable selection of sauces - blue cheese included - is reason enough to make this your new local.
3. Must Winebar - Perth
With a menu that’s described by general manager and chef Russell Blaikie as ‘built for sharing and socialising’, Must Winebar in Perth is just that – a must for a mid-week catch-up. Having done away with the formalities, the atmosphere is that of a lively yet casual bistro that celebrates vegetable dishes just as much as meat. At Must, you will find a menu that has modernised French Provincial fare, introducing new flavours into the French repertoire. For example, the classic broccoli side has evolved into charred broccoli with sesame dressing with shichimi, while cauliflower comes in the form of fritters with green tahini, dill and aleppo pepper. Given the French heritage, you can’t go past the duck breast with braised lentils, radicchio, fig and raisin relish or your complimentary bottle of wine as a Citi cardholder.
4. Italian Street Kitchen Gasworks - Brisbane
Food is best shared with friends and the Italians know this better than anyone. But at Italian Street Kitchen Gasworks they do things a little differently. Serve yourself woodfired pizzas and handmade pasta from the food stations, meaning nobody in the group has to settle or miss out on what they really want to eat. And if you want porcini and truffle arancini, calamari or even a hearty lamb shoulder to share, there’s still the option to have things made to order. As you mull over your decision on what to get from the self-serve buffet enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine - a surefire way to make your meal taste that much better.
5.Mountain Palace Restaurant - North Richmond, NSW
The sign of a good night at the local Chinese is a table scattered with empty plates and a white tablecloth that’s worn a few spills in all the hungered excitement. Mountain Palace covers all the comforting Chinese classics like spring rolls, BBQ pork and deep fried duck with plum sauce, along with lighter options like fish with ginger and shallot or king prawn and chicken stir fry. A quick and easy option for a mid-week meal, throw a free bottle of wine into the mix to complete the picture of a great night out.