You might not have heard, but today is a national holiday: Anzac Day. Sure, it's not a national holiday in this country, but that's just a minor detail. Tonight a full-scale Anzac Day celebration will be going down at Kiwiana, chef Mark Simmons' New Zealand-inspired restaurant on Union Street just west of Seventh Avenue.
What's Anzac Day, you might be wondering? Well, back in 1915 the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were part of an Allied mission during WWI to capture Gallipoli (and thus opening up the Black Sea), and on April 25th they landed there amidst fierce resistance from the Ottomans, who were allied with the Germans. The campaign dragged on for eight months and resulted in heavy Anzac casualties, and while the Allieds didn't achieve their objectives, the battle still left an indelible mark on Australians and New Zealanders. So on April 25th we celebrate that Anzac Spirit with a day of remembrance, parades, and if you live around here, celebratory feast at Kiwiana.
Aussie and Kiwi classic rock will be the soundtrack to the celebration, with a special food and drink menu whipped up for the occasion. Here it is:
Crispy whitebait with grilled lime- $10
Sauteed ramps with poached egg- $10
Jerusalem artichoke soup- $8
N.Z. king salmon with fava bean succotash- $19.15
Seared diver scallops with cauliflower and bacon ragout- $19.15
Aussie lamb chop and champ with curried peas and tamarind glaze- $19.15
There's also a nice selection of $8 desserts and $5 beer and cocktails, and every guest will receive a complimentary Anzac Biscuit (below) which looks pretty tasty.