The first thing you notice when you enter The Ginger Room is the stunning backlit glass panel etched with images of bamboo plants. The location in Old Parliament House, Australia's original house of parliament and seat of government, summons a sense of the history of the place. The restaurant is located in what was formally the members of parliament dining room. Tables are set far enough apart to allow you to converse without becoming part of the conversation of the table next door. Waiters are attentive, the food is modern Australian tinged with an Asian flavour. If you want large serves you will be disappointed. The serves are modest but flavoursome. On the other hand, despite modest serves, we found by the time the meal was finished, we felt satisfied and full, not bursting at the seams but content. We also tried wine by the glass so that we could match wines to different courses each of us selected rather than trying to match one bottle of wine to entree, main and dessert. They also brew a mean long macchiato to complete the meal. The Ginger Room is certainly at the high end of the dining scale with prices to match. It is a place you go to celebrate a special occasion, like a decade birthday or an anniversary. We have never been disappointed. Although the dining if formal, you can go as dressed up or neat and casual as you like. Ginger Catering, affiliated with The Ginger Room, also holds Sunday lunches throughout the year in another dining room in Old Parliament House. These lunches are themed around seasonal foods, like truffles and apples. The bonus is a chance to hear the local food producers speak about their produce before being served a course based on that food. It's about carbon miles and food less travelled.
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