The comedian Arthur Smith is quoted as saying that he could not see the point of lunch unless it started at 1pm and finished a week later in Monte Carlo.
We admire his ambition but suspect that most bosses would take a dim view of such joie de vivre.
Leave Monte Carlo for another occasion and enjoy lunch for two with a glass of Champagne at Malmaison Brasserie on West George Street.
Mal Summer Classics
Available Monday to Saturday, today’s Big Deal is a great way to sample three courses from Mal’s lovely Summer Classics menu.
As part of the offer, you will be served a glass of Champagne to sip while you make your choices.
The menu is packed with delicious summery starters such as the chilled crab gazpacho; the French goat’s cheese crostini and the Iberico ham which is served with fresh peach, manchego, pesto croute and extra virgin olive oil.
Among the main courses are dishes like the poached salmon with heritage potatoes and a Hollandaise sauce plus, for those who like a little spice, the char grilled double chicken breast with a Thai salad, toasted peanuts and coriander and chilli dressing.
The wise leave room for desserts such as the mixed berry Pavlova with passion fruit cream or the vanilla ice cream served with honeycomb and hot Valrhona chocolate sauce.
The Brasserie at Malmaison is highly rated by 5pm users with over 700 people giving it a combined rating of 4/5. This is what a couple of recent 5pm reviewers had to say of their experiences:
‘Amazing. The food was fantastic as usual, the staff were very friendly and kind. The value for money is amazing for what you get.’
‘Always good food, good atmosphere and good value.’
This offer would be perfect for a business lunch; a Saturday afternoon treat or simply as a rather glam alternative to yet another lunch hunched over your desk.