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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Despite living on the Northern Beaches all my life I was sadly unaware of Lizotte’s until my photographer husband, Scott Williams was asked to photograph and write a review on the restaurant and show last Friday night. I was lucky enough to accompany him this evening and decided that having made his contribution that I would put in my two cents worth and write this review. So, for those who are also uninitiated to Lizotte’s, allow me to introduce you to the best kept secret on the Northern Beaches. On this fresh wintery evening we arrive at Lizotte’s inDeewhytoenjoyamealandashowbyUS born bass funk artist Craig Calhoun and the Brother’s of Oz. The welcome is warm and friendly and the ambience is a rich tapestry of quaint, and quirky yet funky furnishings. Music art pieces and instruments adorn the room and of course the stage, as both artworks and furniture (notice the fantastic drum cocktail lounge table), combined with ambient lighting inviting you to a sumptuous yet relaxing evening of funky sophistication...and our first cocktail hasn’t even arrived yet. After a wonderfully crisply battered yet fresh entrée of Duet of Prawns and Tempura Zucchini Flowers stuffed with 3 cheeses, we were graced with beautifully wintery rich plates of spicy roast pork belly and grilled Black Angus fillet both of which were the perfect accompaniment to the chill out side. As Craig Calhoun and the Brothers of Oz came out on stage you got a fabulous sense that you were not just going to witness a fantastic performance but almost join in a personal jam session with the great Bass player. And as Craig said... ‘It’s ‘gonna get hot in here’, and it did. We all sat back to enjoy the ride of old school funk at its best. With his deep resonant vocals and great musicianship between the electric guitar, bass, keyboard and drum players, I was imm ersed in a crowd pleasing, soul-warming table tapping jam session. And if Craig Calhoun joining the audience at their tables, bass in hand didn’t make you feel a part of something special, I don’t what could. So for those who have music in their soul or know someone who needs a little dose to get them started, this is the perfect place for two or a crowd to get the perfect mix of fine food and fine music. I will without a doubt be revisiting Lizotte’s as soon as possible, most probably with extra guests in tow. By Susan Williams Photos by Scott Williams