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  • Lane Cove Chinese Kitchen

    Restaurants Lane Cove, NSW
    There is nothing good about this place. Even the name is misleading as I am not sure they have a kitchen, just a microwave and I would not call the dishes Chinese.

    But if you were to name it correctly, "Chinese Kitchen" would be renamed. "Reheated tasteless semi-Chinese" So the five of us sat down to what we thought would be a good family run Chinese. No friendly family charm, just Chinese tv blaring in the background.

    Two of us ordered short soup! Cold.
    3 of us ordered San Chow Bow, mince was cold.

    The soups were sent back to the kitchen and microwaved, lovely. Whilst this was being re-heated, our mains came out. So idea of entree, letting people finish their entrees and serve nice and warm mains. No

    Instead we got tasteless Chicken and Blackbean, Mongolian lamb so bored we couldn't find much lamb as it left the dish, Chicken and $cash$ew which only made two people happy the person impersonating a chef in the kitchen and Lin.

    The Chicken n Blackbean, with rice and a short soup set us back $27.50 I recall.

    To top it off we got also got icey cold fried rice to go with ordinary dishes. We were charged for the fried rice, though we sent it back and only ate white rice. Rather than have an argument over the $13.50 fried rice which again was simply nuked, I would rather come online and share why this truly should be called "Cold expensive, we think it's Chinese." If it was the last Chinese in walking distance, eating my shoes would be a better option.
  • Wok Passion

    Restaurants Lane Cove, NSW
    They say it takes months to make a loyal customer and only seconds to lose them. Well this was more like two visits, for a loyal customer to say "never"

    So let's do the maths, I use to eat here ever week, either alone or with a mate so that's $28.50 to $60 with tip every week. Let's say $40 per week or $2,000 worth of turnover for the year. I am not asking for preferential treatment, but if I had NEVER complained about a dish in the 4months I have been coming, then for the first time send back my regular entree Short Soup, there is probably an issue. Instead, it came back just as cold - with the wontons still uncooked. Yep they charged me, for a dish I never ate.

    Then I came with a friend and our mains which are "Take-away standard" as suggested by another true local. Our entree's came out half way through the meal. I always make a habit of ordering entrees as soon as I sit down, so they can start cooking the entrees - whilst we decide on our mains. This also allows the restaurant to do more covers.

    Like every other place in the world, there is an expectation that an entree comes out before the main - Short Soup and a Mixed entree is not a side dish. To be even clearer, I ask for the entree to come out as soon as possible. To suggest that "asap" is midway through the mains, maybe I should ask for the food to be "tasty" and nice as well? As none of these boxes were ticked.

    I again asked for it to be sent back as we did not want these anymore. They still charged us for it, so we took it home as takeaway. Also charging us for the plastic containers. Well no more. From a loyal customer who was spending over $2,000 a year (more when I brought groups of friends) to a customer who comes online and tells the locals the truth.

    Don't come for the food, especially based on price, and never come back if you want any level of service better than a deaf blind elephant.
  • De Costi Seafoods (holdings)

    Seafood Glebe, NSW
    I have to agree with fellow TrueLocal nicky1981

    I ordered the Grilled fish, salad and chips as well as 3 fish cocktails. My first reaction when I bit into the fish cocktails was "weird" and I think it was because the batter had not been cooked properly.

    The grilled fish was tasteless and the chips was oily. The wait wasn't exactly ideal either. Really nothing positive to say about my visit to this De Costi Seafoods

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  • If bars were poetry, bar century would be Flo-Rida.
    If bars were movies, bar century would be Twilight.
    If bars were shoes, bar century would be Crocs.

    The most positive thing I can say about this place is, "it exists."

    Cheap drinks, but just go to a bottle shop and sit somewhere nice that doesnt require you to step into a vertical coffin and walk up 3000 flights of stairs to hell's toilet.

    The one star is for the staff who are, from my personal experience, awesome.
    • Parge Local Star 
      Awesome review, except dissing on Flo-Rida!
      What's up with the hate. Would be funny if the bar was playing that when you were there!
  • Parge Local Star reviewed Thai Face
    Just way too busy to be good. Had to wait forever for our dishes. I appreciate it was a Saturday night, and very very busy. But at the same time there's just reasonable wait times, and ready to walkout times.

    Unfortunately the six different dishes we ordered from Duck to Beef to Chicken with different flavours - just seemed rather same. I wouldn't use the term bland. Just more of a case of not tasting different enough. There's just so many better options in the area, and I would encourage you to try elsewhere.

    Of the 4 other guests with me, we all felt the same. So I am not just writing about my isolated opinion. Lastly if you are going to give this service and this level of food, Thai Riffic really needs to consider lowering their prices, extremely pricey for what we got.

    Maybe if this was the only Thai place around, but there's just too many better places to choose from in Crows Nest.
    • Parge Local Star 
      I will say the BBQ platter for a tick over $40 is pretty awesome!
  • So what do you do on Australia Day? Go for yum cha, of course.

    Admittedly in have avoided yum cha here at Kam Fook Chatswood because of the crowds, but we came at 11 and a friend managed to get us a table for 7 adults, 2 children and a pram.

    The restaurant is huge and it filled up pretty quickly. The steamed dumplings at Kam Fook were really good - generous portions without skimping on seafood, while other dishes like the "yong tau foo" (tofu and eggplant stuffed with fish paste) aren't spectacular. (other restaurant in Castle Hill do a great job with that one.)

    Service is decent, but they charge $3 a head for tea. That's $21 for cheap tea leaves and hot water.
    • Parge Local Star 
      How Australian of You :p

      But 4 stars seems rather high after reading your review? Just based on your comments alone, not 2 or 2½ stars max? Just a question