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Parge Local Star

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  • Paradise Resort Gold Coast

    Holiday Resorts Surfers Paradise, QLD
    There's a saying, "happy wife, happy life" well the wife will be happy at Paradise Resort as the kids will be truly truly happy.

    If your child loves the water, this is truly a wonderland. The entrance has a jungle gym which will can keep the kids 3-12 easily amuzed. There is also two major Kids Group activities (10-2) and (4-8pm) to look after the kids aged 0-2 and 3-12. Now my boy was 3 and being the youngest in the larger group was a little too much for him, as the activities in the evening were catered for kids 6-12 I reckon. But we got him out after 2hrs and that was long enough for him, he didn't really enjoy it and we never went back. But they are great for the older ones and can give the parents up to 4hrs off.

    Our boy just loved the water slides and pool. We spent a large part of the day at the resort, with him playing on the slides or in the pool. Being 3 years old a parent was close by, the entire time, I would suggest at about 6 they could be left alone.

    The beach is only 100m walk away. With the Centre of the Gold Coast two bus stops away ($4.80 for adult be warned) easy walk in the evening. A bit hot and long during the day.

    We weren't planning too, but ate at the resort for breakfast and lunch. Nothing over priced and more than reasonable for Australia and compared to the Gold Coast area. I don't think there are enough healthy choices for the kids, but otherwise a great variety of food at reasonable prices.

    Issues : Reception, it took us 1½hrs to check in. Luckily there was a jungle gym to play on, otherwise I think my boy would be a 'little' bored. Other inqueries always took over 30mins to wait and be served, with honestly an hour being the average for the 5 times I had to visit reception.

    Also the checkout bill is generalised I am still disputing 3 items on the bill, but it's hard to chase up when it just says breakfast on this date $45 - rather than who had what. But you can almost accept this given all the plus's throughout the resort.

    I haven't even mentioned the Ice Rink or many of the other activites that the resort offers, like movie night.

    Recommendation : Do not upgrade the room as it may give you a pool view, but this just puts you closer to the noise. Weren't much bigger or better than the standard room.
  • Star Capital Seafood Restaurant

    Restaurants Chatswood, NSW
    Flatout the most expensive Chinese Resturant I have walked into bar none. More expensive than those found around the Casino (Century) which catters for those with loose money.

    BBQ Pork yum-cha style on a small tea saucer was $16, tastey. But there wasn't more than two bites to it. Fried rice, which wasn't enough for one was $15 and really wasn't that special.

    Most Chicken dishes like my classic favourite in Black Bean was $28 with quantities nothing special. Garlic Prawns was $48 and though big prawns, you can walk less than 50m to get half dozen equally as good options and 1/3rd the price. Just not impressed.

    All Yum Cha was $12 a plate, this is almost double what I expect to pay on like-for-like fair and based on location. Never felt so robbed, honestly with Chatswood being the Cabramatta of the North Shore, you have so much better choice at a quarter or 3rd the price.
  • 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.

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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