Parge Local Star

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  • Oscars Lounge Bar & Restaurant

    Plenty of signage for free snacks & drinks. But don't offer a coke as in pic

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  • Lane Cove Toy Library
    Libraries    Lane Cove, NSW

    This family and authentic run business is simply worth supporting. Sadly I understand that the changing face of business and society this business is closing down at the end of June.

    I guess that's the reality of society with its changing needs. A great place to hire toys with plenty of variety and choice. I think towards the end, the price to hire some toys, were close to the "on special" price at some department stores. Perhaps a reflection of our throw away society?

    I wish the business owner all the best in the future and it's a shame that we do no have more of these type of businesses,

  • Grill'd
    Restaurants    Chatswood, NSW

    What I really like about this Grill'd is that it is mixed in with the abundance of Chinese and other Asian restaurants in the area known as the Cabramatta of the North.

    So if you want something different that isn't Asian, but not any of the crap fast food outlets food in the near mall, Grill'd is perfect.

    Sure it's a bit on the pricey side when you include chips, mayo and a drink, which seem to be strategically priced to maximise the dollar out of your pocket and into theirs. It doesn't remove the fact that it's one of the best burgers around and the "Almighty" is my favourite. Worth a visit when it's not so busy, which this place gets at times.

    Lastly I love how it's open between 3-5pm which is not often the case with many restaurants.

  • Epitome Cafe Restaurant
    Restaurants    Lane Cove, NSW

    The key part for me is that they try, they try in their customer service and table service as well as putting on live music on an evening - mainly when it's a little warmer.

    I disagree that there is "lots of seating" in the courtyard. If that's lots, then well Australia has lots of States and the prices are "lots" as well. Neither is true of course. JarrahOlives is right about getting being slow, but honestly that doesn't bother me, as most of the time I have plenty of time when I am in Lane Cove.

    Coffee is just good and far from full bodied and robust in flavour. Prices are on par with the plethora of Coffee Shops in the Plaza. Food was good though a little on the average size considering what one pays.

    So my biggest drawback, is the non-lots courtyard which allows smokers. Being a bit close to the main road - means you already suck the car fumes, but around food (and families) why do they even have ash trays! If they got rid of this, I would add a star, as such the taste of death which accompanies my meal, makes this place below average.

    It does come with entertainment in the sense of the waiters dodging the cyclists who take short cuts through the plaza. That's always added value. I go here because they try, I don't if I see a smoker which is far too often.

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  • Parge Local Star  reviewed Gloria Jeans Coffee
    What is already under new management after being open for what seems like less than a year, it still goes "alright." It's really a case of what type of coffee you like. If you what a creamy caramel style light coffee, Gloria Jeans is for you.

    If you want a heavier stronger and richer coffee there is plenty of cafe's metres away which offer much cheaper and a more genuine coffee. Gloria Jeans is really starting to price itself out of the Australian market and when you consider how much variety and choice is nearby, there is a reason when nearby cafes have queues waiting for their coffee's whilst this Gloria Jeans has a few scattered customers.

    Service is fine on the few times I have been here with my family everything seems fine and it was mainly on the fact we could find a table rather than anything else. Still can't believe the prices in such a competitive location.

    Not the best coffee for the true locals.
    • Parge Local Star 
      Since TrueLocal do not publish my "true" negative reviews.
      I had to be generous and give this place 1.5 stars, the fact it has now closed down, illustrates that my initial assessment and review was correct.

      4 months ago - 13/06/2014

  • Minh Diese Newbie  reviewed LYNN Shanghai Cuisine
    The photo of the "Mango Pudding with Seasonal Fruits" in the menu shows mango pudding, cubes of fresh mango, slices of kiwi fruit, raspberries and blueberries. However, what was served was mango pudding, cubes of fresh mango, and a whole lot of whipped cream.
    When I asked the wait staff, said 'the photos are for reference purposes only'.
    We argued back and forth as I believe that photos should somewhat ressemble the product. They went on by saying that the 'seasonal fruit' is the mango. They finally buckled in the end and said they had run out of other fruits but refused to apologize or show sympathy. Rude.
    Its a shame I won't be coming back as this was one of my favourite restaurants.
    • Parge Local Star 
      They really should have pictures of a Taiwanese market place to accurately reflect what this so called restaurant is about.


  • Waldoeview Cafe Crowd  reviewed Starbucks
    Waldo walked a mile to have an early morning coffee, after a govt agency decided to have a holiday and not tell those with appointments, so we had time to kill.

    I've had Starbucks in other countries and it is great to know that yuouu can get what you want when you go there.

    Finding i could still get a signature hot chocolate with 2 shots was great. Missus had a coconut bread that was toasted warm and crunchy on the edges with a caramel hazelnut frappe, coffee base, great flavour.

    Staff could be a littlke friendlier, though we don't always have great days, who knows...a cheery disposition is a part of good service.

    Heaters on the sidewalk were great too, very windy day. is good to know you can get, what you know.

    • Parge Local Star 
      There's not many reviewers who write more than one line without justifying their rating. Luckily for the Truelocals, their are reviewers like yourself, as most of the time you are spot on with your review and reading your review is the difference between going to an establishment or walking elsewhere.

      Though we may disagree on a few reviews at times, at least you bother to justify your answer. Truelocal should reconsider their "Star" policy based on quality and depth, rather than just volume of reviews.

      Keep up the awesome reviews Waldoe



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