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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.

  • Ted Baker
    Clothing Retailers    Sydney, NSW

    I am so glad they brought this store to Sydney and truly can't get enough from this designer. From the always changing, yet always in fashion - perfectly tailored shirts, to simply the best mens clothes in the market.

    Straight out of London, the feel and vibe of the line each season complements the Sydney fashion scene. The jackets and pants (trousers) helps me feel like I have just got off the Bond street red bus and ready for a night starting with cocktails, show at the West End and hitting the clubs afterwards.

    Though it's a bit pricey, this is a good thing as you don't want every idiot wearing the same as yourself, trying to copy your London look. Take your time and use the staff to get your perfect fit.

  • Gloria Jean's Coffees
    Cafes    Drummoyne, NSW

    Another franchise in name only.

    Take all the worse aspects of a cafe and this Gloria Jeans delivers in every possible way. Rude stuff busy on their phone, instead of serving customers. The loyalty card service being down, so you can't use points to get a free coffee you are entitled too, or get free points. Plenty of yelling between staff in a language which I am not familiar with. The Ice Coffee I ordered was way too sweet and the size of the large was only filled 3/4 qtrs - a top up was out of the question.

    I was the only person in the cafe, so it suggests that the locals know what I am talking about.

    I would dis-enfranchise this cafe if I was Gloria Jeans HQ.

  • Costis Fish And Chips
    Takeaways    North Sydney, NSW

    The North Sydney area is all about speed. Feeding the masses for lunch as fast as possible. The good thing about Costis is that it's quick and tasty seafood.

    It loses stars for being a little on the pricey side. But the seafood is fresh and prepared fresh enough considering the high turnover or high volume of meals prepared. I love the grilled fish or specifically the salmon. You can always see the seafood on display, so if your not happy - wait for the next batch (if you have time) or order something else.

    My favourite snack or lunch for many people, is the five fish cocktails and chips.

    For those who work on Saturday, the good news is that it's one of the few places which is open on a Saturday in the eatery.

  • Fresh Crows Nest
    Cafes    Crows Nest, NSW

    They say don't sweat the little things, I say the little things are the difference between an okay Cafe and one I would recommend online.

    What makes "Fresh crows nest" the best in the area, the best I have been to for a while? It's the little things. It's the great smooth rich textured coffee served in cups which define large when you actually order large.

    It's having the menu changed with a smile, as your friends have weird dietary requirements. It's about not being charged for smashing a plate (though we paid anyway, as it was our fault) and it's the way they look after babies/toddlers and make the parents feel welcome (which isn't always the case).

    Food is fresh and full of creativity and tastes great. We ordered some open grilled sandwiches and all were made to perfection. There's really nothing bad to say about this cafe including being off the main road, so you aren't sucking the fumes of the cars as you enjoy your cafe experience.

  • Bacino Espresso
    Cafes    North Sydney, NSW

    Reasonably priced and damn good quick coffee from a shop that is as most peoples bathroom but has plenty of heart, soul and guys who know how to make quick and efficient coffee.

    Friendly, fast and good coffee. Any one working in North Sydney shouldn't need any more encouragement than this.

  • Gloria Jean's Coffees
    Cafes    Sydney, NSW

    Spot on reviewer bradlyloco.

    Dirty, loud and below average coffee for Gloria Jeans or otherwise. I was put off by the music. As a traveler, if I go to Italy I want Italian music, if I go to Indonesia I would expect the best Indonesian music the country has to offer. So when in Australia, is it too much to ask to tune into something more Australian?

    I don't care that the staff want to yell at each other in a foreign language, though I would suggest it's a bad vibe. But does the music have to blare like it's owned by a bad K Pop bad or worse, just loud c**p.

    The staff were average in attitude, though I don't need more than a good quick coffee and pleasant environment. I got less than the basics. A major disappointment, from a franchise that can deliver.

  • Shingle Inn Eastgardens
    Cafes    Eastgardens, NSW

    Another cafe in the cluttered array of cafe chains that litter the Australian landscape. So I ventured into Shingle Inn and when I walked out, I almost got the Shingles due to lack of creativity, no u.s.p underwhelming staff and really did the right thing and gave them a go, but now that I have I won't be back. Coffee was creamy in texture rather than strong or flavoursome. Cafe was noisy with staff attitude rather than buzzing with the next great novel or a muso writing their next hit. Cake tasted old and dry and if I could be bothered it should have been returned, but I feel the staff was more interested in going home for the day vs worrying about quality and food service.

    It's still not the worse cafe in Eastgardens. But try any of the other franchises for a cheaper, better coffee and entire cafe experience.

  • Skycity Darwin
    Hotels    The Gardens, NT

    If I had to be honest I would start by saying that this place is way too expensive considering its rather remote location from Darwin Centre. But lets take away the price alone, as this isnt a concern for everyone.

    This SkyCity Hotel is a beautiful hotel in Darwin. I stayed in one of the newer Lagoon rooms on the top story (2). If the water was a bit deeper, I could jump off my balcony straight into the water, but its a lagoon, not a diving platform. There is also another pool which is featured in most of the Casino propaganda but I didnt bother to check this pool out found on the other side of the complex. The Lagoon was sublime and often I was the only one swimming in it of an afternoon or evening, also has a pool bar connected to it.
    The room was awesome with huge bathroom, electronic do not disturb and Service my room signage. Excellent toiletries including and air conditioning which is probably making a huge hole in the ozone above Darwin, but it works well considering the tropical humidity, its so needed. My room was a decent walk from the reception are, which wouldnt be so bad if it wasnt Darwin, but you can live with it. If I was elderly or had lots of luggage, I would ask the concierge to drive me by buggy to my room but you can walk slowly and make it.

    Room service meals in the room, is like adding $15 to what I consider the normal Sydney main price average. The Hotel is part of the Casino which is great as it has plenty of restaurants, but I was caught out one Saturday evening with no booking and hence nowhere to eat. The city is a $10 taxi ride and not worth it when all you want to do is grab a bite to eat. There is a free shuttle service for guests, but this runs three times per day and not in the evenings. I ended up eating party pies and chips which tastes like it was in the bane maire since last night. I do find it strange you can enter the casino in thongs and stubbies, but hey to each his own, and when in Rome, where sandals.

    Reception was fine, though they took an eternity to check me out. I am still not convinced that they added my QANTAS card to my booking, so I can get the Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

    Otherwise I just needed directions for to the around the hotel. Breakfast was just reasonable at $17 but really you dont have that many other options unless you go into town. Grabbing a sandwich and coffee in the Casino set me back $11 anyway.
    Fantastic Hotel and really has that full resort feel. A little on the pricey side and if you just want a cheaper room in Darwin, look for a Hotel in the Darwin Centre for a 3rd or 4th of the price. You do get what you pay for and it was sublime. Biggest draw back is being out of town and away from the action, its okay if you dont mind grabbing a cab every time and back. Great hotel, crap location.

  • Golden Lake Seafood Chinese Restaurant
    Restaurants    Baulkham Hills, NSW

    Why is it that when new management comes in they increase prices - thinking this is the best way to turn around the business?

    Sadly they have also sacked all their regular waiters who knew their regulars, was extremely friendly and customer focused.

    So after making this my regular weekly Chinese, it's now become an AVOID at all costs lunch venue. I have given the new management three chances before writing this review and lets say, things have got worse.

    The first problem is the wait over lunch! The first time it was 35mins, then it was 40mins and the last time (even though the place was rather empty) had me and my work colleague waiting over 1 hour for our food. The worse part was them telling us it will only be 5mins, it will only be 5mins.

    As mentioned the prices have increased with the new management. Portions seemed to have got smaller - not significantly, but they haven't stayed the same for sure. They have also changed the names of a few dishes, a fancy name doesn't make the food better, or warrant a price increase. As for actual flavour I think it has dropped off considerably, but this in itself wasn't the reason why I won't come back.

    I appreciate that new management and new staff means it will take time for them to learn their regulars, but I feel they have very little interest in delivering the basics of a restaurant, good customer service, good food and at an affordable price. I have officially "sacked" this place after being of it's weekly regulars.

  • Lucky Dragon Seafood Restaurant
    Restaurants    Sutherland, NSW

    So I have been back to this place to give it a chance and all I can say is that it's got worse.

    It's under new management which means the first thing they do is increase the price. Now I already felt this place was too expensive in June 2012, a year and two months on and let's say inflation hasn't exactly caught up with the prices and price hike.

    If you are thinking of the lunch specials, you will need to order two meals to make up for the small size.

    I could break down every dish my family and I ordered. But the entree sums it up. We ordered the Satay chicken, where everywhere else in the world doesn't come Deep FRIED with soggy thick batter around each piece of chicken - it's normally BBQ'd. Then on top of this was the worse satay sauce which had no satay flavour, it was like peanut butter 10% and water 90% which shouldn't be on any food. Especially deep fried battered food!

    Now repeat this explanation for all main dishes and you have an understanding of where I am coming from. I have tried to given them a second chance, especially since management has changed. But never again, not at any price and especially considering the prices.

  • Burp Killer Burritos
    Takeaways    Adelaide, SA

    If your looking for cheap and "nasty" Mexican this is your place. Not to say that the food is bad or anything. It's just doesn't have that feel like the place is "clean." I will say that the prices here were more than reasonable and my burrito was a decent size and tasty.

    Truelocals who want to spend a little more will go 15m down the road, to get what was fresher and cleaner Mexican. But I don't want to take away anything from Burp, if you are looking for a quick Mexican feed in Adelaide City and your on a budget, head to Burp.

  • Dominelli Ford
    Car Dealers    Sutherland, NSW

    Bought a new Ford Focus from them and let's say I have been disappointed every time I bring it to the dealership for a service. Not once have I just gone in for a service and left paying the agreed price. Instead it's always something they find I must do. Now, I am no petrol-head so you have to have place a lot of good will and a lot of trust to your car mechanic, but I feel this place doesn't warrant anyone.

    Even though I bought my car from this dealership, paid full freight for service and serviced my car every time it's been suggested by Ford, at this specific dealership so they know what work has been done to the car. After 3 years, they would only offer me 32% of what I can get selling the car privately, and this is part of a deal, with me buying a new Ford from them, as a trade-in. If anything I would have thought they would have offered a little more, since I am buying a new car from them, but Na! Less than third of the price I can get elsewhere.

    The other annoying consistent trait of Dominelli Ford at Sutherland is they say your car is ready for pick up - and when I arrive to actually pick up the car in the afternoon, it still hasn't been washed and I end up waiting 45mins for the car, this isn't the first time it's happened. Rather it will be the last as I don't intend coming back here any more.

  • Dendy Cinemas
    Cinema    Sydney, NSW

    Being based in the heart of the Quay may mean you either have to catch public transport here, or pay for parking which can cost you just as much as movie! You wouldn't want the movie to be a 3 hour classic, as this could get real costly.

    Though the cinema doesn't have Xtreme view, or super surround sound it doesn't have too as its not showing the next blockbuster, but rather arthouse films the commercial cinemas won't touch. I always find this Dendy super busy no matter what I am seeing or any time of the day.

    My biggest complaint is the prices, but I guess I would complain about most cinemas as a whole. I will say the patrons are far more respectful when they are watching a film compared to other commercial cinemas, so you don't have to hear their conversations over the movie itself.

    Staff are polite and reasonable. With so many cool (but expensive) bars nearby, it's nice to grab a few drinks before or after the movie. Great location.

  • Nando's
    Takeaways    Broadway, NSW

    Look Nando's is expensive, I accept that and know before I even walk up to the counter to order. But considering that it's in an eatery and not a stand alone store, competing directly with the food courts nearby, I thought this Nando's would be a little more price sensitive.

    That will do me! Let's just say Truelocals you can get a whole chook just metres away for the price of a half a one at Nando's.. give or take a few bucks.

  • The Lansdowne Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    Broadway, NSW

    I am pretty sure this bar is older than me, with some much tradition comes so much 'run-down-ness' which features heavily with this bar. It seems most of the drinking doesn't happen in the bar, but outside coming close to spilling onto the road.

    There use to be bands that played at the Lansdowne, but I could be dating myself. As though bands use to play here, I don't recall having my social drink interrupted by some loud band - battling the Sydney pub scene. But then again I don't go out that late like I use too either. - Late enough though.

    Beer prices seem to come with a premium and no real reason why? Staff a bit direct, but nothing different to the average Sydney pub. Plenty of history in this bar, but really nothing to it nowadays. As the 2 stars states "below average" with the history comes the smell of a stale by gone era.

  • Off Broadway Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    Broadway, NSW

    I think the secret to this bars success is the extremely friendly staff which doesn't rotate every week, like so many other bars nearby. As a former pokie player the staff were attentive with free drinks and quick to pay out.

    It helps that the staff know their sport, so you will always get key games and sound for key sporting events. Drinks are reasonably priced. Plenty of parking nearby (though remember never drink and drive). Foods rather bad - hence why it lost a star, but I would go nearby and then come here for a drink or two.

  • Republic Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    Sydney, NSW

    I find this bar or pub a little too small for my liking.

    What I do like is that the drinks are super super cold. It's like the glasses are chilled as well as the beer and soft drinks to produce the coldest drinks in Sydney. But saying that I find the down stair bar way too crowded and doesn't take many people to in bar to create a line to get a drink!

    Pokie room upstairs, but can't say I have been to the restaurant. Shame simonc22 didn't fully review the restaurant and explain why he gave it 4 stars?

    Staff are fine, but again service is flawed as the bar fills up easily and makes it very crowded. So getting to the bar and then getting severed can be a slight hassle. If your walking from Townhall or Pitt Street mall to the Quay (and didn't take George Street, why not?) this is well worth a stop in for one. But overall I wouldn't be spending my evenings here.

    No atmosphere and tried to cram too much into a small bar. Including TAB area.

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