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  • 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.

  • The Establishment bar
    Pubs & Bars    Sydney, NSW

    What I really liked about this place was the fact that the cocktail waiters were willing to try and make my favourite drink (Bobby Burns) even though they weren't familiar with the drink. Using top shelf Scotch at a reasonable price - was more than I could ask for. I felt they got it right the first time, but seemed to lose flavour and get worse by the third order.

    Otherwise atmosphere in the Establishment is just alright. Way too many suits, but it does mean that it's a little highbrow crowd. Any evening after work the place is packed with corporate high flying types.

    Besides Friday evenings, most nights I can seem to get a seat for my self and few freidsn and enjoy our evening. Drinks are a little pricey, but I think they are more than fair for an inner city up market bar. I can say they are not as nearly as expensive as another bar for example.

    The staff are very nice to look at and generally courteous and quick. They can get caught chatting amongst themselves a fair bit, but it's not painful or anything.

  • LYNN Shanghai Cuisine
    Restaurants    Sydney, NSW

    As for the food - way too authentic. By authentic I mean way too much fat on the bone. Poor quality vegetables and to add taste they have simply drowned the food in X-O sauce or salty soy sauce, and if that's not "authentic" enough just get some chilies and pour it over the top. But hey, if you are like the rest of the patrons and you like this sort of food and market place atmosphere ~ whilst paying top dollar this is the place for you.



  • Sushi Bay
    Restaurants    Baulkham Hills, NSW

    There is nothing "wrong" with Sushi Bay, rather there is nothing brilliant about it either!

    I would say based on quality and quantity dishes are on the expensive side and really too many which are just too average rather than being special. Dishes like the Karaage Chicken were good, but no level of flavours which are found at other restaurants.

    If you want Sushi or Japanese , this place is "fine" but again a little pricey. Nothing wrong overall.

  • Gloria Jeans Coffee
    Cafes    Lane Cove, NSW

    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.

  • Adam Spooner Photography
    Photographers    Engadine, NSW

    I can't comment directly on his pricing, but I have been around some of the events he's photographed and found him to be really personal. Get great shots but not destroying the event, or changing the event to be about the photo's. Making sure people enjoy the moment, whilst being there to capture the memories for ever.

    With truly personal service and what more can I say that of ALL of my friends who have used Adam Spooner photography highly recommend his services. This is why he seems to be the photographer of choice every time there is a wedding or special occasion, Adam Spooner seems to always be there of late, which is not just a good thing but a great thing for all.

  • Three Beans Coffee Vanilla Mung
    Cafes    Chatswood, NSW

    Wow what a difference between this place and other which has been around too long and forgotten what it means to be a cafe. Better service, friendly staff and of all the coffee chains you can think of, simply the strongest and richest coffee blend on the market.

    I will make it clear, some people don't want a super strong coffee, But if you do, this is the place for you, not just in Chatswood hasn't been found by the shouting and screaming Asian nation - but anywhere. If you want a softer blend (and that's fair enough) well then go elsewhere. Otherwise this is the chain for you and I have nothing bad to say about this cafe in Chatswood .

  • The Good Guys
    Home Entertainment Retailers    Castle Hill, NSW

    From the size of the store to the "useless" greeting when you walk in the store, really no complaints with this store. Sure it's not as good as their Taren Point store franchise, as I felt they did better bargains and price comparison.

    But this store still does a decent job. Castle Hill also has photo development - though I found the Kodak staff rather cranking to be honest. I did like their range of products and bought my air conditioner and printed some pics from these "Good guys."

  • Pablo & Rusty's
    Takeaways    Lane Cove, NSW

    Yeah it's good ingredients, but the price and portion size is one third of what other cafes are serving 10m away!

    So why the 1 stars? The coffee is very good, still over priced like the food, but well worth it take away wise. Yes they know their coffee!

  • Aristocrat
    Restaurants    Lane Cove, NSW

    Like so many Cafe's in Sydney - if you get just bacon and eggs - you wonder how on earth can they get away charging these prices!! But I will say that the full breakfast for $18.50 was well worth it! Dare I say almost too much.

    Service was excellent, really no complaints. There seems to be about Twenty cafes in Lane Cove (no exaggeration), so a testament to Aristorcrat it was here before all the commercial chains and remains solid after they have swamped Lane Cove.

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