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  • The Rag And Famish Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    North Sydney, NSW

    If you found a Killian in Ireland and rove down middle street wearing a green suit, at 12pm on a Wednesday, you couldn't get as more middle then this place. It's so middle of the road pub.

    The staff do their job, the drinks are right on average for North Sydney (so a little expensive) and if I had to explain the food - middle of the road. Sure a little pricey, but normal for North Sydney.

    The punters that drink here are also middle of the road (not in a bad way, as I can include myself here). Just that they aren't the high flyers, cocktail crowd or some young ladies starting their night off. Na, it's just middle of the road people having a quick catch up before they head home.

    The food we tried was rather slow to come out, but that's okay as it was busy. Size and taste wise was rather expensive to be honest, but again that North Sydney.

    So so

  • Fire House Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    North Sydney, NSW

    I really only come here if work Colleagues make me, and when they do it's for the $10 burgers. Which include Pulled Pork, Beef, Chicken and I think there's two other burgers on the special menu for diner. All come with chips and aoli and are well worth the visit.

    Drinks are reasonable for the area. Chivas and Coke for $9.50 ($4 cheaper than a nearby bar with a "Verandah") always seems to have room and a table, even on a Friday night, as it's not the best after works venue. A bit lowbrow I think for the North Sydney suits.

    But I got no complaints, staff do their job and aren't out the back hitting on eachother or patrons, so you get your drinks in a timely fashion. No huge pokie room which is a good thing and an upstairs area, hence why there's always enough room. Though some drinks/specials available are not available at all bars which is weird.

    Check this place out if in the area and feel unpretentious.

  • Kurtosh
    Cafes    Crows Nest, NSW

    As atan7 points out this is a Prague speciality, though I believe it originates from Hungary and I found plenty of similar shops in Budapest.

    So is Kurtosh authentic Hungarian pastries? Sadly it doesn't come close. I don't mind it at all - but I just find it over priced quantity wise. Great use of space and I like how they make the food in front of the customers - authentic style. But the finished product is too sweet - probably works in the Australian market place but not for me. The other cakes we tried, tasted like they have been there too long.

    Yeah it's okay, but wouldn't be rushing there too soon.

  • Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill
    Restaurants    Chatswood, NSW

    I have to start by disagreeing with my fellow reviewers.

    Simply the worse Mexican from the Cabramatta of the North Shore, to Mexico via Baltimore and Washington. This is the 3rd Salsa franchise I have given a go and they are all as tasteless and crap as each other.

    Focussing on Chatswood. Nachos : the meat was cold, under cooked. TASTELESS and this included the guacamole on the top. Sour crme tasted like off milk to the point of scraping it off, not like "sour" in a good way.

    The burrito wasn't wrapped well so fell apart. Also TASTELESS it makes me wonder how this franchise even exits. You had your chance, never again. I would say avoid like the plague, but the plague doesn't charge as much as Salsa.

  • EB Games
    Toys & Computer Games Retailers    North Sydney, NSW

    What I like about this place is they give great advice on games and gaming equipment even if you are not buying anything. Four times I went in asked questions and absolutely no pressure to buy a thing after the awesome advice.

    This included the best headset around - which they didn't have in stock.

    Prices are fine, buts considering their main competition is online and JBHiFi they are at least competitive. Ended up buying some expansion backs from the. which I could have got online, but these people deserve my business.

    Drop in for a chat, advice and definitely a game or two!

  • Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill
    Takeaways    Bondi Junction, NSW

    Seriously I do not understand how this place or any of the Salsa places are in business. I am pretty fair and give them all at least one chance, so I am not painting them all with one brush.

    But lets focus on Bondi franchise. Food took for ever! For an eatery this is pretty bad! Secondly the chips in the nachos were burnt or under cooked. I left over half as they were burnt. But the key for me with so much choice in the eatery, is taste, or rather the lack thereof. I mean I have eaten Mexican all around the world, and Salsa Bondi have somehow removed all taste from their nachos and Burritos which we tried.

    How can you remove taste from guacamole? The mince had some pepper added but that was it. After all this it isn't cheap either. Never again.

  • Mad Mex
    Restaurants    Macquarie Park, NSW

    My 23 month old son, loves nothing more than to share a Nachos. So we are started to go to many Mexican food establishments across Sydney. As a family we don't just order Nachos but order a number of things.

    True locals know they can go down the escalator and try a cheaper Mexican, but this Mad Mex is worth every penny. So much flavour and doesn't have to be spicy to be good. Really one of the better franchises and Macquaire doesn't let the team down.

    Nachos comes as a decent serve and enough for my son and I to share for lunch. Well worth the visit.

  • 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.

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