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  • L.I.K.E STYLE Hairdressing
    Hairdressers    St Leonards, NSW

    First of all the pic on this review is over 4 years old and I question whether it was ever accurate. The cars are rather rundown and look like a toddler has been trying to eat the car seats. TV and videos are up to date with Peppa Pig.

    I felt it was expensive compared to places we have now found for toddlers. Previous haircut was fine, though nothing special. Let's say my toddler looked cuter after haircuts elsewhere.

    Our biggest beef with this place, is that we have made two bookings and both were not honoured and double booked. The only hairdresser, no plural "staff" as suggested in the write up above. Confirmed the booking as heard by both my partner and I, but when we turned up with a toddler not easy to do, as no easy parking nearby. We were told it was for two days later and no apology. Then a week later, when we booked it again, we had the same issue.

    Again after showing up with our toddler and organising work around getting there. The booking was somehow moved to two days later. I felt the rudeness of the only staff member, suggested that the second instance was almost deliberate! As if I had stuffed up a customer once, I would make sure to do everything to keep their business if they gave me a second chance which we did.

    Expensive haircuts, average in nature. They know how to take the reservation, they just don't know how to hold the reservation.

  • Lane Cove Auto Care
    Mechanic    Lane Cove, NSW

    So I have switched to Felix and his team here in Lane Cove and found his service ultra competitive in terms of price. Everything was upfront and got a call as soon as there was going to be any additional costs.

    Auto Care Lane Cove also gave me a few options in terms of how I wanted my car fixed. So I could use a time frame that suits me and possibly lower the costs. Car was serviced same day. Will be saying with Lane Cove Auto Care for all my car service needs.

  • The Rice Den
    Takeaways    Chatswood, NSW

    Food is rather exceptional here. Starting with the duck wonton soup.

    Then you can go any of the fried rice varieties from a great main meal. Or try the soft shell crab main. Everything else I have had from here has always been exceptional in terms of taste and decent sized mains.

    For Chatswood, it could be considered a little expensive, but worth the extra few bucks. It's also a little small, but that just means you get some personal service and more attention to detail. Wooden seats can get a little uncomfortable.

    Well worth the visit.

  • Minskys Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    Cremorne, NSW

    As pubs go, this is decent enough. Nothing flash, whilst at the same time nothing bad to say either. Usual pokie room and mug betting terminals.

    Why I give this pub a higher than average rating is it's late opening hours. So often I am looking for a place to drink late into the evening. So Minsky's with it's late opening hours and piano bar is the place to come.

    Overall the staff are friendly enough and drinks are reasonable for the North Shore and surrounding area. When everything else closes, your always welcome at Minskys

  • Wooden Spoon Bar & Restaurant
    Restaurants    Cremorne, NSW

    Close to one of the worse experiences I have ever had. To the point where I question how these people are in business and still open.

    Food was ordinary and plain. Lacked flavor, creativity and taste. Didn't think it was cheap either. The drinks were rather over priced. Whilst the service bordered on a scene from Faulty Towers.

    I also felt cramped, which wasn't necessary considering that most of the other tables were empty.

  • Luxe Espresso Bondi
    Restaurants    Bondi Junction, NSW

    What I find so strange about this place is having alcohol right in the middle of the mall.

    Otherwise the coffee is fine though nothing to write home about. I wasn't convinced that the food I had for an early diner or afternoon snack was ll that fresh. They seemed to simply heat up - pre-made food and that's exactly how it tasted,

    Coffee and all drinks were reasonably priced. Though the food was well over priced, especially considering the competition in the eatery.

  • Lettuce Tempt You
    Cafes    Lane Cove, NSW

    I have to disagree with my fellow reviewers who feel this place is over priced! I mean it's located in Lane Cove! I come here mainly for a coffee and raisin toast for my boy. Normally this would set you back $4.00 for the coffee and another $4 for one slice of raisin toast. Combined this is $5 for a regular coffee and two pieces of toast. So I don't call this pricey, but the best way to start my mornings with my son in Lane Cove.

    We have also tried the bacon and egg roll, which is fine. Atleast "Lettuce Tempt You" has more selection than just white rolls. Staff are friendly, prompt and do their best during the lunch rush!

  • Carre Noir
    Restaurants    Chatswood, NSW

    A well family run cafe with plenty of variety to choose from, other than great chocolate.

    It can be a little hard to find which is a good thing as it means it's never packed or full of people desperate to be seen. Rather, I always get a table. They also have highchairs which isn't the case for other cafe's in Chatswood. They made my 2 year old feel very welcome.

    We had the Carre Big breakfast, with it's chorizo sausage and pickled vegetables (plus toast, bacon and eggs etc) it whisked me away to a cafe on the Mediterranean. Whilst my friend enjoyed the smoked salmon for breakfast.

    Coffee is fine and worth the 'wait.' Prizes seemed reasonable and well worth it for the Chatswood area.

    Free WiFi as well.

  • Nando's
    Takeaways    North Sydney, NSW

    I consider Nando's one of the better Chicken franchises.

    Sadly you also have to pay for it, a little exy compared to the other Chicken shops nearby. My favourite is the Pita pocket breads with a mild sauce or the half chook and chips with corn on the cob sides. Just don't expect change from $15.

    Service is just fine here, though can be a bit slow, especially during the lunch rush where it's impossible to grab a seat in their small dining area. But I would rather wait a little longer and make sure they cook my food, then them rush it.

    Overall the store delivers what is expected from the popular franchise. Above average food at a price.

  • Nando's
    Takeaways    St Leonards, NSW

    I consider Nando's one of the better Chicken franchises.

    Sadly you also have to pay for it, a little exy compared to the other Chicken shops nearby. My favourite is the Pita pocket breads with a mild sauce or the half chook and chips with corn on the cob sides. Just don't expect change from $15.

    Service is just fine here, though can be a bit slow. But the store delivers what is expected from the popular franchise. Above average food at a price.

  • Commonwealth Bank
    Banks    North Sydney, NSW

    Seriously, why does the bank bother to employ a person to stand at the front of the bank and guide you to the the teller queue? Seriously wouldn't it be better to use CBA's billion dollar profit on having that actual teller so the customers aren't waiting longer and longer in line. I just do not understand.

    As such a simple deposit took well over 25mins (not even in the lunch break rush) at around 10:30am. Probably like most bank branches, make the banks happy and avoid branches where ever possible, especially this one. Unless of coure you have a spare 30mins.

  • Din tai fung
    Restaurants    North Sydney, NSW

    From my youth, one of my favourite dishes of all time is the Wonton Soup, a bit of greens, but definitely no noodles. It's great to find a place which does this perfectly. The wontons are always made fresh (definitely never frozen), packed with pork and shrimp. At the time of writing its $6.90 for 4 wontons, or $8.90 for six wontons. Add plenty of soy sauce, if you like it to my tastes.

    I have tried the fried rice and other dishes, but honestly they are beyond a rip off. I could eat three of the fried rice dishes, at about $13 a pop. I would call it pricey, but being based in North Sydney one of the most important aspects is speed for the locals, so they can get back to work. Din Tai Fung is no place for a workmans lunch.

  • Din Tai Fung
    Takeaways    Pyrmont, NSW

    From my youth, one of my favourite dishes of all time is the Wonton Soup, a bit of greens, but definitely no noodles. It's great to find a place which does this perfectly. The wontons are always made fresh (definitely never frozen), packed with pork and shrimp. At the time of writing its $6.90 for 4 wontons, or $8.90 for six wontons.

    I have tried the fried rice and other dishes, but honestly they are beyond a rip off. I could eat three of the fried rice dishes, at about $13 a pop.

    In terms of quality Din Tai Fung competes with the local fair around the casino. Service is very quick, so punters can head back up the Casino and continue gambling. If it wasn't for the Wonton Soup - I would give this place a miss due to quantity and price.

  • Bankwest
    Banks    North Sydney, NSW

    I can never seem to walk into this branch and out with a minimum of fuss. here's two occasions.

    First time I wanted to view all my accounts (3) online and though I was told I can when I left the branch. This was NOT the case when I got home and logged on. All the promises by the branch staff member, amounted to having to call BankWest and have them set it up properly so I could bank in the 21st Century.

    The other time I went into this branch I wanted to make a small cash deposit. As a bloke who once worked at the track, I took cash bets (deposits) wrote out the receipt and worked out the odds all manually within seconds, so the customer could truly "have a happy day." The staff member who took my cash ($92.70) $90 in notes and $2.70 in coins, took so long, if it was at the races and you wanted to get on the first race, by the time she issued me a receipt I would be lucky to get on the 4th race. Seriously took over 15mins. There was only two customers in the branch at the time.

    Happy Banking doesn't have to be slow as all buggery, quadruple checking banking!

  • 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.

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