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Joined 12 January 2010   Cherrybrook, NSW

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  • Ikea
    Department Stores    Rhodes, NSW

    Sydney's insatiable appetite for flat-packed, affordable furniture seems to be growing and now there are 2 IKEA stores in our fine city.
    Since Tempe opened, this ikea seems to be less crowded on a weekend, but it is still a little tricky navigating the store without bumping into people.
    I love looking at the displays to see what living in a mini home would feel like. I often reflect in my own disheveled living spaces and wonder how ikea manage to keep things so orderly.

    Bought a few more items such as a shoe cabinet and a table- will be back for more!

  • Hillside Hotel
    Pubs & Bars    Castle Hill, NSW

    Came here to try the $10 meals! The tone was delicious, the portion is perfect at 300g for a lady, but the men found the portions a little small. The venue has a nice atmosphere and there are lots of group tables. There is also a larger area upstairs which has a Mexican restaurant and bar, but you still order from the downstairs menu. The staff are friendly but we came on a busy day so our food took about 40minutes to be ready. Will come here again especially for the $10 steak!

  • Gelateria Gondola
    Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt    Chatswood, NSW

    Great authentic italian gelato. There was a little crowd gathering outside this gelato store, located close to the PapaRich outlet in Chatswood. There were over 20 flavours that were avaliable including tiramisu, pistachio, vanilla and fragola (strawberry).
    The service was quick and the gelato was incredibly delicious. Two scoops for $7.50 or one scoop for $5.

    Will definitely come again!

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  • atan7 Local Star  reviewed SydneySide Media Furniture
    Clean lines, modern, simple and chic- the entertainment units at Sydneyside are really nice. The quality is expectional too with well design soft-close drawers.
    The service was a bit overwhelming and in-you-face at the Castle Hill sotre- so we ended up buying it from the CrowsNest store and was serviced by Lawrence who was understanding and courteous- guding us through all the necessary details to assist with our purchase. Our unit will come in 6-8 weeks which is pretty normal for furniture but very reasonable considering ours is custom made to order. I'll see whether I am still this impressed after I get the unit delivered and installed :)
    • atan7 Local Star 
      It looked great! They installed it well. What will be interesting is that 4 weeks ago one of the hinges broke (we just opened it and it collapsed). We have emailed Sydneyside and sent photos but haven't heard back yet... So I'll let you know how their customer service is soon!

      2 months ago - 30/06/2014

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  • atan7 Local Star  reviewed Kurtosh
    Located near the main strip of crows nest amongst the busy restaurants is this warm, modern rustic dessert house. If you have ever been to Prague, you will recognize the tubes of doughy goodness, which are freshly baked and covered in sugar and cinnamon. Other cakes can also be purchased for $45/100g we tried a few varieties but some were a little dry. The ambience however is warm and inviting, with lots of tables to enjoy a nice chat with friends after dinner.
    • atan7 Local Star 
      The Tiramisu was nice but it is all about the Kurtosh dougy spirals of goodness... try the basic cinnamon one...

      5 months ago - 10/04/2014

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  • atan7 Local Star  reviewed Alio Restaurant
    Chef Ashley Hughes has really opened my eyes to quality Italian cooking. A friend and went to Alio for dinner on a Monday night and decided to experience the degustation menu.
    The service was impeccable- our waitress Tracey was highly knowledgable and made us feel welcome form the moments we were seated. Warm red walls and candlelights make this establishment perfect for a slow cosy meal.
    Warm olives in an olive oil, rosemary and chilli dressing were quickly devoured, this was followed by a focaccia-like bread with more olive oil. Restraint was needed to ensure we had enough rooms for the degustation ahead.
    A beautifully prepared rocket, fig and proscuitto salad was next, followed by a cooked salmon fillet with chickpeas and what I thought was a mild white wasabi... but was actually horseradish (very similar really)!
    The best gnocchi I have ever had was then served. Soft, smooth, creamy morsels of doughy potato goodness sitting in a shallow pool of gravy...
    The lamb was perfectly pink in the centre and the portions were very generous.
    We were thoroughly full by this time- but our dessert stomachs were put into action.
    Sweet and tangy blood orange sorbet cleanse our pallet- preparing us for the delicate vanilla bean panna cotta and poached pear (which we were convinced was soaked in red wine).
    Overall, a really great experience and the hours we were in there flew past- would highly recommend the degustation menu here to anyone wanting to have a leisurely dinner with great food and service. (just wished it moved to a nicer part of town!)


    A few tips- I don't think this area is suitable for families as the area has a few unsavoury characters roaming the streets and I didn't feel very safe walking to the restaurant from my car (parked about 5 mins away).
    There seems to be parking at Alio- but I don't know how to get to it as it seems to have its entrance from a back street (maybe call beforehand to ask for directions- I paid for street parking)
    If you are looking for the restaurant using your GPS- the suburb is 'Redfern'... 5 Baptist Street, Surry Hills- doesn't exist on my Tom Tom...
    • atan7 Local Star 
      I went to Alio again and tried their new degustation menu (which I realised chages every month)- it was amazing... Highlights included the baked Camembert cheese fondant with cranberries, the beautifully presented antipasto plate with an assortment of soft preserved meats accompanied with tangy olives and a soft cloud of mozarella cheese with vinegar. The Gnocchi was cooked to perfectation again and my friend also ageed- this was the best gnocchi he has ever had. The service was exceptional- we were tended to by a few different waiters- each as knowledgable and attentive as the other.
      PLUS- I also took my own advice and called beforehand to find out how to get to the Parking- the secret my friend is to turn off Clevelend into Matterson Lane (Just next to Bourke Street and Bar Cleveland.)- convenient, safe & no unsavoury characters to be seen.
      A little fact for all your Entertainment Cardholders- you get $30 off when you use the Entertainment Card (Sydney edition)- that's $54pp- woah

      10/05/2010

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