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Joined 12 January 2010 Cherrybrook, NSW
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Love their work! When we needed to change our locks we called them and they were prompt, efficient, communicative and not too expensive. What makes them even better is that 10 months on, one of our locks didn't work anymore, they organized a time either us, arrived promptly again, and fixed the whole lock for no charge, not even a call out fee. That's good service! They also helped us fix our gate lock at a very reasonable price.
Would highly recommend!
A casual eating spot that serves quality and fresh shish, tabouli, hummus and more.
The staff behind the counter are so lovely and welcoming, the menu displayed on laminate cards. Even though this is a casual eatery, it has a clean and modern feel. We ordered a mixed plate and shared it between two of us. There was a minced lamb, grilled chicken and a lamb shish. Served with fresh Lebanese bread, hummus, garlic sauce and tabouli. It was delicious and fresh and we left feeling full but not too heavy. Will definitely be back!
Really love the food here, it is fresh, full of flavour and the servings are generous so we always leave with a full belly and a warm heart.
The food is spicy but the kick of chilli is what makes it so good. The salmon salad is delicious and we enjoyed the #17 duck and tamarind dish. They have a nice selection of beers here too including Lord Nelson pale ale.
Quick service, expect a line when you arrive and to share a table!
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 :)
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.
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...