I've been here so many times, I've lost count. The service is always professional & friendly - but not too familiar. And the food is consistently good. Portion sizes are generous, prices reasonable, and the vibe is lively.
The staff have never been anything other than helpful with trying to find a spot quickly for 1 or 10 people. The place is popular, and rightly so. Plan for a wait by having a drink down the road at their bar called Fico (it's deliberately not well signed on the outside of the building - but the staff will helpfully, point you in the right direction). Then afterwards, enjoy your Italian pasta delights. Their desserts are a winner too. Simple, and flavoursome.
Most impressed with the service. Bar staff are friendly and interesting to have a chat with while drinks are being prepared. Of course, that only happens when it's a bit quieter and the throng of thirsty swilling hasn't started yet.
Drinks are simple, yet very compelling. The tequila has quite a bit of quick, and I loved that magical timewarp feeling of sinking a few in the dimly lit bar and stepping out into the early evening setting sun realising you are waaaay tipsier than you noticed inside. It felt fun and naughty.
Popcorn for patrons was welcomed, and had the added benefit of keeping me thirsty. I was particularly fond of the Tequila Sunrise.
One of my favourite Sydney restaurants. The staff are amazing, attentive, skilled and friendly - without being in the way. I've been many times now with different people, and everyone's always enjoyed it. It feels like I could come here forever and never get tired of it.
It can be quite a wait to get in but the dumplings are ohh sooo good. The xiao long bow are the best I've had - in fact, this was the first time I've experience dumplings with soup on the inside... that's right - the inside! The restaurant has a card on the table showing you how to eat them with step by step instructions beside the vinegar and soy sauce. Delicious!
A couple colleagues and I went to Din Tai Fung for lunch last week. It was my first time and after all the rave reviews I had heard about this place, my expectations were pretty high. I can confirm that their signature dish, xiao long bao (pork dumplings) is an absolute winner - hot and fresh, soupy and tasty. Another winning dish was their vegetable and wonton with tangy sauce - loved the sauce. I think the prices are slightly higher compared to other similar restaurants and the range is more on the limited side. The next time I return, I'm quite certain I'll just order a heap of pork dumplings and make a meal out of it.
Not the easiest place to find, hidden out the back of a hotel, you'll be taken away by the 1920's decor, and the cocktail list is magical. So much so that Eau De Vie is my choice for a cocktail lounge in Sydney. The service is spot on, with the waitress always knowing my choice of cocktail. definitely one to visit
"Fashion fades and only style remains"...the same can be said about a bar. To be a truly fabulous establishment there has to be more than just a concept (that in time will fade); it has to offer an amazing experience.
Eau-de-vie certainly has the incredible cocktails, original, well-mixed and stylishly presented but these were not what we remembered. Instead our night was coloured by the terrible service received. I can only describe the experience as similar to a break-up and who goes out on a Friday night to break-up with their staff?!!
When asked for a glass of wine, our staff refused to serve one - yes we get it is a cocktail bar but a simple "we are a cocktail bar and so don't have an extensive wine list but I can recommend x y z.." would surely have been more stylish than a flat out refusal...later on in the night the same staff brought two glasses of champagne to the table instead of the ordered cocktails. Having explained there had been a mix up our friend asked if they would be complementary but the staff rudely informed them there were no complementary drinks at the bar. I then asked if we would be charged extra for the champagne (as they were far more expensive than the ordered cocktails) only to see the staff pick up both drinks and pour them into the cute plastic popcorn container on the table as the staff proceeded to tell us off...staff then returned again with ordered drinks and demanded that we 'discuss' the issue. Trying to diffuse the situation I suggested that perhaps we forget about it and we just get on with the evening but to no avail. As we finished our drinks, paid the bill and sought out our jackets our staff was still hovering trying to 'discuss the issues'.....
It would be great to return to the bar and enjoy the amazing cocktails but I am not sure I can cope with another break-up...
The 50's are back and they landed in Darlinghurst in the form of this cool new bar, the decor makes a nice change from the usual dark wood and low lights of so many other bars in the area, foods not too bad, try the polenta chips, pretty tasty, I wouldn't come here if you are a beer drinker, only 2 on the menu and one is a light, but this place is definately worth a visit, for a cocktail and a bite in a fresh new bar that fits in nicely on this street,
Great cocktail bar where the drinks are made properly and to your taste. While I was here I had an espresso martini made for me the exact way I like my coffee (a double espresso with no sugar). Then moved on to a dirty martini that was made perfectly with the accompaniment of big juicy green olives. The food is a bit hit and miss. We really enjoyed the polenta chips. The staff were really friendly but the only thing about this place is that you look out to the fire station. Even with the cute kitsch decor, you get distracted by the oncoming traffic and passer bys.
The Baxter truly gives u that back in time feel with its 1920's decor, saloon style barmen & the great variety of whiskey walk to wall. The baxter is located down an alley way which if u blink u will miss it but I highly recommend u scope this classy lil gem out. As they don't take bookings be prepared to wait in the lineup if u can't get out of work early & as they only serve pretzels I recommend pre-dinner drinks here before moving on to get some food. Overall a great classy place offering classy drinks
Not normally a person to opt in for a sweet breakfast, I was in for a very pleasant surprise when I took a friend's advice and tried Bill's signature ricotta pancakes. The verdict? - I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Those pancakes alone are worth the sometimes hour wait on weekends, but a sneaky trip during the week means I can avoid the queue, and slip straight into pancake heaven.
Bills Surry Hills has a fresh, chilled atmosphere. I'd been for breakfast lots of times before but recently had lunch there. The pesto rigatoni tasted great and the service prompt too. Our waiter sorted us out with takeaway coffee after - a nice little extra!
The Forrester is one of the famous pubs at Surry Hills, boasting their old-school atmospheric feel, spacious backyard terrace, and outdoor seats at pedestrian walkway. The affordable meals are also one of their specialties, with most meals priced at $10 (at the time of writing) and the famous steak specials on Monday.
I regularly visit this pub for Friday afternoon lunch. When the crowd has gathered, the orders take quite long to arrive (we were in a group of 10 and it took around 30 minute wait for our meals to arrive).
One of the must try would be their fried chicken burger with coleslaw and guacamole. I fell in love the first time I tried it and it definitely did not disappoint.
My friend seemed to get a slightly undercooked fried chicken but the staff and the supervisor were very prompt in handling the matter and a substitute food came out very quickly.
Nice place for a quality lunch or dinner. The food is great and I have to bring your attention to the pasta and pizza category in the menu - they are amazing and if everyone eats them, it's sure that they're also fresh. The service is a little slow when the place is packed but it's understandable.