Bella.Blue Local Star

Britain born and raised on the streets of Inner-West Sydney, Bella Blue is passionate about finding a bargain wherever it is! A keen eye for excellence in both products & services, she, insists - nay, demands - both, from street eats to fine dining venues, public transport to limousine services. She loves shopping (mainly the window type!), eating out and checking out the local gig scene.In fact she loves it so much and looks forward to sharing her local knowledge with you all!

Joined 14 July 2008 Kings Langley, NSW

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  • Ben & Jerry's Hoyts Cinema Westpoint Blacktown

    Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Blacktown, NSW
    Nom nom nom nom nom! My fave destination for the ultimate sugar fix. Can I get an amen? The queues are sometimes lengthy and the staff sometimes a little on the bored side of things, but otherwise your best bet at a delicious after-meal treat. They've just recently put in some seats as before you'd have to sit outside with the smokers, but it is limited so queue up early!
  • Hoyts Cinemas

    Cinema Blacktown, NSW
    Hoyts Blacktown is slowly sliding southwards. Shame, really, when it used to be our fave place to visit the big-screen. What frustrates me is pre-purchasing my ticket online and then having to wait in the ticket-queue to buy popcorn or drinks. However the staff are prompt and friendly and the cinema is clean overall. Just remember to get your parking ticket validated on your way out or you're looking at an extra $6 on top of your already-pricey evening out!
  • Outback Jacks

    Restaurants Blacktown, NSW
    So they're always harping on about never judging a book by its cover, so we decided to try this little local out. It's situated at the end of what appeared to be a truck stop. Dan Murphy's, a tradie-filled tav and then Outback Jack's. What struck me the most was that for a Friday night the place was deserted. Wait service was prompt and friendly and the girl who served us knew the menu well. There is not a lot to choose from (which is not always a bad thing) but the menu boasts slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone style ribs and Wagyu burgers so that's what we went for. We were sadly disappointed with ribs that needed hacking at, despite the little bits of meat, and a burger that had soggy greens, butcher mince and a hot dog bun to go. The worst part was that for the rest of the evening and the next day we were both extremely thirsty (MSG much??) and felt as though it was unquenchable. An absolute waste of money at just under $80; we will never dine there again.

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  • Basically, we had a blockage which cost us $400 for them to locate the find.
    We were later told that it would cost a further $1,400 for some pipe section (underground about a metre deep) that the council either forgot to close properly (or was knocked out by nature) that caused the pipes to collect debris over time and therefore blocked the pipes. Then they added another $4,400 because apparently the piping leading out of the house to the main was broken (down where they dug a hole???). But of course it wasn't there fault - it was a tree root dangit!
    To further put pressure on us, they told us that the actual job was not $4,400 but $6,200. They then did the old car-sales-pitch: if we had the tree root cleared and replaced the pipes job by 5p.m. on that day, they would waive the initial $400 and $1,400 we'd already paid for the first two jobs, which would then bring the job down from $6,200 to extra $4,400. Thanks guys. How noble of you. To reassure us they told us another plumber would quote around the $6500 mark, so hey, you might as well go with Omega, because we'd already paid $1400 on the first two jobs, which they would waive if we stuck with them and paid $6,200 for all 3 jobs. Whereas if we were to switch plumbers now they guaranteed that we'd pay $400 + $1,400 + $6,200 = $8000.
    Not one to get ripped off, we called a local small scale plumber who services both the West and North Shore, explained the situation and heard them chortle in disbelief. Needless to say we went against Omega's advice and went with the genuine, small-time business. If I could rate Omega on the negative scale I would. If I could be bothered to go to ACA or if Today Tonight was still around I'd do that too. But all I'm saying is stay away from Omega. If they cannot be bothered doing the job they will just over quote. If they can be bothered doing it, they will over quote anyway. A really unethical business.
    • Thanks Allan; I appreciate your concern. However we are no longer interested in using Omega and I will do my personal best to spread the word about its quotes and non-existent ethics.
  • A fine dining lunch for a three course meal at only $22?? Well, okay, fine dining in training, but still, The Apprentice is pretty good value if you are after something substantial and classy while on a budget. Entrees, mains and dessert were plated beautifully, with microherbs. Because it was a training restaurant, my partner and I felt obliged to rate everything. My salmon carpaccio was fresh and had a great mix of classic flavours: fennel, dill and parsley. Hubby's warm duck salad wasn't warm but was pretty delish. Main was crab tagliatelle and unfortunately the crab was lost amongst the heap of handmade pasta. It was pretty bland and flavourless to be honest. Hubby's snapper was cooked perfectly but again, not really seasoned well. Dessert was fantastic. I ordered a Zabaione (which I had no idea about until that day), and hubby ordered the Tropical Trio. Dessert was by far my best and favourite course. A lightly whipped mousse-like concoction, with hints of rose water, watermelon and crunchy pistachio. Mmmm something I would definitely reorder. Hubby wasn't too fussed on his dessert. It was a bit strange, with a shot of thick, grey banana milkshake, melted mango sorbet and a tooth-breaker: chocolate and coconut rough (mate, was it tough!). Anyway, we were rather forgiving, because of course, this place is a training institution. But the food was worth the $22, but you wouldn't want to pay more. The training instructor was lovely and the students were all under a lot of pressure to impress! Definitely worth the visit.
    • No unfortunately it's a surprise until you get there! Part of the fun though :)