My mission: leave no bacon and egg roll untasted in Eastern Sydney.
Joined 13 May 2011 Darlinghurst, NSW
Standard Sydney sushi train. A bit more on the pricey side than a lot of other city venues. For example, the top value plate from the train (not ordered off the menu) is $5.80. They start at $3.
This is just a personal thing - but, I disliked the large number of families and kids that were screaming and carrying on during lunch. On that basis alone, I'd probably give it a miss in the future. Sorry kiddies.
If you love dumplings you probably already know about this place. How did I miss this for so long?
Dumplings are fresh, tasty and perfection.
It can get a little warm inside the small (tiny!) indoor seating, so try to sit outside on warm days if you can. Choice of sets is hard though as there's only like 8 tables combined inside and out. Takeaway is an option too.
Anyway, cute hole in wall food outlet with aassive big tick from me for dumplings and simple Chinese cuisine. Ace!
Always been great, but, I've rediscovered again after moving closer recently. Bread options are fresh and always scrummy. Love the pastries and sweets and they do a mean coffee too! I had an almond croissant today that seemed bigger than my head! (may be slight exaggeration). Crunchy toasted almonds on the outside of light flaky pastry with moist inside. Yuuummmmy!
There's one particular Pharmacist behind the prescription counter who is just the nicest person. Big smile, very helpful and friendly - even offered to tell me where the nearest Chemist Warehouse is in the new area I'm moving to.
Awesome cocktail menu, and the food is great. Chilli fries are amazing. Can get very busy to get into on Friday nights, etc and the line up is a killer. Great for afterwork drinks on the less busy nights earlier in week.
2nd time customer (see earlier review too). 2nd time impressed and blown away by these guys. Last time was a small job. This was a big job. And I'm thrilled with the work and thankful to have experts on the case.
An old hot water system had finally died. It was in a ridiculous position in my old terrace house from a reno years ago. It would have required pulling out half the kitchen cabinets just to remove it, and then, I had to ask myself why would we put it back in such a stupid spot. So, from an initial meeting we decided on new location to put a replacement electric service in. I gave it some thought afterwards, and felt I really wanted to upgrade and put in gas instant hot water instead. The guys came back again to listen to my concerns, ideas, and came up with a great solution so I could get the gas option while working around the limitations of the property and connected services.
It wasn't an easy job. Lots of tight crawlspace work under the house and inventive reuse of existing water and gas locations. Two guys and the better part of a day to get it perfect.
We hit some unexpected complications with electrical work (old building, old wiring, etc) and needed to get a sparky back to fix something up. This meant on the day we were unable to drain the old hot water service. While I'm sure it was a total nightmare for them to think about coming back to finish the job (I bet they'd had enough of my house's quirks by then), theyve since been back at a time convenient to me to drain the old hot water tank after all electrical issues were resolved by an electrician. This sort of commitment to the job is the true mark of professionals.
The work was completed as promised, on time, with great service by the guys on the job and well co-ordinated from the office. At all times, I was well informed about what was happening, other options, and all the time consideration of budget and my expected outcomes. I cant recommend these guys enough. Thanks!
On more than one occasion (and the last time will be the last time as I won't come back here now) I've stood waiting to place a takeaway order while service staff continue to complete whatever they're doing without even so much as acknowledging you until THEY are ready.
I tried once to raise this as an issue to one server who informed me curtly that "I'm busy right now". Sure, fair enough, a coffee shop should be a bustling busy hive of caffeine fuelled hum. I counted 3 patrons downstairs. There were 2 staff behind the counter (1 barista, 1 serving), and I could hear someone back in the kitchen. It's still unclear to me why even if that did constitute being too busy that, that they couldn't have acknowledge my presence and let me know that they'll get to be shortly. It's kinda customer service 101.
I'm usually up early in the mornings. And these guys open a bit earlier than most around the area, which is why I've continued to go (been here at least 5 times with different staff, different times, with other friends and sometimes alone). Out of those times I had 1 good experience (see my earlier review), and the rest were all average with poor service and indifferent, unfriendly attitude.
I don't want to burn them. I hope they get their act together. But my opinion of this place has moved further to the negative end of the continuum since my last review.
It's always confronting to have to choose a new service provider. Especially for things I know nothing about. That's why it's such a beautiful thing (and worthy of 5 stars) when the service is outstanding all the way from the staff in the office to the guys in the field. These guys were top notch right from beginning to end.
It wasn't a complicated job (new outdoor power outlet in an awkward spot), but, I was tossing up between two options to install a new hot water service that needed two different electrical solutions. The guys gave sound advice, and quoted on the two options before I committed to any work.
Things I particularly loved about my experience: Great service from the office, follow up calls and emails confirming work to be completed and costs, guys who turn up on time as arranged, efficient and professionally completed work.
These guys are great! My profession prevents me from taking time off from work so I've been searching for a decent mobile mechanic who provides weekend service for a while now. The mechanic was well presented and was great to chat to, he even shared some great basic tips on how to prolong the longevity of my battery. I'll definitely be using 1st Rate Mobile Mechanic again. Thanks guys!
If it's pork rolls you crave, this is the place. Big, fresh, tasty with the right combination of salty fresh crisp flavors
There's usually a long line any day of the week. Don't worry - it moves relatively quickly - and it's worth the wait.
All round good performer. Got the special combination vermicelli bowl. Unfortunately, the vermicelli ran low and the staff were good enough to offer extra salad, meat or rice if I wanted. While it was a slight deviation from the menu it still went down a treat. Can see myself visiting this good workday lunch venue again. Located in the food court of the building and can be accessed from either Pitt St or Castlereagh St sides.
Just had some carpets and sofa cleaned and very happy with the job. Easy to make an appointment, and arrived at the agreed time. Really decent chap who works hard and was very professional. The sofa came up nicely and even the old hallways carpets look 1000% better too. Happy with the prices too. Thanks - good work.
Wonderful selection of bakery items including breads, pastries, and cookies. They make a decent coffee here too. Intimate inside dining and takeaway. The lamingtons will blow your mind. You might need to share it with a friend as they're a big size and really decadent. Perfect in my mind.
Sometimes you just need a quarter pounder. Clean restaurant with outside seating. Biggest complaint is that you'll get mobbed by seagulls if you sit outside and have anything even close to resembling chippies exposed. This problem is not helped by people proactively feeding the birds.
They've glammed the place up (ever so slightly). Still a good afterwork meeting place to consume booze. They have a micro brewery on site, and proudly sell their makings on tap - good drop too - but I really take exception to the fermenting yeast and malt smell that assaults your senses out the back of the pub. Luckily it's only most noticeable when you're going to the toilet downstairs. And then, well, it's better than other smells emanating from there isn't it?