London born raised on the streets of Inner-West Sydney, Ella Bee 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
The IEC on Evans High School's campus is as grungy as it comes, from the falling apart demountable buildings to the crowded, filing cabinet lined corridors. Despite this, the staff are mostly efficient and competent and there isn't too much mucking around when it comes to international students. I've got two, so have had to deal with them, but at a minimal level. But like any government organisation, there is a lot of unnecessary doubling up of paper work which is frustrating, and nothing seems to be online! Oh well! I guess they do what they can with the limited funding provided.
A beautiful venue that hosts a variety of events, from weddings, to sports meets to RYDA's Road Safety Education program. Easy to get to, well marked out and great customer service makes for a relaxing arvo out by the lake. The cafeteria only sells your basic povo fried deals though, so don't go expecting to have a picnic lunch, unless you take your own!
While I haven't had experiences with L Trent as a driving school, I did come across their services through the RYDA Road Safety Education program. They were fantastic, sharing informative content with 15-17 year olds about the risks, hazards and distractions while driving. Can't recommend the L Trent team at RYDA enough.
Muru Mittigar means Pathway to Friends in the Darug language and is an excellent experiential resource for anyone looking at getting real insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, with Elders, local and travelling Indigenous Australians sharing their knowledge on bush tucker, cultural norms, the Dreaming and musical instruments. We visited as a school group and loved it and have been going back every year since. If you teach Indigenous issues, or cover pre-1900s Australian History, or even the more modern aspects of colonisation this venue is well worth the visit.
Thought I'd go back and get a cold beverage on a super hot day. Wish I hadn't. Worst Mocha Mudslide. Ever. I now realise they don't have a set recipe and just mix things up as they want, and the Arndell Park store either has not perfected their mix OR has not bothered to taste test what they sell their customers. I took it back to ask for a remade one as the coffee was just so overpowering, and was looked at like I had two heads. Poor quality. Poor service.
Wow, after reading the below reviews I wonder if I even went to the same place last night?? While the property itself was wonderful, perhaps need a bit of a revamp, the quality of the service and food was really below par. The host, was seriously inflexible with a range of things and expected the Bride & Groom to do what they wanted as opposed to what they had planned. On their first visit, my sister & fiancee were told that they could arrange the hall however they wanted, move tables and play around with the decor. However, the day before the wedding, we arrived at the venue only to be told we were no longer allowed to move the table off the dance floor, scrap the tacky church-like flower arrangements or take some of the wedding photography down. Of course, my sister was frustrated and flushed and we had to calm her down and insist it wasn't the end of the world. The next day however, the majority of the staff were super unpleasant. It was as though the Maitre de had let them all know that Sister was a difficult character (which she definitely was not), so they all had lemons in their mouths! Unprofessionalism was on show the night of the wedding and we saw how they took a dig at the Bridal couple numerous times, the barman was completely unhelpful to people setting up the venue and one of the waiter staffs had a bee in thier bonnet. Now to the food - while the afternoon tea was lovely, it was put out in the sun, uncovered and swarming with bush flies. Instead of moving it to the shaded area, it was left to sit there and we were told that the tables weren't to be moved. It was an absolute waste! Dinner was unbelievable and was not even what my sister had ordered. The menu consisted of a chicken vol-au-vent, quiche lorraine, chicken kiev, steak Diane, chocolate mousse and strawberry romanoff and none of these things seemed to have been actually executed on the plate. The entrees were over cooked and bland. The chicken kiev was basically a huge chicken breast, crumbed and covered in gravy. But the steak Diane took the cake - literally a minute steak covered in Diane sauce. Mains were served with 2 dessert bowls full of overcooked, soft and soggy winter veggies and 3 sad looking potatoes each guest. Worst of all was the way the kitchen managed to butcher the wedding cake - in it went with 7 tiers and out it came: a pile of sponge mush. It was so disappointing, not to mention frustrating as I was prepared to slice it and plate it up for guests. A poor excuse of hospitality considering 90% of the service people were unpleasant and surly. Kudos to Paul though, who served us all with a smile, spoke fondly of his two daughters and looked out for the Bridal table the whole night. Probably the only positive experience from the venue all night!
Whenever I go to Officeworks, I find myself toting around a shopping basket and suddenly finding I 'need' all this office gear. My recent trip wasn't the most pleasant though, the people serving me had no idea what type of products I needed which was frustrating. Also, there's not a huge variety of laptop covers, which surprised me, but other than that a good store to get most of your every day school & work needs.
Just make sure you don't show up during peak hour because not only is the carpark hectic, but this Aldi store is also! Other than that, I love popping into this local one as it always has the basics and you know you can't really impulse buy! Make sure you BYO bags though, because in the event that you do eye-buy, you'll need something to put all those goods in!
The set up is not as great as their flagship restaurant in Granville, but the chicken and garlic sauce are just as amazing. Would not bother ordering ahead though, because they end up just doing it on the spot when you get there, costing you a good 10 minutes if you're in a rush (or STARVING!). If you're out south-west, make sure you drop in for a feed. Amazing.
I'd only been here previously for comedy acts and popped in here for a live music gig and was blown away by the acoustics. The sound is unreal and the venue is beautiful. I loved that the attendants walked us down to our seats and shone their little torches on our row! Otherwise, you would've had a heavily pregnant woman groping around in the dark! My only complaint would be that the seats are almost directly behind each other, meaning that if someone short sitting behind a taller patron has a really limited view. Otherwise, somewhere I really enjoy seeing quality entertainers.
Went here using a voucher and were super impressed by everything about this Thai Eating House. The new kid on Harbour Quarter's block, Nok Nok is a modern and funky little place, lined with mirrors and warm Thai smiles to make it look huge. The location, service, quality of food and portion sizes were unlike any other Thai place you'll find in the Harbour area, and such great value. The staff were lovely and wore cute (and unexpected) grey hoodies, so it took us a while to realise they worked there! The regular menu prices are on the pricier side, but for the quality of food and enormous serving sizes they are well worth the moolah! We ended up doggy bagging as we had so much food left over and didn't feel great about it all going to waste. Definitely recommend Nok Nok Thai!
Went back here on the weekend and have decided I will never go back. Management is a joke. Sent in a guest list 3 months before our event, specifying to be on the RnB floor only to be told there was 'no more room'. However, they let half of us upstairs with the wrong coloured stamp and we weren't allowed to swap or anything. So annoying when all you want to do is dance to old school jams and not be forced to try and move to trashy techno tunes. Would not recommend this place to anyone. Such a disappointment.
Awesome, cute, little boutique with a quirky range of outfits at reasonable prices (especially if you pick from their $25/dress rack)! Service was a bit absent, but who cares at prices like these. Great atmosphere as well: chilled tunes and peachy fragrances made the experience that much more delightful!
Yes the Imax has the largest screen blah, blah, blah. But if they cannot the films to run on time it's a bit of a joke. Our 11am film did not start until 11.35 and we were not offered an apology or a refund. And this was with 65 school children. It was pouring outside, so we expected the movie to start on time but alas, almost 40 minutes, we were still waiting around to be called. Unimpressed.
Being a pregnant woman with a huge belly and no hope of finding the right sized or coloured maternity dress I ended up at City Chic in Blacktown, with my dear MIL. While the mint dress was lovely, it was still quite large. However, the lady working there was extremely helpful and suggested alterations as well as reminded us of their returns policy - 28 days for refunds or exchanges! Such great service and the clothes here are of a high quality and vary in style and colour. If I was a beautiful plus size woman this is where I'd come for all my fashion needs!
Excellent venue that is in a great location. Amazing service and interior decor is quirky and fun. Bathrooms could do with a bit of an upgrade and addition of more toilets (especially for the ladies) but other than that, it's great!
Bo-ring. Don't come here for legit Japanese food. It is so westernised, bland and overpriced. Been here before and thought they'd maybe improved but unfortunately it was exactly the same. $6.60 for three gyozas and $22 for a bowl of ramen when the noodles looked like 2 minute Maggi-styles. Really disappointing. On the up-side, customer service is pretty good and they do warn you in their true local blurb that they are not a real Japanese restaurant.
Hidden away in a bit of an odd, but excellent location, the Carlisle Bistro is a rare find in the backstreets of Newtown. Nestled among suburbia,with its streets lined with cars (parking is a bit of a pain, as is getting in and out of the narrow streets) the Bistro proves that great things come in small packages. We purchased vouchers and headed there for lunch on Sunday and were pleasantly surprised by the relaxed, family friendly nature of the bar. Quiet, cool & calm. However the lady taking orders was anything but. Abrupt, rude and unimpressed with our vouchers she did not smile once and made us wait to receive food before other 'paying' customers. A major disappointment but the food was really well-done, for your quiet pub food. The sizing portions were a bit questionable though - the salmon was probably about 100g and 3 out of four of us chose that and all received different sizes. Dessert was a bit strange too - our voucher said it was a 2-course meal for 2, but we were told we had to share the sweets. So we ordered another one in case and they were all very generous sizes but none of them the same in size. Madame waitress came by now and then to clear plates, lips in a straight line. So we made a point to say thank you to both her and the chefs on our way out and smile cheerfully while doing so!
Pretty shocking customer service. Don't waste your time going here. You will most likely be ignored and once acknowledged spoken to with contempt. The staff seem untrained in any of the available products and generally young adults, who are only too happy to chew gum in your face with a look of sheer indifference.