I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.
Joined 18 February 2009 Sydney, NSW
After having loved this restaurant for years, we ordered some takeaway tonight, only to have an incredibly disappointing and frustrating takeaway experience.
My husband placed an order for 3 dishes - the snow crab, the pork spare ribs Peking style, and the stewed pork belly with preserved vegetables.
He drove to pick up our order and before he left, checked the dishes and told the waiter that we didn't receive the right dish - the stewed pork dish wasn't right. The wait staff insisted that it was the right dish, so he took the wait staff's word for it and came back home.
When we opened up the takeaway box, it most certainly wasn't stewed and there wasn't any preserved vegetables. There was lots of capsicum and tofu with sliced pork in a chilli bean sauce.
We called up to complain and asked for a refund, and despite a frustrating conversation with the person on the phone who asked "so what you want to order?" 3 times, staff was nice enough to agree to a refund. The problem was that the husband had to drive back out to get it.
It really sucks when staff don't listen to customers - regular customers - and brush them off instead. Pick up your act!
Serving fresh hand-made pasta, A Tavola has always been the real deal. The long communal/pasta-making marble table in the Darlinghurst restaurant makes an appearance in the Bondi restaurant. You can't go past the stracciatella unless you're allergic to dairy. The wagyu beef pappardelle is another signature dish that is rich, decadent and all round amazing, but the seafood linguine is a sure way to my heart.
So what do you do on Australia Day? Go for yum cha, of course.
Admittedly in have avoided yum cha here at Kam Fook Chatswood because of the crowds, but we came at 11 and a friend managed to get us a table for 7 adults, 2 children and a pram.
The restaurant is huge and it filled up pretty quickly. The steamed dumplings at Kam Fook were really good - generous portions without skimping on seafood, while other dishes like the "yong tau foo" (tofu and eggplant stuffed with fish paste) aren't spectacular. (other restaurant in Castle Hill do a great job with that one.)
Service is decent, but they charge $3 a head for tea. That's $21 for cheap tea leaves and hot water.
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