I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.
Joined 18 February 2009 Sydney, NSW
Okay, so this isn't where you are going to get your traditional Neapolitan pizzas, but it is undoubtedly delicious.
For months I avoided Bondi Pizza after it opened its doors at Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, arrogantly assuming it to be too mainstream and "for the masses". Ha! After giving it a go due to lack of lunch venue options in the area, it appears that "mainstream" and "for the masses" was right up my alley.
The pizzas - whilst they may not be traditional - are beautifully presented and taste as good as they look. Fresh ingredients, good produce, and amazingly great value. For lunch on a weekday (except maybe Fridays?), individual 8 inch pizzas are $9.95 with a free drink. I don't even think you could get that value at the food court.
The restaurant is huge, and extremely family friendly with plenty of high chairs. They definitely have the lunchtime mum crowd sorted out. A downside though, is that the kids menu isn't that great (in value or in taste), but I think it's a fair and acceptable compromise for the mess that the little ones create. On my first visit here, they also offered my 1 year old a kids activity pack which included some crayons, colouring sheets and some stickers.
I've been 3 times in two weeks, and it looks like it might even become a regular haunt.
This cafe is still good, but the quality of food and service has been a bit hit-and-miss over the last 6 to 9 months. Waitstaff can be slow and unattentive, even though when the cafe isn't busy. They also seem to offer less blackboard specials on weekdays, so as a regular, the menu can get a little tired and boring. That said, I have recently discovered their ultimate cheese toastie which is all kinds of awesome.
I still frequent this cafe during the week and on weekends, but am making a concerted effort to try other cafes that have opened up in the broader Ryde/North Ryde area.
Food can take a looooong time sometimes, despite the cafe not being busy on weekday mornings. If you want any variation on your egg orders, be very clear and specific, and ask for your order to be repeated to you. On several occasion (we have personally experienced this as well as overheard complaints from neighbouring tables), waitstaff don't get the order right.
I really hope they pick up on their service and quality, it's still a good cafe and I genuinely want to see them succeed.
We stayed one night at Lady Bay Resort as part of a week long trip from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment on a high floor. I booked the apartment online and had the opportunity to choose the exact apartment based on photos and other information. We chose one on the top floor (I think it was level 4) with a balcony and views over the river and out to the ocean. It is a short walk down to the coastal parklands and the beach and pier.
The apartment was extremely spacious, with a generously sized bedroom, living/dining and kitchen areas. The bed was big and comfortable.
We bought groceries and dined in for both dinner and breakfast today, and found the kitchen to be clean, modern and fully equipped.
It's by no means a 5 star hotel, but it provides great facilities for a clean, comfortable and family-friendly stay.
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