Joanne Lee Phin Local Star

I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.

Joined 18 February 2009   Sydney, NSW

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  • The Missing Piece

    My favourite breakfast option on the menu - the sliding start. Scrambled eggs, fried pancetta and a tomato relish in soft brioche buns.

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  • The Missing Piece

    Good coffees

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  • The Missing Piece

    Iced tea

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  • The Missing Piece

    Cacao and coconut milk shake

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  • The Missing Piece

    They serve an excellent cold drip here at The Missing Piece.

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  • The Missing Piece

    Felafal balls - not amazing, Sabbaba does them better.

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  • Bondi Pizza

    Chilli prawn and chorizo 8 inch pizza. Lunch special comes with a free drink for $9.95. How insane!

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  • Sushi Rio

    Come after 12:30pm and wait with the office worker lunch crowd.

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  • Sushi Rio

    Grilled squid nigiri. My favourite sushi at the moment.

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  • Sushi Rio

    Lobster salad sushi. Sounds awesome but there is hardly any lobster and way too much seafood cocktail sauce in this.

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  • Bondi Pizza
    Restaurants    Ryde, 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.

  • Element6
    Cafes    West Ryde, NSW

    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.

  • Lady Bay Resort
    Holiday Resorts    Warrnambool, VIC

    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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  • Easternian Local Star  reviewed Mary's CBD
    If you happen to come to Mary's Burger CBD at around lunch time, then expect to line up at the slightly long queue outside this whole-in-the-wall takeaway burger shop. The wait can then take up to around 10-15 minutes and the food preparation another 5-10 minutes, so if you are not really in a rush to try this burger, I would suggest visiting at less busy hours like 5pm.

    The burger offerings are quite limited. At the time of my visit, there were only 5 burgers ranging from $10 to $12 each: Mary's Burger, Cheeseburgers, Chicken burger, Veg burger, and breakfast burger. There are also shakes, soda, and fried to add to your order and make it a perfect combo.

    I bought a cheeseburger and was surprised at how small it was. The presentation was also very bland, and the taste was just alright I could almost compare it with McDonald's $2 cheeseburgers. It certainly did not warrant any return on my behalf. Maybe I should have their fried chicken burger for next time.

    1 month ago - 27/01/2015

    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      The fried chicken is worth a try. Would be keen to hear what you think.

      1 day ago - 05/03/2015

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  • Melvyn Yap  reviewed Commonwealth Bank
    I have to commend this particular branch of Commonwealth for their dedication to their customers and professionalism.

    Every time I enter the branch there's also someone there to ensure I'm well looked after. This is the reason I chose Commonwealth to apply for my Home Loan. The whole process was executed very quickly and smoothly and I was more than satisfied. I'd recommend this to anyone!
    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      It sounds like Melvyn Yap received great service throughout his home loan application process, more than just a friendly greeting.

      1 month ago - 04/02/2015

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  • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star  reviewed Kam Fook Seafood Restaurant
    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.
    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      Haha I know huh. Go Aussie.

      Well, there definitely are some negatives as with most restaurants, but in general I had a very good experience when I visited.

      1 month ago - 04/02/2015

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