Joanne Lee Phin Local Star

I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.

Joined 18 February 2009   Sydney, NSW

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  • Reuben & Moore
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  • Mary's CBD
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  • Cafe Cre Asion


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  • Cafe Cre Asion

    Dare I say - best sausage roll in Sydney? Sorry Bourke Street Bakery, this pork sausage roll stuffed with mushroom, leek and zucchini knocks it out of the park.

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  • Tokkuri

    Kingfish jalapeno

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  • Circa Espresso

    The baked eggs at Circa are some of the best I've had - not your traditional shakshuka style eggs.

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  • Chefs Gallery

    Three egg fried rice - delicious.

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  • Chefs Gallery

    $14.90 for a small bowl of bland murky chicken broth. Avoid.

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  • Eastwood Gardens Peking Restaurant

    ***NOT*** the stewed pork and preserved vegetable dish we ordered, despite a waiter brushing us off and insisting it was. This is number 70 on the menu

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  • Mr. Wong

    Balmain bugs, pork mince and vermicelli cooked in an XO sauce. Mr. Wong's take on "fan xi" in more traditional Chinese restaurants.

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  • Macquarie Centre
    Shopping Centres    North Ryde, NSW

    I take back what I previously said about Macquarie Centre being old and fuddy-duddy. The newly refurbished and extended shopping centre is really impressive, mainly because of the array of fashion and beauty names being brought to the centre. There's something for every price point too, from H&M and Uniqlo to the likes of Zimmerman, Scanlan & Theodore, Willow, Josh Goot and Alice McCall. Another welcome addition is Mecca Maxima, which looks strangely like a Sephora store.

    They've gone all out with Christmas decorations in the centre - in a good way. I love the wide aisles in the new wing of the shopping centre, though lift and toilet facilities aren't that conveniently placed. Parents rooms are clean and well-equipped though, with great play areas for the little ones.

    My favourite store in the centre is the new David Jones, but that deserves its own review!

  • Chefs Gallery
    Restaurants    North Ryde, NSW

    I was really excited to hear about Chefs Gallery opening in the newly refurbished (and extended) Macquarie Centre because I loved it when it opened in Town Hall. My husband and I visited with the baby on a weekday for lunch on opening week, and it was already packed with a number of people (like us) waiting for a table.

    We were seated after about a 10-15 minute wait, and ordered promptly. The food isn't as good as I remembered it to be in Town Hall, and prices have definitely increased. We don't mind paying more for good food, but we left feeling seriously ripped off. Take for example, the $14.90 bowl (more like cup) of murky chicken broth, which wasn't very tasty at all. The neighbouring table complained about a similarly priced bowl of seafood and tofu soup which also did not look like the photos presented in their glossy menu.

    Service was also terrible, with waitresses ignoring several requests for water. They never brought any, so we hurried up with our meal and left.

  • Cafe Cre Asion
    Cafes    Sydney, NSW

    Oh my gosh I'm in love with Cre Asion all over again. I love the assortment of breakfast options - egg and ham or mushroom baked in puff pastry cases are clever and really tasty. It's not something you can't make yourself at home, but they just do it better. The house-made pork sausage rolls are divine, and dare I say, better than Bourke Street Bakery. They are huge, perfectly moist, herby, stuff with mushroom, and the pastry is light and crispy. I managed to get one fresh out of the oven this morning and I was in absolute pastry heaven. The bags of granola are great too, perfect for days when you need to smash a quick breakfast at your desk at work.

    The coffee is a little weak and milky, I like mine with a lot of punch. Hasn't stopped me going back for breakfast though. Food prices are a little on the high side, but the baked goods are amazing and you get the sense that they are made with pride.

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  • ghch346 Newbie  reviewed West Elm
    My husband and I ordered a patchwork dresser in Dec 2013. The staff who placed the order for us told us we were unlikely to receive it until mid Jan due to Christmas. The invoice emailed to us was uninformative and unprofessional, containing only a order number, and nothing else - not even a description of the item ordered!

    We waited till Jan then went in store to only find out our order had been mistakenly placed as an in store order so it was never delivered. Another staff helped us chase up, and assured us the dresser will be delivered next week. A delivery charge of $130 was mentioned to us for the first time (!!) but waived due to all the troubles we had. We also asked for a change of delivery address and was told the dresser requires assembly at delivery.

    Delivery company finally called, and I was told delivery address was still the old address. I again repeated our new address and settled on a time for delivery.

    Our dresser was finally delivered but it was badly damaged. One of the leg was broken and and a drawer seriously chipped. We were told that the product would be assembled at delivery but it was delivered already assembled. When we looked at the invoice, the address there was STILL wrong. The delivery staffs guessed our address from a half correctly spelt street name, and we went out to locate them.

    Erroneous order, unprofessional invoice, inexperienced staff, failure to inform customers of delivery cost, failure to track orders, failure to register an address despite multiple attempts, unclear instructions re assembly, expensive delivery cost, failure to protect products during delivery. We lodged a complaint but never heard back from anyone. We are disgusted about the whole ordering process and will never purchase from them again.

    10 months ago - 03/02/2014

    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      Did you end up receiving your patchwork dresser? See my review above regarding the knobs on the patchwork dresser coming loose. We purchased it in October 2013, started using it late November 2013, and already several knobs have grooves that are worn out - they cannot be screwed back on (and therefore drawers cannot be used).

      4 months ago - 26/07/2014

  • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star  reviewed West Elm
    I absolutely fell in love with West Elm (and its sister companies) and was excited when they first opened up in Bondi. I loved the store and the products, but after having purchased an item from them (the Patchwork dresser), I no longer hold them in such high regard.

    The dresser we received was in decent condition. There were a few nicks, but nothing worth complaining about. However, after months of use, many of the grooves for the screw-on knobs have already worn out and cannot be used to open the drawers. (Which then begs the question, how else do you open the damn drawers?)

    I contacted them on Facebook and email, with the proposed resolution: return the entire dresser, (with specific instructions on how to pack it up) and then place an entirely new order at a discounted rate, then wait for a new dresser to be delivered and installed. For a dresser that I use daily as a baby change table, this is a whole lot of effort to replace faulty screw on knobs, with no guarantee that the replacement will be any better.

    The email communication I have received has been decent so far, but the person in the American call centre I spoke to was extremely rude. Wow.

    Avoid. Save your money, I've had much better quality furniture from IKEA.

    4 months ago - 23/07/2014

    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      As it turns out, West Elm customer service have asked me to return the faulty dresser and repurchase the item at a price that is now more expensive than what I originally paid.

      I have to fork out more money to a company who sold me a bad product?

      4 months ago - 26/07/2014

  • Tiaraaaaa Local Star  reviewed Dural Terrace Chinese Restaurant
    Sadly a little disappointing considering they are the only local Chinese restaurant. Being a Wednesday lunch I would have thought it would be busier given the location but it was practically empty (knowing from prior outings that this means the food can go either way). Our wait staff was friendly and efficient when we first arrived but seemed to become less interested throughout the meal. As there was four of us we ordered a selection of entrees and mains to share - mussels in black bean sauce, king prawn & chicken sizzling in garlic sauce, combination & vegetables and seafood combination. Whilst the food was cooked very well, the sauces were bland and lacked any flavour, particularly the traditional flavours I long for from a local suburban Chinese restaurant. Of all the food the san choy bow was the signature dish and sadly the serving so small. To sum it up, it is definitely not the best chinese i have ever had but okay. The drinks, particularly the wine list and the general is pretty pricey but not unusual for the area. Such a letdown :(

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