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I like to hang out in Sydney's inner and Eastern suburbs discovering the newest/best restaurants & cafes. Also enjoy getting to Melbourne occassionally to check out their dining scene. Good produce, great cooking and efficient service a must for any dining establishment.

Joined 04 October 2007 Surry Hills, NSW

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  • Bannisters Pavilion

    Hotels Mollymook, NSW
    Just had the weekend at Bannisters Pavilion. It?s such a nice place and has great potential but feel I need to share our experience. As without some improvements it will never live up to its true potential.

    Let?s kick off with the good.

    Interiors ? loved the contemporary finish and look. Relaxed Classic would be my description, with a hint of Scandinavian.
    Feeling of luxury and quality. The owners have clearly spent money to get a high quality look and it?s evident. From the reception through to the rooms.
    Location - whilst not on the beach it is only 50 metres away and 2 mins walk to the local shops
    Pool and bar area ? feels like a modern day club, smart and fun ? not what you?d expect in an Australian country town.
    Staff ? friendly.

    But there are some issues that do need attention:

    Noise ? we stayed in room 203 and it is directly under the space used to serve breakfast. From 7 am all you can hear is staff and guests dragging chairs and tables across the travertine and then the barrista banging the coffee machine. We complained after the first night and whilst reception was polite they didn?t offer a solution or seem that concerned (made me think we?re not the first to complain about this issue). We experienced the same thing the next morning but worse than the day prior. We complained again at check-out and Meg the manager seemed genuinely concerned but knew nothing about the day priors complaint. Until this is fixed I?d avoid rooms 201, 202, 203 and 204 which are directly under the breakfast space.

    Breakfast ? disappointing. Staff are friendly and plentiful but no one is bothered to set a table. So you arrive having to set your own table. Cutlery, napkins, glasses, salt and pepper shakers etc. It creates the look of a cheap café, not a welcoming place for breakfast (and there are not enough salt and pepper shakers so people wander from table to table borrowing it off each other). It would take very little effort to set tables for guests and it would make a big difference to the experience. The good: coffee, fruit, cereal and yogurt ? average is the lack of bread choices, the hot food (bain-marie), pastries limited to croissants. Overall it doesn?t match with the quality positioning of the property.

    Poolside ? Whilst the pool is great the choice of furniture is just silly. The beds have no wheels and weigh a ton so you need two people to move them ? but most people just couldn?t or didn?t?, choosing to drag them across the travertine creating an unholy noise.

    Finishes ? I think the architect needs to go through the builders defects list again. Clearly un-grouted tiles in the shower, uneven tiles above the bath and door surrounds with huge gaps between it and the walls do nothing to support the quality positioning of the property.

    Wifi ? drops out all the time.

    Would we stay at Bannisters Pavillions again? If they do something about noise carrying down to the floor below and improve on breakfast, then yes. If not then sadly no.

    It?s clear the owners have spent a lot of money on this property to create a great look ? but it?s let down by some things that can easily be fixed ? if they do then it could make Bannisters a must visit but for now if your choose to visit then proceed with caution.

    Oh, I must call out that Meg on reception was a joy to deal with at check-out and kindly provided us a $100 credit because of the noise issue ? a nice touch. (but would have preferred they fix the noise issue).
  • Milk & Honey Remedial Massage

    Massage West Melbourne, VIC
    Enjoyed my massage at Milk. Liked that I could book online without having to call up. Had never visited before. Good central location, easy to park on street, nice massage room, quiet but hip type of feeling. Massage was good, relaxing and they really cared for my welfare. Would recommend.
  • St Isidore

    Restaurants Milton, NSW
    If you value great food and service then this is the place. We attended a 50th birthday celebration recently, 12 adults and 7 children. I imagined that a quality restaurant just wouldn't cope well with children and it couldn't have been further from the truth. Firstly we sat outside on one very long table under the verandah - adults at one end, kids at the other. The children had their own menu, drinks and desserts and plenty of space to run around in the beautiful gardens (including checking out the chickens and the veggie patch). For the adults the service and food was perfect - sharing entrees to start and then going our own way with the mains. I had the pork cheek with vegetables. Beautifully cooked with crispy skin but melt in mouth centre. My friend is a vegetarian so she was beautifully surprised when the waitress appeared with her very vegetarian menu. Not just one option but 8-10 to choose from.

    The food overall was outstanding (hey grow a lot of their own produce and the gardens are well kept and a nice thing to walk around in). A big call out must go to the wait staff. I'm not sure I would have been so patient with so many children but they were nothing but professional. Not something you see in many high quality restaurants. Definitely recommend, if its a nice day try and get a table outside, if its hot then go for an inside table in the cool air conditioned dining room.

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  • I recently had a weekend at Wolgan Valley. The drive up on a Friday over the mountain was a little tedious but once at Wolgan Valley you start to relax. The final 15 kms of road is dirt (being upgraded and likely to be tarred by late 2013) but is an ok drive in any car. When you arrive at the gate you park your car and will be ferried to the resort in a 4wd. This is definitely a luxury eco-type resort with suites all separated from each other at the base of the property, a short walk to the main building.

    Overall the suites are outstanding. Really well appointed with a beautiful open fire place (gas) and large walk in wardrobe space. Only criticism is the floor in the bathroom was very cold which didn?t have any under-floor heating. A small issue really in the scheme of things.

    We opted to mountain bike ride and horse ride which was not too strenuous. I recommend you book in your activities a few days before you arrive to avoid missing out.

    The day-spa is very good. The massage therapist was well trained, the spa-rooms very private (with your own shower/change area) and the relaxation area afterwards with tea and fresh fruit a nice touch.

    The meals are good, but to be honest I was a little disappointed. The deserts we?re woeful. They need a good desert chef for sure. The mains we?re ok but nothing that special. I couldn?t quite pin-point exactly what was wrong, other than I think for the price you?re paying I expected better. Nothing really wowed.

    The staff were friendly and non obtrusive. The service in the restaurants was patchy; one night we had perfect service, the next night a young lady who seemed out of her depth. We had to ask for the wine list three times and when we did order it arrived after the entrée.

    My key criticism is the check-out. For some reason they have everyone checking out at the same time, 11.00 am. It would be so much more logical to stagger the check-outs, as they don?t have enough staff for a mass exodus. We waited 45 minutes for a buggy to collect us and our luggage (after calling them three times). A rather annoying ending to a pleasant weekend.
    • The private pool was a bit cool for swimming, the horse riding was really mild
  • fast becoming my favourite place eat in the neighborhood. I'll never say no to an invitation here. the martinis are good. the duck terrine divine. this is a great place to dine :)
    • Good recommendation Cee Zee, going tonight with a bunch of workmates, will let you know how it goes.
  • Icebergs is the best place to take non-Sydneysiders to pretty much sum up Sydney during the course of one lunch. The interiors and more particularly the exterior view is amazing, flashy and sleek. The crowd is "beautiful", over-dressed and extraverted. The waiters are models who look unlikely to have ever tried the food judging by their waistsizes. The meals are expensive and bite-size. But the overall feel is that the place values looks over substance.

    Maybe it was the inability of the waiters to place meals in the correct locations or deliver glasses of wine because "they forgot"; or the inadequate nightclub-style after-thought toilets that makes you question whether this is fine dining or just a fine view at fine-dining price tag. And call me a little old-fashioned but I really prefer my waiters to be able to speak English. It is cute and "authentic" to have French waiters but when you can't understand a word they say it is tres naff.

    Icebergs is best enjoyed with a great group of friends who are content to enjoy lots of laughs and a great view...particularly if one of them pulls out the Platinum Amex and pays for your "Sydney experience".