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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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I'm surprised by some of the negative reviews here. We dropped in twice, once for lunch and once for breakfast. There is no doubt this place is popular and another time we tried to get an evening booking and failed. I suspect this is a place where a booking 7-10 days out is probably the best approach.
For lunch we sat in the bar enjoying some wine and a very limited bar menu. The plowmans lunch (fancier title) was very enjoyable and service good.
We went back a week later for breakfast and really enjoyed the menu. Great sourdough toast with avacado, peas and eggs. The coffee was good too.
Highly recommend but do book well in advance, especially during peak season.
We loved this place. Eating here is all about dumplings. Super friendly staff, nice vibe and Asian decor. Don't go expecting a big menu, but there is a good range of dumplings and dim sum.
Plenty of locals going in for takeaway and good selection of Asian Grocer type items. A nice find.
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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.
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".