Out About Foodie

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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  • Messina
    Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt    Fitzroy, VIC

    The Sydney gelato institution has arrived in Melbourne (Fitzroy to be exact). I know Messina well after frequenting their Darlinghurst and Surry Hills locations. And yes, people queue there too.

    The reason for its popularity is the flavours. My favourite is white chocolate and the vanilla. But also recommend the salted caramel (which is their most popular flavour). Can't go wrong with any of them.

    Don't be put off by the queue. It moves quickly (and make sure you have cash, no credit cards).

    Check out the menu here, posted as an image.

    Oh, and they do make ice cream cakes too. Ideal for home.

  • Itali.Co
    Restaurants    St Kilda, VIC

    Good food, disappointing service. We dined here for the first time recently and whilst the place was really buzzing it was let down by poor service. Upon arrival we were seated quickly but then left for a long time. When we did get served we decided to order the wine and food together to avoid a further wait. We shared the bunga bunga pizza (which I enjoyed but my partner didn't) and arancini balls (which I found very herby). The chips were hand made and crunchy. Again when we went to leave the service fell down. We waited and waited to get them to collect our credit card. A newly arrived table walked out in frustration at the service and no one noticed them leave. Perhaps it was an 'off' night, we may go back but they need to step it up a notch on the service front.

  • Lau's Family Kitchen
    Restaurants    St Kilda, VIC

    Have eaten here twice, first time we had takeaway, and whilst expensive very good. We then dined in recently and was a little disappointed. The service was ok, but somehow ended up with two different wine lists and wait staff couldn't tell us which was the right one. No big deal, but then the service continued to be a bit lax. I felt they were in a huge hurry to get us out as quickly as possible. The entrees were terrific, the mains less successful. There is no doubt there is some quality cooking going on here, but at the price I expected something more. We'll go back for the food and give them one more go.

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  • Out About Foodie  reviewed Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
    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.
    • Out About Foodie 
      The private pool was a bit cool for swimming, the horse riding was really mild

      5 months ago - 28/10/2013

  • Cee Zee Local Star  reviewed Berta Restaurant and Bar
    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 :)
    • Out About Foodie 
      Good recommendation Cee Zee, going tonight with a bunch of workmates, will let you know how it goes.


  • Woodsman  reviewed Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
    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".

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