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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  • Park Hyatt Sydney
    Hotels    The Rocks, NSW

    This could possibly be the best hotel in Australia. Not cheap though so its really for the moderately well off or for people who have accumulated a lot of Hyatt Points. We had a terrific time at the Hyatt a couple of weekends ago. I was concerned about the location in terms of noise (right on the harbour and next to the harbour bridge) but couldn't have been happier. The rooms are super quiet with thick glass and multi blinds. The rooms are nicely appointed, well designed and the view is just spectacular. We opted for the more expensive Opera House view room and it's well worth it. Waking up each morning to the Opera House which was even more spectacular as the Vivid light show was on during our stay. Its is hard to pick any major faults here as it really is that good - only issue we had was having to call multiply times to get the batteries in the safe changed as it wasn't working (a few times the phone just rang out to guest services which is sloppy). Also when dining on the ground floor behind reception its really noisy - with so much marble and glass everything conversation just bounces around and its really hard to have a quite conversation. Other than these two minor things I'd highly recommend the Park Hyatt Sydney, no doubt the best Hyatt I've stayed in anywhere in the world.

  • Flower Temple
    Florists    Melbourne, VIC

    Just received some stunning flowers from Flower Temple. Have not visited their store but must say the flowers received are beautiful and of very high quality. Will definitely use them as my local florist.

  • Middle Brighton Baths - Cafe & Bar
    Cafes    Brighton, VIC

    We dropped in for a casual lunch at the cafe - such a nice day to be by the water. However the service was arrogant and annoying.We waited and waited for a table with the staff at the front bar telling us someone would seat us, eventually another staff came along telling us to wait even longer as we watched them clean up a table... Even though there were plenty of tables available. Staff eventually returned and when we asked staff if we could be seated outside at a table (we could see one vacant) staff huffed and escorted us to it, then quickly disappeared. It was at this point we discussed leaving but ended up staying. From here the service improved so we enjoyed fish and chips and a glass of wine. It is such since setting for a casual lunch but we won't go back - there are better places.

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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

      9 months ago - 28/10/2013

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  • 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.

      16/02/2011

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  • 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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