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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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  • One and Only Hayman Island
    Holiday Resorts    Hayman Island, QLD

    We booked at Pool Suite and it was stunning ? on 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. The suite design is spacious (used to be two rooms years back) and beautifully appointed. I?m not a fan of having exposed bathrooms in the bedroom but it worked ok as the shower and toilet are separate, with the basins, walk-through wardrobe, two basins and large bath an extension of the bedroom. The suit has two tv?s, a smaller one in the bedroom and larger in the living space. The living space has a lounge area as well as small round dining table, chairs and small fridge. Both rooms have large sliding doors and outdoor furniture with electric awnings to protect you from the sun. The bed is four-poster and whilst it looks very luxurious I found it too soft and whilst not impossible to sleep on I did experience a stiff back each morning. In terms of room quality this suite is top notch and compares favorably with other rooms and suites we?ve experienced at five star resorts around the world.

    We were lucky enough to arrive the day prior to Aquazure opening, Hayman?s new second pool and restaurant. It?s located towards the other end of the property just outside the Lagoon Rooms. It?s just beautiful with an infinity pool, large day beds and lounges and a very cool restaurant. It?s promoted as the ideal location for families and kids but to be honest I was wishing it was kid free.

    The original pool at Hayman is still spectacular ? and I?d highly recommend if your budget permits opting for a suite overlooking it. Even better, get one on the 1st floor so you can walk out the front straight into the pool.

    We had a great long weekend at Hayman even though a couple of the restaurants are average for what you pay. Recommended.

  • Bar Fifty
    Restaurants    Hayman Island, QLD

    Not really a bar, more of a lounge area with a simple bar in it. Looks like it was built for the conference market, not for holiday makers. Wouldn't recommend unless you like sitting in a soulless lounge area.

  • On the Rocks
    Restaurants    Hayman Island, QLD

    This is the bar around the original main pool at Hayman. Its a stunning setting. The service here is a bit patchy, rather slow on both occasions we tried it. We also tried for a third time and gave up one day as we couldn't get any service (the staff were chatting to people and it wasn't very busy). The menu is pretty limited, the burgers and chips and drinks all pretty much hotel type food - nothing special but good pool-side food.

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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

      11 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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