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
We have just revisited Billy Kwongs, this time at their new Potts Point location which only opened two weeks ago. Regulars to Billy Kwong will love that the space is about four times larger than the old place, with a long bar running down the side (and the uncomfortable stools have been replaced by more comfortable seating). Not a bar for drinking, but a bar you can sit and eat and watch Kylie and her team in the kitchen. It's a real sight to watch, Kylie at the other side and her team standing not far behind her as she orders instructions into space age looking headsets (so the team can here over the noisy chatter of patrons).
Don't be disappointed if you sit at one of the standard tables as the food is still the star here (with excellent service). But if you are the type who wants to be close to the action and within feet of Kylie herself then insist on seats at the bar (and just check she's leading the team on the night as it's hard to imagine she's working 7 nights at such a popular and frenetic place). We sat at the corner of the bar which is perfect viewing. As always Kylie and her team didn't disappoint.
This was my second time at the Hyatt and both times I've had the same problem. Noise. I was there recently on a hot night and when I turned the air conditioning off in my room all I could hear was ambient noise coming through the wall from another room - I suspect it was either their air conditioning or similar. It was impossible to sleep but given it was 11 pm at night I couldn't be bothered calling reception to move. Ear plugs weren't enough to solve the problem either. This is the second time I've had the same problem at this work-prefered hotel. I complained to reception the next morning and they took off the small cost of mini-bar which was a nice gesture - but in essence I suspect these problems are not an easy fix, thus will never stay at this Hyatt again.
I take my car here all the time for a wash I think it changed hands recently and some previous reviewers don't look happy but I've always always found them very service orientated and the do a good job. You can also hang at their cafe which serves on ok coffee and cake.
I'm always particular about my car so I always check it before driving off and if the guys have missed anything they're always happy to quickly address it without fuss. I recommend this place.
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