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My name's Sean. I've lived in Sydney, Adelaide, Launceston & visited every state of Australia - that's why they call me seanaussie! So I've reviewed anywhere that either annoys me, amazes me or ably accepts me into their establishment! I hope my reviews help you as you travel around too.
Joined 04 March 2008 Modbury Heights, SA
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This cafe is such a quaint spot, lovely atmosphere with both the homewares area & the food section. Pancakes were lovely and fluffy, fast service (though it could have taken longer so we could keep looking at all the bits & bobs there!), also really enjoyed the milkshakes which were a generous size and reasonably priced. Tucked away out of the busyness of the road, but good parking area. Will be back again! #reviewtowin
Can't count the number of times I've visited here over the last 20 years, it's a bit of a fave for an evening coffee & cake or milkshake & cake or coke and cake...You're probably getting the picture that I like their cake, and you'd be right! Unfortunately last night when I went they'd sold out of their regular cheesecake, but I have to say that what I had instead - the baci chocolate cake & baked cheesecake [yes, I did share it!] was delicious and well worth going back for. Could have well done with a splash of cream or some dressing which was a disappointment. The mug of hot chocolate I had was just the right temperature and generously sized, my partner's caramel milkshake was slurp-to-the-bottom-worthy.
The one big negative is the price, at $23 for 2 average-sized slices of cake, a hot chocolate and milkshake is a bit over the top. Looking at their meals menu they're even pricier. Seem to remember this is why it's only a 'for special times' fave rather than a regular. Open til late every night which is a bonus, and unlike other reviewers I haven't found the staff to be anything less than polite.#reviewtowin
I'd heard 2 things about this before going - that the portion sizes were small and that the prices were high. Surprisingly I didn't find either to be overly true.
I was in a group of 14 (warning: they do charge an 8% surcharge for groups of over 12, which did annoy me especially as they didn't mention it except in tiny writing) and all of us really enjoyed most of what we ate. Loved having a special corner of the restaurant for our group, though the noise in this place was fairly overpowering, couldn't hear more than the 2 people next to me.
It was gourmet food - my 24 hour slow smoked octopus was absolutely delicious, and I've never had squid ink pasta before (enjoyed it), and I have to say I was comfortably full at the end of the main. Others that had smaller portions such as the creamy truffle pasta said they were still comfortably full as it was a creamy dish (and I snuck some sauce off my wife's plate, have to say it was one of the most delicious sauces I've ever eaten). Staff were friendly & happy to help with suggestions.
What we were all really disappointed in was the drinks. They were overpriced, undersized and sometimes just not tasty - for example, the cider smelt like the rubbish bin outside of a pub and the 'mocktails' were a mishmash of overpowering flavours, the wine came in huge glasses but with very little wine in them.I honestly think we'd have been better off drinking water. To me the price was about what I'd expect to pay at an upper-class pub, so not somewhere I'd go regularly but if I want to impress someone by saying where I'd take them, I'd choose here.#reviewtowin
Visiting here today was like a rerun of a bad movie. Maybe the movie 'Frozen' - you'll see why in a minute!
After 3 years of not visiting here, in a rush we came through today. Order taking was a bit quicker than 3 years ago, but it still ended up being a long visit as it took them ages to prepare our 3 tiny meals. It's a tiny kitchen but I counted 5 staff in it all looking at each other, perhaps trying to work out where the chicken was (they actually did run out of fillets after my order?!?)
Then came the frozen bit. As my wife bit into her original fillet burger, she mentioned it was cold. Then she noticed the bread & lettuce was actually not just cold, but frozen! I took one feel of my zinger works burger and sure enough it was also cold. A bite confirmed that my bread & lettuce too was...frozen!
So I went up to the counter (we were the only customers in the store). The staredown began as the 5 staff looked busily around at each other in the kitchen & I waited at the counter. After 1 minute had passed, I actually had to call out to them. To their credit when I gave them the burger they immediately offered to replace it (my wife had just taken off the frozen parts because she doesn't like lettuce anyway!). There was no apology, just an offer to replace it.
After a couple of minutes they brought my burger to the table with a rather muted and very quick apology. I'm a bit confused about this as it was incredibly clear that there was a problem with the bun & lettuce: anyone who even took a brief feel of it would know that it was frozen, even through rubber gloves.
Can you guess what happened next? Yep, a frozen re-run! I honestly thought I must have been imagining it, but got my wife to check and lo and behold my second zinger works burger also contained frozen lettuce and partially frozen bun. I really truly can't believe they didn't notice this this time.
So I followed my wife's lead, took the lettuce out, broke off the frozen part of the bun & left vowing to never return again.
(I did give them half a star as my daughter's popcorn chicken wasn't frozen...Infact they were so hot she couldn't eat them at first!!)