seanaussie Local Star
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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In some ways this is just another Asian food buffet choice style in a food court - there's the regular choices with fried rice etc. A couple of the better parts of it though are the price (you can easily fill up for under $10) and that the food is really quite yum and not as greasy as you might find elsewhere. The teriyaki chicken is especially tasty, lots of flavour. A big negative for me though is that they only take cash - and I could only find one ATM (of a different brand than mine) within a couple of minutes of there.
First up, do you know anyone that can cut 30 tomatoes into neatly equally sized portions in 15 minutes? I do - it's the owner of this store! Perhaps irrelevant but impressive. More relevant is that they make really tasty incredibly filling kebabs here. And with a drink plus chips you'll pay about $14 which will tastily leave you full for the day. Very filling and tasty. Did I tell you they're filling? And tasty? Thought so. They've got the usual choice of chicken or beef (and you can add cheese and chili which I did, mmm!), plus some other middle-eastern treats like baclava that I was too full to try. The kebab really filled me up! It was tasty too. When I'm back at the Colonnades if I want to be filled up, with something tasty you know where I'll go!
The atmosphere here is worth the visit. Not sure what the building used to be, but it's got a really smart look about it, especially for those wanting a modern business look.
Drink prices are about what you'd expect and they have a huge range but nothing under $8 a glass. The shame of my visit is I'd hoped to spend a relaxing 25 minutes sipping on a nice cool white with a snack. The snack ($8 curly fries that weren't curly & were too salty) took 20 minutes to come to me. Disappointing.
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!!)