Monday, August 31, 2020

Restaurant botanica - Pokolbin- A lovely dinning experience

 A lovely appointed restaurant that welcomes you with its decor and friendly staff. The open fire always helps in winter as does the correct lighting. The food overall was excellent without being adventurous. The grilled calamari was a little dry and boring but everything else was terrific. Perfectly cooked duck and beautiful pasta . The desert of dark chocolate mousse with red wine ice cream was also well presented and topped off a great dinner. The service and food 9/10. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Miss G’s - a new experience

 If you are a good lover you would have been here, but now you need to go again as their menu has totally changed. The food was again terrific and their service was equally good. I would definitely have their degustation menu so you can try everything. The beef tartare was the best dish for me along with a broccoli salad. Desserts have not been left off and the stoners delight is still there. This for me is one place you can always go back to. 9/10 for both food and service. By the way excellent gf options. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

UR PHO - Cronulla Great Vietnamese food

We went there on Friday night and had crispy pancake, spring rolls , salt and pepper eggplant and a chicken curry. All were very good and all gluten free. Atmosphere was buzzy and the service was excellent. Probably too many people but all was done properly. I would highly recommend this place . By the their pho is also excellent but be careful if you order spicy soup as it’s really spicy. 

Our father cafe - Burraneer bay

  • Excellent place for breakfast and coffee. Had the corn fritters with a chilli egg which was really nice. Almond milk coffee was made to perfection. They also cater for gf people and have a large range of goodies as well. Service was very friendly and professional . 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Zimzala - Amazing location in Cronulla

This restaurant would have one of the best locations right on the beach at South Cronulla giving you views of the surf, sand, people and people just having fun. Its been around for a while and it never ceases to surprise me with the menu changing and the quality of the food.

We went there for Valentines day but it could be any day and you would get the same great service and food. We had the seafood platter as you can see below and is an excellent version of this , not too much fried foods and a good selection of fresh prawns etc. They have many other things on the menu to suit most people and have gluten free options.

The Deserts were wonderful and all in all a very good dinning experience. I will continue to go back and give them an 8/10 for both service and food.

Giro Osteria - Nice local Italian

Its been a while since I used this blog however , I am back. We have not been to this place for a long time and it is a very good restaurant. The atmosphere is terrific however the service is a little off and just needs some small adjustments. The food was a bit hit and miss with both pastas being excellent however the John Dory was overcooked and the snitzel was burnt as you can see by the photo.

I have forgiven them for some of the mistakes and still give them a 6.5 out of 10 overall. We will go back as I know they can do better.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Claire's Kitchen

This is one restaurant I have been wanting to go to for a while and I  am glad I went. It has a wonderful ambiance elegant without going over the top.

So we arrived and was seated at a large table in a cubicle as there was 4 of us and then the  waitress lit the large chandelier in the middle of the table which shone light onto the table. A great start to the night .

The menu was quite big and they also had some specials so there is plenty to choose from. Everything is French so well done. I ordered the salmon entree which was nice but not great the others were also happy with theirs. I also ordered 6 escargot which was the highlight.

For main I had lamb rack which was served cold and the potatoes were under cooked however it was still very tasty. The pork cutlet and the lamb rump was also very good.

The wine list is reasonable and varied in price which was good. The waiters were all very friendly and French so the experience was good. The only real negative for the night was the service which was too slow and not all the meals came out together which explains why they were cold.

I would go back and try again. I would give them 5/10 for service and 7/10 for food.

Claire's Kitchen
35 Oxford st
Surry hills

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ananas Restaurant - Sydney Rocks

It's been a year since I was last here and I wondered if it was as good as it was. I was not disappointed it has kept its French charm and the food was excellent . I started with escargot which were very tasty but not near enough as they were delightful. My colleague had the Seared Tuna Salad which was very good. We both had a simple steak but it was cooked to perfection medium rare with good caramelisation on top. This was served with a few sides which were just as good.

The wine list was reasonable as was the price and the service was good without being intrusive. It is somewhere that you take your partner for a romantic dinner but it has has a buzz about it so you feel like you could be in France. It gets my tick of approval and I will return. I would have taken more photos but the food was so good I ate too fast and forgot. By the way my business colleague really liked it as well and was very complimentary about the food and service. So well done Ananas.

Seared Tuna Salad


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Estelle - Melbourne

I have been here about 5 times which is much more than I normally do simply because the food is so good. I think we all know of Scott Pickett the chef and his reputation is second to none. This is his main restaurant and is worth visiting for the atmosphere and the food. By the way the service is also top class.

The following is a sample of the food we had on this night but there is much much more. Obviously you need to have the degustation menu otherwise it is a waste of time going.

The restaurant is located at 243 High Street Northcote in Victoria
phone (03) 94894609

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Vamps Bistro

Vamps is an old traditional French bistro with. slightly Asian feel, however the majority of the food is classic french. The restaurant is nestled in amongst a number of other restaurants at 5 ways Paddington which is always buzzing on the weekends. The old terrace house has been there as a restaurant for over 25 years and this was my first visit.

I like traditional French as it does remind me of my French holiday some years ago spending 5 weeks travelling around the country side. There is plenty to like about Vamps from the atmosphere to the smell of garlic to the noisy chatter of kitchen staff and guests.

The menu is full of goodies including French onion soup, escargot, scallops in moray sauce, lambs brains and kidneys. I had the escargot in garlic whilst the others had shagpile prawns in shredded wontons, both were very good.

When it came time to order the mains I wanted the duck a l orange and the rabbit pie and then the beef with pepper sauce also sounded good. I settled on the rabbit pie only to find out that they had none but was replaced with a pheasant pie, so I had that. it did not disappoint me in fast it was lovely nice flakey pastry with a thick creamy, wine pheasant filling. We had the potato mash and beans as sides. The others had the twice cooked pork belly, lamb and the duck, all were very good and everyone enjoyed the meal.

no one had room for dessert unfortunately but they do have the traditional French desserts and you won't be disappointed here either.

It was a very pleasant night out and with the added advantage of being BYO we also took our own wine. corkage is a very reasonable $5 per person. I would return and overall I would give it a 7/10 for both food and service.

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Location:227 Glemore Rd Paddington