Julie dined on Sat, 7th Jul 2018 (10)
Felt it was a special occasion based on the attention.
Julie dined on Sat, 7th Jul 2018 (10)
Felt it was a special occasion based on the attention.
Julie dined on Wed, 4th Jul 2018 (9)
I definitely will return!
Julie dined on Fri, 15th Jun 2018 (10)
Sensational setting, fabulous service and great food!
Julie dined on Sat, 26th May 2018 (10)
Music was great and the oysters even better!
Julie dined on Tue, 8th May 2018 (9)
The only thing that could be improved is if the Dimmi Rewards Voucher was automatically deducted from the bill. I didn't realise that this was the case and so didn't ask for it.... Oops!
Julie dined on Mon, 30th Apr 2018 (8)
The food was great but the noise level, even though the restaurant was only one third full, made it very difficult to hold a conversation with fellow diners.
Julie dined on Sun, 22nd Apr 2018 (9)
Fabulous as usual!
Julie dined on Mon, 5th Feb 2018 (6)
Very tasty food.
Julie dined on Fri, 26th Jan 2018 (6)
Reasonable food taste-wise although not greatly flavoursome. Poor English of waitress made ordering problematic. Surprisingly noisey once a couple of groups came in.
Julie dined on Wed, 17th Jan 2018 (6)
Service seemed understaffed. Dips were good. Main (lamb) was tasty but dry. Ran out of some desserts by 8 pm.
Julie dined on Sun, 31st Dec 2017 (10)
Julie dined on Sun, 3rd Dec 2017 (10)
Superb - as usual!
Julie dined on Wed, 4th Oct 2017 (10)
Very reliable for an excellent experience.
Julie dined on Mon, 21st Aug 2017 (9)
Not a lot of room between tables!
Julie dined on Sun, 30th Jul 2017 (10)
Yet again, an outstanding night!
Julie dined on Fri, 14th Jul 2017 (8)
Food was generally good but the crab on the paella wasn't up to the standard of the rest of the dish.
Julie dined on Fri, 7th Jul 2017 (8)
Although the food, service and atmosphere were all excellent - the time restriction of 2 1/2 hours (to enable 2 sittings) meant that the night ended on an unpleasant note. We had 15 minutes to eat 4 desserts and felt very uncomfortable so did not take up the offer of tea/coffee to finish the meal.
Julie dined on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 (9)
Dessert was fantastic!
Julie dined on Fri, 26th May 2017 (9)
Very enthusiastic service.
Julie dined on Thu, 11th May 2017 (10)
Super fun, as always!
Julie dined on Thu, 30th Mar 2017 (10)
Great fun, as usual!
Julie dined on Thu, 16th Mar 2017 (9)
Consistently good and great to see Branco again.
Julie dined on Sun, 19th Feb 2017 (10)
It struck me how many locals were here. That surely emphasises that the staff are doing something right!
Julie dined on Fri, 3rd Feb 2017 (8)
Service was very good
Julie dined on Wed, 25th Jan 2017 (7)
Glad they are keeping high standards right to the end. Sorry to see it go.
Julie dined on Thu, 19th Jan 2017 (9)
Fabulous music too!
Julie dined on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 (9)
Outstanding. Food a step up from last year. Loved the Best's sparkling red.
Julie dined on Fri, 4th Nov 2016 (8)
Service was good. Food overall was good with generous portions. However the fish dishes especially the sardines lacked any fish flavour. Very popular and we can see why. Wine list was remarkably cheap and high quality.
Julie dined on Sat, 29th Oct 2016 (9)
Hard to imagine how the service could be any better - knowledgeable, friendly, prescient and enthusiastic. Handling of our gluten free person was exemplary.
Julie dined on Wed, 14th Sep 2016 (9)
We enjoyed all our choices and the prices were reasonable. I started with oysters and the soup of the day. The oysters were plump and tasted fresh. The soup was a real hit. Potato and leek but a superb combination with sourdough toast and hazelnut dukka. Definitely a highlight. The last entrée was the cauliflower and it also exceeded expectations. For the mains, the mushroom risotto rated very highly on taste, texture and appearance. The burger was reasonable if not remarkable. Once again, a chef that doesn’t overuse salt. We couldn’t resist the tirimasundae. It lived up to its name. A great combination of quality chocolate icecream and tirimasu served in a sundae glass. The beers provided a competitive selection with two craft beers on tap and half a dozen craft beers by the bottle. I settled for a Two Birds Summer Ale and my companion had a Moondog dark. It was a quiet night, which did distract a little from the atmosphere. Music choice was sensational. Overall, some great flavours and a potential new local.
Julie dined on Fri, 26th Aug 2016 (9)
Great staff and good beer selection
Julie dined on Sat, 13th Aug 2016 (8)
Food and service were great. I was a little disappointed in the pinots.
Julie dined on Tue, 9th Aug 2016 (10)
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Very hard to make a choice of food. Staff were all great. Good that tables are not crowded.
Julie dined on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 (8)
Service was outstanding
Julie dined on Thu, 7th Jul 2016 (9)
Excellent - couldn't fault anything.
Julie dined on Thu, 9th Jun 2016 (10)
Extra points for wait staff remembering the coat
Julie dined on Sat, 23rd Apr 2016 (7)
Food was very heavy and salty
Julie dined on Sat, 16th Apr 2016 (7)
Interesting food but stir fry shredded beef was burnt to a crisp. Tealeaf salad was a highlight
Julie dined on Sun, 10th Apr 2016 (9)
Good choice of food. The recommended wine was a big success. Cheeses were memorable.
Julie dined on Tue, 29th Mar 2016 (9)
Julie dined on Tue, 23rd Feb 2016 (5)
We returned to the Kingston after many years to see what has changed. The fundamentals were there but it is not the fine dining place it used to be. The pork dumplings were a good start. Tasty with just the right texture. The bruschetta with anchovies was also a good entrée with a clever blend of interesting flavours. The main courses were more varied. The Casunziei with burnt sage butter, poppy seeds and candied fruits was an unusual dish. This looked and tasted like agnolotti filled with beetroot. It was worth trying but not really to my liking. It wasn’t too sweet but not memorable either. The pie of the day was the success. Pastry was light with plenty of tasty beef. The lamb was ample meat that tasted good and was nicely cooked. However there was a bit too much gristle. All main courses were reasonable value for money. There was a good if not extensive wine list. We chose a bottle of Kooyong Pinot 2012 which was excellent. The tiramisu was very morish but the spirit had been injected into the middle of it rather than the sponge being soaked in it. And I did like the chocolate/coffee flavour. The service was uneven. The wait staff were a little offhand initially but then warmed up. About this time they all disappeared so there was actually no-one around for long periods. Presumably they were helping out elsewhere in the hotel. Nonetheless they did appear at optimal times so I wondered whether we were being watched on CCTV.
Julie dined on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 (8)
Very hot night and the air conditioning didn't cope. Otherwise the usual good food and service.
Julie dined on Sun, 20th Dec 2015 (3)
We were shown our table as if the waiter was in a hurry to attend to something else. After 15 minutes we were served with some pickled julienned vegetables. It probably set the tone. They were limp and tasteless. The waiter explained what he liked to eat, although he couldn’t really explain why. He was also over Christmas, he said. Taking his preferences as a type of recommendation we tried the oysters in wasabi foam. This was a big success. The flavour and texture of the plump oysters was enhanced by a slightly citrusy foam with a hint of wasabi. The tofu in broth was also good but suggested the trend for the evening. The flavour of the sauce was very overpowering although the texture of the tofu was very delicate. The whiting fillets in tempura entrée was very disappointing. The flesh was mushy and the fish tasteless, relying on the sauce or salt to lift it. My partner had a large number of bones and I had one or two. The batter, although thin, was brittle and dark as though it were deep fried like very average fish and chips. My main course of sashimi, that should have been the highlight, wasn’t. The various cuts of fish were limp, soft and largely tasteless. As the photos shows it was a very small portion for $24. Another very disappointing dish. The gyoza were nice enough with the sauce. However without it, the pork filling was very bland. When the waiter cleared the table he asked how the meal was. As I started to tell him about the Whiting dish he just walked off. For dessert we shared a yuzu brulee. This was an excellent choice. Very balanced proportions and a lovely refreshing with a slightly tart edge. The vanilla ice cream was memorable. Although the staff generally detracted from the experience, one waitress seemed more enthused and affable than the rest. She perfectly remembered our orders, including drinks, without writing anything down.
Julie dined on Sat, 28th Nov 2015 (9)
Faultless as usual with one exception. The Barramundi was disappointing. Its texture was mushy although it tasted very good.
Julie dined on Tue, 17th Nov 2015 (9)
After being greeted with some flamboyance we were shown to our table. The same waiter had a very informed view of the wines. We were very happy with his recommendations of a half bottle of Gosset champagne, followed by an Italian red from North of Venice. We had the tasting menu for $85. It started off with quinoa base/beetroot/cheese, then had Yellowfin tuna, braised in caramellised sauce, baby quail, saltbush lamb, mussels in risotto followed by Italian doughnuts with an ice cream centre. Each dish not only looked spectacular but brought out the optimum blend of flavours. Although I found the sweet and sauce sauce for the quail to be a little too tart from the vinegar to do justice to the meat. We couldn’t fault the service, food, wine and to enjoy it all in the opulent Grand dining room was a memorable experience.
Julie dined on Sat, 10th Oct 2015 (8)
Had to wait 45 mins before our order was taken but once it came the food was excellent.
Julie dined on Sun, 4th Oct 2015 (9)
Have been there previously and this confirms our original high opinion.
Julie dined on Sat, 5th Sep 2015 (8)
A very pleasant place to spend Saturday night. Our waitress was new so there were a few hiccups. However she handled it with such good grace, we couldn’t be but impressed. We had a main of Carne Asade Fajitas which consisted of Yarra Glen skirt steak with caramelized onions, served with red capsicum, tortillas with avocado salsa and coriander yogurt. It was a good size and very tasty so fair value. The shared plates included lamb kofta with grilled local seasonal vegetables with baby kale, spuds, chives, tomatoes, flat bread with various toppings. Desserts were good if not outstanding. I liked the range of dark beers and the house wine being Punt Road pinot was excellent. There was also an extensive range of teas. The pomegranate and orange drink from the “Alchemist” seemed to be Fanta with a touch of pomegranate. Not what I was expecting. The venue is very spacious and the noise levels bordered on the quiet. The printed menus looked attractive but needed a magnifying glass to read. The next table were using their iTorches.
Julie dined on Thu, 20th Aug 2015 (9)
Faultless food, wine and service. Buzzy feel yet not too noisy.
Julie dined on Fri, 24th Jul 2015 (8)
The chick pea hotpot was sensational, as is the beer selection. The desserts didn't quite live up to their descriptions. Overall really enjoyed the night.
Julie dined on Tue, 7th Jul 2015 (9)
Everything on the menu was appealing. Good environment to have a conversation and tables are well spaced.
Julie dined on Mon, 18th May 2015 (8)
If you are in to craft beers - this is the place to go!
Julie dined on Sun, 5th Apr 2015 (8)
Food was sensational - every dish and especially the desserts. Staff seemed disorganised and stretched but this may have been an Easter Sunday issue. We were shocked when told we would have to vacate the table in 20 minutes and wouldn't have time for desserts. We were not aware of the 2 hour limit. This was later rectified and staff were very helpful but it was a very nasty surprise to have the threat of our birthday dinner abruptly terminated. No mention on Dimmi of any two hour limit on our booking.
Julie dined on Wed, 1st Apr 2015 (8)
wasn't offered the "Market Menu" which I would have had.
Julie dined on Fri, 14th Sep 2012 (8)
Its BYO. It's BYO. Very attentive and cheerful service. liked the chilled glasses for our sparkling. Like the decore. Gotta love the belly danser too.
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