James

James Toouli

Regular diner with my wife and friends
James' Latest reviews: James' Top 10 restaurants:

d'Arry's Verandah

Mclaren Vale

James dined on Fri, 25th May 2018 (10)

An outstanding restaurant in a superb setting. It does not get much better than this anywhere in Australia and would rank amongst the finest in the world. Congratulations to Jo, Peter and Staff.

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Magill

James dined on Thu, 5th Apr 2018 (10)

For an amazing dining experience in a superb setting it is hard to equal or surpass anywhere in the world. This is world class and compares very favourably with top 10 restaurants in world rankings - having experienced some of these previously.

Glebe Point Diner

Glebe

James dined on Thu, 22nd Mar 2018 (6)

Good but not excellent. Does not meet expectations

Bistro Blackwood

Adelaide

James dined on Thu, 8th Mar 2018 (7)

A good cafe restaurant that falls short of comparable cafes around Adelaide. However still worth visiting ,with lower expectations. Somewhat overpriced compared to its competitors.

Apothecary 1878

Adelaide CBD

James dined on Mon, 5th Mar 2018 (9)

Great meal in excellent surroundings

EZARD

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Thu, 22nd Feb 2018 (10)

An outstanding top tier restaurant

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 (8)

An excellent hotel restaurant with a consistently high standard

Henry and the Fox

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Mon, 19th Feb 2018 (8)

Excellent cafe style place.

La Provence

Adelaide CBD

James dined on Wed, 14th Feb 2018 (9)

One of the best French restaurants in Adelaide and arguably Australia. Run by French husband and wife team with an outstanding chef.

The Bridgewater Mill

Bridgewater

James dined on Sun, 7th Jan 2018 (8)

Getting back to its originally great status.

Il Nostro Posto

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Wed, 29th Nov 2017 (9)

Great Italian food . In particular the House specials

Bekya Middle Eastern Kitchen

Forest Lodge

James dined on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 (5)

This restaurant fails in the quality of its food. It lacks taste. A take away cafe could produce similar fare at much lower cost. Disappointed.

Glebe Point Diner

Glebe

James dined on Thu, 24th Aug 2017 (7)

Booked for lunch through Dimmi but not recognised as such when we arrived even though there was no one else in the restaurant . The waiter had no idea about the wine that went with the special lunch other than it was either red or white. Not good really. Having said all that the food was excellent and the reason why we keep coming back . However they do need to get their act together when it comes to service

La Provence

Adelaide CBD

James dined on Fri, 14th Jul 2017 (9)

A French restaurant at its best.

Bistro Blackwood

Adelaide

James dined on Tue, 30th May 2017 (10)

This is a gem of a restaurant. Highly recommended

Penfolds Magill Estate Kitchen

Magill

James dined on Sun, 14th May 2017 (6)

Very overpriced for what is on offer. Lovely venue but you are paying for the view

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 9th May 2017 (9)

Very good hotel restaurant

Le Mistral Restaurant

Willunga

James dined on Sun, 16th Apr 2017 (10)

This is a special restaurant in the true French tradition. The staff are great, friendly and knowledgeable . The husband and wife team are charming . Highly recommended.

d'Arry's Verandah

Mclaren Vale

James dined on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 (10)

One of the best winery restaurants anywhere in Australia . A must for anyone who appreciates excellent food in a great environment

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Thu, 30th Mar 2017 (7)

A good hotel restaurant

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 28th Mar 2017 (8)

Excellent hotel restaurant

Cos 18 Leigh

Adelaide CBD

James dined on Thu, 2nd Mar 2017 (4)

This is a very ordinary restaurant which is clearly not chef driven. Good wholesome pub fare is how I would describe the offerings. We did not have a steak and may be this was a mistake as this may be their forte; the risotto was stodgy and the beer buttered fish greasy.

Estia Greek Cuisine

Henley Beach

James dined on Sat, 25th Feb 2017 (10)

Always good Excellent position especially outdoors. Food is authentic and freshly cooked

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

James dined on Wed, 22nd Feb 2017 (8)

An Adelaide institution. Always good if not outstanding

Glebe Point Diner

Glebe

James dined on Sun, 29th Jan 2017 (9)

Consistently excellent restaurant with great tasting meals and excellent service. Very fortunate to have this great restaurant close to where we live.

Tinello

Glebe

James dined on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 (9)

Great new restaurant Excellent Italian cuisine

Nu Nu Restaurant

Palm Cove

James dined on Fri, 21st Oct 2016 (9)

Great for lunch on a sunny day

Temple of Tastes

Palm Cove

James dined on Thu, 20th Oct 2016 (10)

The best in Palm Cove

River Cafe

North Adelaide

James dined on Wed, 7th Sep 2016 (9)

Very good lunch

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Thu, 1st Sep 2016 (9)

Very good hotel restaurant

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Wed, 10th Aug 2016 (9)

Great hotel restaurant

Lane Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 9th Aug 2016 (8)

Very good hotel restaurant

Temple of Tastes

Palm Cove

James dined on Thu, 28th Jul 2016 (9)

Continues to perform as a first class restaurant. This was a repeat visit and pleased to see the improvement. It is one of the best restaurants in Palm Cove and the Cairns region.

Sezar Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 19th Jul 2016 (9)

The lamb roast was superb

Le Mistral Restaurant

Willunga

James dined on Sun, 10th Jul 2016 (10)

Great to have a genuine French restaurant in Willunga . The staff, owners are very welcoming and very helpful. We will be back

Bottega

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 7th Jun 2016 (8)

Very good food and wines.Excellent service .Worth a visit

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Tue, 17th May 2016 (9)

Excellent on repeat visit

d'Arry's Verandah

Mclaren Vale

James dined on Tue, 5th Apr 2016 (10)

One of the best restaurants in Australia So pleased it is just down the road from Adelaide. Always performs to a high standard

No35

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Wed, 23rd Mar 2016 (8)

Very good whilst not quite top. Meals are innovative but just miss out from being outstanding. I will be back

WOMAD

Adelaide

James dined on Sun, 13th Mar 2016 (7)

Given the venue there is a degree of limitation in reproducing the standard one has come to expect frim the owner and staff of Orana/Bkackwood . However the prices do not reflect the difference .Top dollar for not such a top performance . May be some thinking to be done Jock?

d'Arry's Verandah

Mclaren Vale

James dined on Tue, 8th Mar 2016 (10)

This is an outstanding restaurant that always delivers. Ambience is great. Food is superb and of course the wines cannot be surpassed . Highly recommended even after over 20 years of repeatedly going to this iconic institution My one and only concern is that the new tourist development ie the cube may change the quality as it starts to cater for the middle to populist trade . We need to wait and see.

Star of Greece

Port Willunga

James dined on Sun, 6th Mar 2016 (6)

Positioned in an iconic location this restaurant should always do well . Unfortunately it is at times , like when we visited let down but its staff . Whilst the food is good it more often than not is "thrown" at you by some of the staff . This not acceptable in a restaurant charging the level of prices charged. One expects Service with a capital S. If they need to learn how to do it go and visit the Orana cafe in Rundle street now called Blackwood just to see how even a cafe can provide Good Service

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

James dined on Thu, 25th Feb 2016 (9)

Cheese reigns supreme in this restaurant. Most courses feature a type of cheese. This makes the food not only tasty but also unique. The wines are superb as is the service .The decor is interesting and the atmosphere personalised. It can be noisy cafe style but also intimate depending on where you are seated. Highly recommended . You will not be disappointed

Africola

Adelaide

James dined on Tue, 12th Jan 2016 (7)

This restaurant presents the diner with interesting and different tastes. But it is NOT fine dining It is equivalent to your neighbourhood cafe in the city. I am not sure that I would rush back Using the same cutlery all night and no serves supplied defines the restaurant despite the tastes .

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

James dined on Sun, 3rd Jan 2016 (9)

Jolleys remains as one of our favourite restaurants. Beautiful setting for a long lunch and the food never dissapoints

Star of Greece

Port Willunga

James dined on Mon, 28th Dec 2015 (7)

Lovely sunsets Could do a lot better given its iconic site

Ahgora

Glebe

James dined on Fri, 11th Dec 2015 (9)

If the restaurant were not so noisy the experience would have been so much better. Unfortunately when you have a large group the noise is overwhelming!!

River Cafe

North Adelaide

James dined on Wed, 2nd Dec 2015 (8)

Lovely lunch with friends

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

James dined on Wed, 29th Jul 2015 (10)

This is an excellent up market but also affordable restaurant Outstanding flavours comparable to some of the best in the world A must visit

Ahgora

Glebe

James dined on Wed, 22nd Jul 2015 (9)

The food is innovative and done with little fuss . We will be back

LuMi Bar & Dining

Pyrmont

James dined on Thu, 9th Apr 2015 (10)

Remains a gem of a restaurant with innovative food and excellent service. The menu changes but at the same time their very best courses are still served. We will be back!!

Fino Seppeltsfield

Seppeltsfield

James dined on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 (9)

Every bit as good as Fino Wilunga and more!!

Zucca Greek Mezze

Glenelg

James dined on Sun, 22nd Feb 2015 (8)

Retains a predictable good standard with tasty meals. Always good to go back to .The setting cannot be beaten especially if one is seated in the sea view room.

LuMi Bar & Dining

Pyrmont

James dined on Thu, 22nd Jan 2015 (9)

This is a restaurant that meets all expectations .it matched excellent reviews written about LuMi.Each course was adelightful surprise of rich flavours and in most instances spectacular artistry. A wonderful feature is the chefs delivering each course to the table hence giving an opportunity to discuss their creation. A top dining experience in all ways. We will be back!!

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

James dined on Sat, 3rd Jan 2015 (6)

Jolleys is in a wonderful position with classic Adelaide ambience. It has an excellent chef who prepares interesting and innovative tastes in meals. However the service has always been a problem and continues to be a problem. If they were to get this right it could become a jewel in Adelaide's dining scene.

Giwa Modern Korean Restaurant

Hyde Park

James dined on Fri, 11th Jan 2013 (8)

Food with a difference reflecting the Korean origins.Compares very well with the best in South Korea.