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Scarlett @ Harbour Rocks Hotel

The Rocks

Ian dined on Sat, 10th Feb 2018 (9)

Lovely location in a quiet nook off the main thoroughfares of The Rocks. Has an excellent terrace on which to enjoy a quiet pre (or post) meal drink. Food was excellent (get the scallops) and the wine was very reasonably priced. Dining room is very pleasant and small and creates a quiet and intimate atmosphere so it is great for a romantic evening. Only slight downside was the kitchen closing at 9pm so I would recommend dining at 7:30pm. We dined at 8pm and were having to choose our desserts whilst eating our mains which wasn't ideal. A slight blemish on what was otherwise a lovely evening.

Curry Vault

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Thu, 25th Jan 2018 (8)

Awesome Keema Naan! One of the better curry houses in Aus (Brit who has lived here for 3yrs).

Pastuso

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 (9)

Pisco Sours and the steak were AMAZING. Very cool venue in a great location.

The Duck Inn

Chippendale

Ian dined on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 (9)

First time diners so we went for the famous Duck Inn Sunday Roast and it didn't disappoint. The beef brisket was devine, the Yorkshire Pudding superb, the bed of cauliflower mash lovely, the roast potatoes were great and all the other trimmings all went down well. There was nothing left on the plates by the time me and my partner had finished. The bread for a starter was very nice - warm, plentiful and served with olive oil and balsamic which I really enjoy. The atmosphere was nice and cosy. A great spot for either two people dining on nice gastro-pub food or friends or family gatherings. Will definitely return.

The Gantry Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 (9)

We tried the 7 course degustation and matching wines and what a treat it was. The food was delicious (the Yabbies, Rangers Valley Beef and Dragon Fruit in particular were really superb) and the matching wines some of the finest pairings I’ve had – the Cinsault Rose with the Yabbies being the highlight. All very reasonably priced as well. The service was also most excellent – we were waited on by Ronin/Ronan who was most helpful at explaining dishes and provided us with a fully copy of the matching wines at our request at the end as we liked them so much. Me and my partner have been to circa seven or eight Degustation Restaurants around Sydney now and would consider this and Nel our highlights to date. Would highly recommend.

Poachers Pantry

Wallaroo

Ian dined on Sun, 19th Mar 2017 (9)

Lovely food, wine and location. It was a shame that our service was a little rushed as the chefs were due to leave - I would have thought the restaurant would have timed any sittings to take account of this. That said, we went for my partner's birthday and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely little shop for artisan cheese and bread and the wine tasting area is a great touch.

Poachers Pantry

Wallaroo

Ian dined on Sat, 18th Mar 2017 (9)

Lovely food, wine and location. It was a shame that our service was a little rushed as the chefs were due to leave - I would have thought the restaurant would have timed any sittings to take account of this. That said, we went for my partner's birthday and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely little shop for artisan cheese and bread and the wine tasting area is a great touch.

ARIA

Circular Quay

Ian dined on Sun, 7th Aug 2016 (9)

Excellent service and fabulous food. Very informative sommelier.Recommend highly for a romantic evening / special occasion.

117 Dining

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Sat, 25th Jun 2016 (7)

Really lovely food and very quiet and costly atmosphere. Had the truffle degustation and would definitely recommend it. Information from waiters/waitresses about the accompanying wines was a little vague compared to establishments where we have had similar meals. They stated what grape(s) the wine was but not where it was from, what age, what flavours to look out for etc - the little touches that make you think they've gone to great lengths to match the food and the wine. Small details aside, a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had and we will likely return at some point in the future.

nel restaurant

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 18th Mar 2016 (9)

Outstanding value for the quality of the food, wine and overall service offered. Took my partner for her birthday and she loved it. It was our first time there and we both really enjoyed it. Definitely will visit again for another special occasion.

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