Grace Thomas

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Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Fri, 7th Sep 2018 (9)

We were there for pre-footy! Service was excellent - attentive, friendly, without being overbearing. Milan (sp?) especially. The sommelier treated the wine we ordered with great respect. Thank you. Food was perfect. Love the bug tails, the sake tuna, cauliflower and seared kangaroo. Tofu dumplings were very nice however had more of an oily texture in the broth although it did not look oily.

Estelle Bistro


Grace dined on Fri, 6th Jul 2018 (10)

Pre gig dinner and exceeded expectations. Chris looked after us very well and make the best espresso martini. food was devine - churro snack, cauliflower, pork belly, barramundi, cheese and baked chocolate mousse. We will be back another day for the tasting menu.


Brunswick West

Grace dined on Sat, 30th Jun 2018 (8)

Buzzy place, full of energy, clearly well-enjoyed by many. Thankful for no loud music. Nice bar, modern take on pizzas, seafood was very nice. Would return on a less busy night.

Nine Elephants


Grace dined on Fri, 29th Jun 2018 (9)

Really good food. When we asked for Thai Hot, we got it. Very happy. Green curry was yummo. Chicken satay roti wrap was beautiful. Fish super crispy. Papaya salad we will definitely have again. Thank you.

La Camera Southgate


Grace dined on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 (9)

Fabulous service - friendly and helpful. A fun feel to the place. Clinton the saxophonist was great. Food excellent. We'd come back again. Thank you.


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Fri, 19th Jan 2018 (9)

Service was great - attentive, fun and friendly - knowledgable around recommendations. Quite buzzy place so can imagine to be noisy when full. We went on a 42º day and it was pleasant when we arrived, however by 2.30pm, it got really warm and stuffy. On the basis, air-con needs sorting out. And it was boiling where the reception was. Seems like the air-con was not working and all the street heat was coming in. Not comfortable and a dent in our fabulous food and service experience.

Long Chim Melbourne


Grace dined on Wed, 22nd Nov 2017 (8)

Nice food, largely genuine, a tad too sweet, serving portions. Good wine list. Service was a bit slow while we were limited to time based on restaurant policy.

Rosa's Canteen

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Thu, 28th Sep 2017 (9)

The food was fabulous. Artichokes divine. Pear and Chocolate Tart was so light. Service was friendly although they appeared to be very busy. Would definitely be back.


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Sun, 30th Apr 2017 (9)

Excellent staff. Food fabulous. Staff recormmendations perfect. Wine list good. Already booked to go back. Thank you.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Mon, 17th Apr 2017 (9)

We decided to go to Taxi Kitchen pre footy match - somewhere really nice with a top winelist. We were not disappointed at all. Loved the food, the recommendations, the great Victorian wines, and fabulously friendly service. So much more we would have loved to eat but could not fit any more in. Would have loved to have the poterhouse steak - alas not available today, due to the long Easter break, we suspect. Thank you.

Matteo's Melbourne


Grace dined on Sun, 5th Mar 2017 (10)

We went there for our twosome 40th wedding anniversary lunch. We had the Lazy Sunday lunch with wine pairing. It was a fabulous experience - food was divine. Service was excellent - Charles and Natalie looked after us very well. Thank you. They even wrote "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert plate - a lovely gesture. We are already planning our next visit - by ourselves and with friends. Thank you!

Rare Downtown (King St)

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 (8)

Lorna looked after us and she was great. Very friendly and attentive and not overly so. Liked her spirit a lot. Steak was cooked nicely although mine needed to be on a rarer side go medium rare. Salad was really good. Chips we amazing. The red house wine offered for the set priced meal was very good. Thank you


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Thu, 24th Nov 2016 (9)

Really good yet simple food. Tasty and well presented. Good wine list. A local fav when I am in the area. A tad noisy especially inside.

Matteo's Melbourne


Grace dined on Fri, 16th Sep 2016 (9)

Excellent service. A real goodie. Food was fabulous, staff flexible enabling us to share, very beautifully presented. Thank you.

Transformer Fitzroy


Grace dined on Mon, 22nd Aug 2016 (9)

Anita was a fabulous host for our dinner for two. I brought along a friend from Sydney and she declared Transformer is now her fav in Melbourne. Thank you.

Seamstress Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Mon, 8th Aug 2016 (8)

Food was fabulous. Great recommendations from the waiter. Nice manner. However, I am not sure if they did not have enough service people or just inefficient. Took us over 15 mins to get our tap water. And then had to ask for the menu afte waiting near 30 minutes. Felt forgotten or invisible. Lucky my friend and I had lots to talk about. Once we got their attention everything was great.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 (9)

Excellent service. We had the Eat + Pei + Quick lunch and it was fabulous. I could have had everything that is on the menu everything looks very fine. The smoked ling and potato and leek soup was delicious albeit very salty. The skate wing was divine and I'd have it again. My friend's flank steak main was very pretty and tender. And her buffalo mozzarella with vanilla and persimmom looks pretty as a dessert. Highly recommended as it is clear they have taken great care to put this menu together. Thank you.

Transformer Fitzroy


Grace dined on Thu, 14th Jan 2016 (9)

Excellent food, well presented. Edgy environment. Friendly and helpful staff. We left it up to the chef and he delivered an excellent. well balanced menu. Not noisy so good for friends to catch up. Tables are well spaced.

Bamboo House

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Mon, 23rd Nov 2015 (8)

This is an old favourite and will remain so. Best Peking Duck in town. Loved all the dishes ... only small issue this time was that the twice fried beef was a little over fried and tasted a little burnt. Otherwise, all wonderful. Fantastic wine list. Very good service - thank you Jimmy.


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Mon, 16th Nov 2015 (7)

Food was nice - the trout was superbly cooked. We all enjoyed our meal. Service could be better - asked for hot milk with coffee - got hot water; asked for mint tea - got cafe latte. Not a great impression when I was bringing international guests. Won't deter me from going again however, expected better.

Neighbourhood Wine

Fitzroy North

Grace dined on Fri, 25th Sep 2015 (10)

Fabulous space. Great warm decor. Simple yet makes you feel quite special. Love the different rooms. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Thank you.


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Thu, 24th Sep 2015 (10)

Excellent friendly, attentive service. Everything explained in detail. Really like the space. Thank you.

Meatballs & Sons


Grace dined on Mon, 15th Dec 2014 (5)

Was really anticipating a fabulous lunch here. Environment was very cool and edgy. Service was good although there was only one wait staff today so she was busy. Food came quite quickly. Wine - the pinot grigio was nice. Must say we were a little disappointed with the food. Servicing was fine, not as tasty as we expected. We had the beef meat balls and the broccoli and zuchini one. The salad - mushroom, asparagus salad was really nice although not enough asparagus. Will I go back? Doubtful. Will I recommend, not sure. So much potential if the food was better.

Mama Manoush

Brunswick East

Grace dined on Sun, 23rd Nov 2014 (10)

We went with vouchers for four. Offer was for the banquet. It was divine. We all absolutely loved it. Have to be the best voucher restaurant meal we have had ever. When you walk in, you can smell the place - homely and wonderful. Breads and dips - beautiful, falafel was the best, salad crispy, everything tasty. Wine offered was good. Service was super friendly. They were concerned whether we enjoyed the food - shows the pride they have. We have already decided we will be back. This is what we'd love to see for all restaurants offering vouchers - this is the way to get customers back to pay full price! Well done!

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane CBD

Grace dined on Sun, 30th Mar 2014 (8)

Great location. Wine list was fabulous and well recommended. Food was very nice although we found the Coal Pit lamb not as good as we had anticipated - so were a tad disappointed. Lacked seasoning. Small plates of smoked duck, burrata, seared wagyu were great. Sides were really nice - we had the mushrooms, cauliflower gratin and chips. Desserts we yummy.


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Sat, 18th Jan 2014 (8)

I took a friend from Sydney there for breakfast. Really nice food. I had the avocado smash with one poached egg. Very nice. I would like my poached egg softer but my friend liked hers just as it came. Service was great until the restaurant got busy, then it was difficult to attract attention. My coffee was ok - not great, not terrible. Good place.

Garden Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Thu, 9th Jan 2014 (9)

Fabulous food, beautifully presented. Garden view. Only thing was that we ordered chips but they did not arrive. Good thing is that it saved us from eating more carbs. We had the tuna and soft shell crab with pork belly. Quinoa salad was excellent,

Berth Restaurant


Grace dined on Tue, 7th Jan 2014 (10)

Excellent food, good portions. Seafood Antipasto was terrific. Meatballs full of flavour. Garden salad was one of the best. Wait staff very helpful on how much to order and attentive without being over the top.

San Lorenzo

Moonee Ponds

Grace dined on Mon, 16th Dec 2013 (9)

Excellent, friendly service and gave great suggestions and not pushy. Lovely food. Starters and desserts are the best. Mains are good. Pizzas are gourmet fantastic. We will definitely be back again.

Charcoal Lane


Grace dined on Thu, 4th Jul 2013 (8)

Feels a little like they are still finding their feet. Food was very nice. The 18 hour pork belly was a very big serving. I could have done with half the amount of pork. Very nice though. Wine list was good and well priced. Thank you for a lovely evening.

Man Bo


Grace dined on Sat, 29th Jun 2013 (8)

Food was good. Nice wine list. One of our top picks when going to the footy.


Melbourne CBD

Grace dined on Sun, 24th Mar 2013 (9)

We took some overseas friends their for Sunday brunch and told the restaurant that when we booked. Delighted they took this into account and put us at the front table. Music was unobtrusive, service was attentive although the food too a bit long to arrive (it was a very busy morning). Coffee was very nice, food was great - we had the Eggs Benni, Poached Eggs with Mushrooms, Bruschetta and pancakes - all really nice although the serving size seem to vary between dishes. We would definitely go back again. Oh yes, they take bookings ... we refuse to go to restaurants that do not take bookings - we believe it is disrespectful of the vast majority of people who do the right thing. Thanks Terra Rossa for a very nice brunch.


Brisbane CBD

Grace dined on Sat, 16th Jul 2011 (9)

High recommended. We had the degustation dinner. Food quality and presentations were fantastic - work of art. Wine pairing was one of the best we have had - Ramon the sommelier is wonderful in explaining origin and reason for pairing the wine with each dish. Service - they did all the right things albeit a little impersonal ... could have taken more time to introduce themselves and build some relationship. But that could be because of us who have high expectations for degustation dinners. Would definitely go back.

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