Rachael

Rachael McLean

Rachael McLean BA (Syd) FIPA FFA

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Bistro Guillaume Sydney

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Wed, 17th Oct 2018 (10)

Extraordinary on all accounts. Guests enjoyed Duck L'Orange and the lamb special for two. French wait staff typical of a French Bistro, both charming and delightful. Wine list was to die for. Guests enjoyed St George's Cab Sav from the Coonawarra. Definitely geared for the business/corporate account and overseas traveller!

Felix

Sydney

Rachael dined on Sat, 13th Oct 2018 (10)

If you are looking for a Parisian style French Bistro, Merivale should be congratulated for being able to replicate the same in Ash Street, Sydney. The notable wine list is a bible to wine enthusiasts. Staff were delightful as was the cruisine. Guest enjoyed the spatchcock and lamb rumb (served a little rare). Portion sizes were plentiful and apportionate to the prices. A must try before a performance at the recital hall. It will truely compliment your evening!

Sassi Cucina + Bar

Port Douglas

Rachael dined on Fri, 28th Sep 2018 (10)

Brilliant and a “must try” are the only words that should be used for this restaurant. Service was fantastic; wine list brilliant and not at all expensive. Guests enjoyed the Barramundi which I understand is the signature dish. We were not at all disappoint. Don’t leave Port Douglas without trying.

Long Chim Sydney

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Tue, 18th Sep 2018 (10)

Guests enjoyed the swimmer crab and pork (which just quietly is a must try) accompanied by a reasonably priced shiraz from the Margaret River. Buzzing street food atmosphere ideal for parties or groups of like minded friends.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 (10)

Hayes Street Bistro is always a reliable local choice after a busy working week. Service was outstanding as was the Chicken Limone with fresh lemon juice; rosemary; caramalised garlic and roasted vegetables for all of $25. Complimentary bread and salad, made the evening truly valuable. A must try for locals and their guests!

Aristotle's Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 (10)

Great to see this neighbourhood gem full to overflowing on a Monday night and a familiar Australian Test Cricketer as our host for the evening. Our guests enjoyed the Lamb Mossarka and John Dory. Noticable Greek wine list fairly priced. A must try!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 5th Sep 2018 (10)

Great to see Hayes Street Bistro enjoying a good turn out of patrons mid-week. Given I was hosting another business meeting, our seating was carefully chosen as our discussions included sensitive information not to be overhead by others. The resturant was extremely accomodating in this respect. Truffle butter this evening accompanied the complimentary freshly baked bread. The wagu beef and organic lamb cutlet with complimentary garden salad was enjoyed by all.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Thu, 30th Aug 2018 (10)

This time I invited neighbor hood family friends of twenty plus years. It was great to see Hayes Street Bistro full to overflowing for a Thursday evening with a "buzzing" atmosphere. Organic Lamb Cutlet (of cause), John Dory and Brisket enjoyed by all! Ps. being so close to Neutral Bay Ferry Wharf, this neighborhood gem is worth crossing the harbor for.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 28th Aug 2018 (10)

Again I was confident enough with Hayes Street Bistro to provide business entertaining for one of my "out of town clients". Even he was both impressed and delighted with the quality of the food and the service and again the price! Organic Lamb Cutlet was enjoyed by both. Feedback from my client, not once but twice, the words "this is sensational!"

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 25th Aug 2018 (10)

Delightful neighborhood gem which I was confident enough to invite my most important clients to. Even they were delighted by the quality if the food and service and more importantly the price! Signature lamb cutlet, John Dory entree and dessert for $35 per head (excluding wines) were enjoyed by all.

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 5th Aug 2018 (10)

Great location, service and ambiance for a Sunday Ladies High Tea.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Thu, 2nd Aug 2018 (10)

Hayes Street Bistro is no doubt a neighborhood gem for the locals who should at least patronize this delightful bistro, if not once a month, once a week! I do all my entertaining here, mainly with family and friends. You can never go past ordering the organic lamb cutlet. In my opinion it is the bistro's signature dish and an absolute treat!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 29th Jul 2018 (10)

The host is an absolute delight and a credit to the Flavor of Goa. I could not believe the quality of the dishes we ordered and the price we were charged. Locals should patronize this neighborhood gem if not once a month, once a week!

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sat, 28th Jul 2018 (10)

Such delicate flavors in these carefully nurtured and sensational food creations. Plage is an absolute find for dining. Locals should at least patronize this restaurant once a month if not once a week!

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 22nd Jul 2018 (10)

Great for High Tea with the ladies! Service second to none. We will consider our next standup cocktail party at the venue.

Dc's Restaurant

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 23rd May 2018 (10)

1 of 2 restaurants in Mosman that are absolute neighbourhood gems. Both menu and service are second to none. Again well done!

Zaaffran

Darling Harbour

Rachael dined on Fri, 18th May 2018 (5)

We ordered the $65 seafood degustation, knowing we were entitled to a 50 percent discount. We were so pleased we got the discount as we didn’t this it was worth $65 per head. Sorry! :(

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Fri, 27th Apr 2018 (10)

This neighbourhood gem is a must: pre-theatre or unique experience. Australian contemporary, with French and Asian fused so carefully created and explained. Neil Perry and Kylie Kwong take note!

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Wed, 25th Apr 2018 (3)

My husband and I booked the $39 set menu with 50 percent off beverages. The Zuchini flowers were the worst we have ever had. My Lamb Ravioli was enjoyable, no complaints, however my husbands Linguini with Queensland prawns, well let’s say he may as well have been given a plate of spaghetti. Extremely noisy evironmebt with concrete floors; tiled walls and high ceilings so great for parties and groups! Very disappointing given we have tried other Fratelli’s and they have been reliable.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 24th Apr 2018 (10)

The organic lamb cutlet is this neighbourhood gems signature dish. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Corkage $10 a bottle, not $15 per bottle as previously reviewed. Hayes Street Bistro 11/10 again!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Fri, 20th Apr 2018 (10)

Fantastic neighbour hood gem. Great menu. Duck and organic lamb cutlet definitely worth trying. Corksge a little on the high side at $15 per bottle, but then again you get to bring your own bottle!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 15th Apr 2018 (10)

A great place for "cheap" yet enjoyable dining. The service was very good with complimentary value adds. We'll be back!

RAKU

Canberra

Rachael dined on Sat, 7th Apr 2018 (10)

The best Japanese I have had in a very long time. The $40 Express Lunch is a must try. Very good value and the quality of the dishes are second to none.

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 28th Mar 2018 (10)

10/10. Remember to familiarise the staff with your Dimmi redemption prior to dining.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Tue, 27th Mar 2018 (10)

Best Sparkling Wine Tasting ever! I have travelled to Epernay (champagne region in France) and never had I had a champagne tasting experience like this one. Very well priced with generous tastings. The champagne expert was extremely knowledgeable. Well done Barrel Bar!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 (10)

Always reliable! Thank you again!

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 (10)

The best high tea service on the Lower North Shore.

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 14th Mar 2018 (10)

BYO Wednesday nights are the best evenings to go. Otherwise you are paying $125 for a Scarborough Chardonnay! As Wednesday evenings are clearly popular, make sure you bring your hearing aids. With timber floors; high ceilings and tiled table it made it very difficult for conversation. Also, reception are now familiar with the Dimmi redemption program, however make sure you remind them of this when asked to confirm your booking.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 3rd Mar 2018 (10)

This neighbourhood gem was not surprisingly a full house last night due to it’s growing popularity with locals and also “out of towners”. Value went beyond expectation with complimentary freshly baked bread and signature butter and a sweetly dressed salad of mixed greens; tomatoes and Spanish red onion to compliment our spatchcock and pork rack with cherry mains. Put this one on your bucket list!

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 25th Feb 2018 (10)

High Tea Service second to none! Well done!

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Wed, 14th Feb 2018 (10)

Superb Valentines Day Degustation.! The wines complimented the dishes beautifully! Thank you Barrel Bar for making our Valentines Day the best ever!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 11th Feb 2018 (10)

Absolute Neighbourhood Gem. Probably one of the best Indian Restaurants I have tried after Aki (Woolloomooloo) and Zaffron (Darling Harbour). You must try their Fish Tikka and Lamb Korma. Service was charming and second to none. Well done.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 31st Jan 2018 (10)

Organic Lamb Cutlet is devine! They have culled the old menu, keeping the degustation; three course set and the most popular favourites on the A-La-Carte which is better when reading the menu.

The Curry Door

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sat, 13th Jan 2018 (10)

Young lady that served us. Very sweet but still requires a lot of training. For example, when I asked to take one of my dishes away I literally had to pack it myself!

Chiosco by Ormeggio

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 (10)

11.30am start and out by 1.45pm was a bit strict otherwise 10/10.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 (10)

Fantastic neighbourhood gem. My husband and I like to patronise this restaurant at least once a month because we would like to see it succeed and be around for a long time to come.

La Mint

Darlinghurst

Rachael dined on Thu, 21st Dec 2017 (6)

Make sure you take a big group so you can order more plates for sharing.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 (7)

Food too salty and the staff kept wanting to take my food away when I had not finished my meal.

Aristotle's Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 21st Oct 2017 (10)

Ticked all the boxes! Highly recommended neighbour hood gem.

Kobe Jones Sydney

Darling Harbour

Rachael dined on Tue, 17th Oct 2017 (10)

Had to cancel even though I had confirmed my reservation an hour before hand. Most accomodating.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 (10)

Fabulous service and fabulous food with International influence. Picture yourself alfresco dining in Italy!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 26th Sep 2017 (10)

Fifty percent discount on degustation menu does not include BYO. If you wish to BYO it is $75 per person.