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Two of my favourite sydney restaurants at the moment are:

Bentley in Surrey Hills
http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydn...aurant_bar.htm

Fix St James
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Both have great wine lists, really different from the norm and also both have great menu's lots of variety and really clever size dishes.

Thoroughly recommend them both.

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Went to The Boathouse last weekend in Glebe, Sydney.

Great location and decor, but would really excel in summer during the day or early evening.

The food was excellent but pricey as expected. Mostly seafood. The service was good with lots of little touches.

The clientele are generally quite conservative, kinda North-Shore rugby types and rich accountants.

I prefer something like the Icebergs as its a bit less formal and more relaxing.
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^Are you talking about the restaurant at Blackwattle Bay? I live right near there, been meaning to go for a while.

Last night we went to Darbar Indian on Glebe Pt Rd. Some of the best curry Ive had, including the ones I ate in London. For entree we shared Lamb mince rice pancakes - they came with an assortment of dips/spice. For the main we ordered Butter Chicken (which is supposed to be the best in Sydney ro something) - was really good, but a tad bit sweet. We also ordered lamb shanks which were amazing! The lamb was so tender and the curry walked the perfect line of spice and heat without going overboard. Had rice and plain and garlic naan to go with and Kingfisher beer.

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The restaurant is in this cave like room and the best bit is we were seated next to eachother on this cushioned bench. I hate when we go out to dinner and are placed at opposite ends of the table a million miles from eachother.
Also it was in the Entertainment book and we got %25 off - bargain!
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Went to The Boathouse last weekend in Glebe, Sydney.

Great location and decor, but would really excel in summer during the day or early evening.

The food was excellent but pricey as expected. Mostly seafood. The service was good with lots of little touches.

The clientele are generally quite conservative, kinda North-Shore rugby types and rich accountants.

I went to the Boathouse last night for my Mum's 50th. I had the famous Snapper Pie and have to say it really did live up to expectations. The service was first class and the wine list varied and interesting.

Very expensive but recommended.

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Two of my favourite sydney restaurants at the moment are:

Bentley in Surrey Hills
http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydn...aurant_bar.htm

Fix St James
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http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney/fix_st_james.htm

Both have great wine lists, really different from the norm and also both have great menu's lots of variety and really clever size dishes.

Thoroughly recommend them both.

I definitely agree with you about Bentley! I have had the degustation there a couple of times and both times were excellent. They have the sommielier of the year there so the wine is always matched perfectly!
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I definitely agree with you about Bentley! I have had the degustation there a couple of times and both times were excellent. They have the sommielier of the year there so the wine is always matched perfectly!

Good taste obviously

The other restaurant is actually owned by a bloke who used to be sommelier / wine manager for Forty one restaurant in Sydney and Bibendum in London, the wines there far outclassed my meagre knowledge.

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I've another one I just thought of.

In Newtown, Oscillate Wildly, amazing food, great service, BYO, & cheap.

The only downside is getting in there, I've foudn you need to book a fair bit in advance.

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A second for Oscillate Wildly. It's cosy, casual yet the food and service is still the standard of fine dining.

And for the price it's an absolute steal of an experience.

Any wonder it is booked so far ahead. You're looking at about a 3 month wait at the moment.

I stick up the long long thumb of that tallest man in China for this place. An absolute must do.

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Yes, I'll put my hand up for Oscillate Wildly. I went there a few weeks ago and the service was excellent and the food amazing...

I'm going to try my luck at booking a table there for sometime in the coming months..

Also I would like to reccommend Bazaar Bier Cafe in St Leonards for great Czech food and the most amazing Saffron & marscopone infused mash ever!
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the most amazing Saffron & marscopone infused mash ever!



WANT !!

p.s. i am definitely going to try Oscillate Wildly. i just read a few reviews and it's outrageously inexpensive. 50 for three courses.
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Yes, I'll put my hand up for Oscillate Wildly. I went there a few weeks ago and the service was excellent and the food amazing...

I'm going to try my luck at booking a table there for sometime in the coming months..

Also I would like to reccommend Bazaar Bier Cafe in St Leonards for great Czech food and the most amazing Saffron & marscopone infused mash ever!

that reminds me, i still have to check that Bazaar place out as I am just around the corner from there at work.
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WANT !!


http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydn..._beer_cafe.htm

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that reminds me, i still have to check that Bazaar place out as I am just around the corner from there at work.

oh yes, we had this conversation in a previous thread..

which reminds me.. I tried out 3 Gypsies and really enjoyed it
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oh yes, we had this conversation in a previous thread..

which reminds me.. I tried out 3 Gypsies and really enjoyed it

it is nice isn't it?

did the chick bring out more food than you ordered?
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No she didn't.. I was keeping an eye out for it as well.. There were only 3 of us eating, so it would have been easy to notice if there was more food on our table..

Also, I wanted to add, Newtons Cociana's for Mexican food.

and Maggios in Cammeray for Breakfast.

Also Aqua Dining in McMahons Point for dinner..
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I've another one I just thought of.

In Newtown, Oscillate Wildly, amazing food, great service, BYO, & cheap.

The only downside is getting in there, I've foudn you need to book a fair bit in advance.

I have been dying to go there! My bf is friends with the chefs there and I have heard nothing but praise about the place!

Having a boyfriend who is a chef (at Tetsuyas - I may as well gloat! :blush: ) it makes it hard to go out for dinner as he is always working and when he isn't most restaurants are closed.

Oh yeah, Tetsuyas is awesome! I took my bf there for our anniversary which was fortunately before he started working there! I did have to book 6 months in advance and it did cost a lot but it was amazing! My bf even thought it was flawless and he is the fussiest ever!
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Sounds like your bf is really really into fine food... and the creation of it Biz. Lucky you!

Dank Street Depot is another top recommendation from me.

I'd also suggest going with a group on one of their tasting plate nights so you get to try lots and lots of their yummy things. I went with about 8 people. I think we ordered about 8-10 dishes plus wine and the evening cost us about $70 each.

Every single thing there is ballisimo.

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Actually, Clayton (my bf) went to Dank Street Depot a couple of weeks ago with his mates for lunch and he said that it was good!
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Actually, Clayton (my bf) went to Dank Street Depot a couple of weeks ago with his mates for lunch and he said that it was good!

mmmm. they do an amazing melt in your mouth beef casserole type thing served with beetroot and ashed goats cheese which I stole from them and make something similar at home.



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my sister recommended Dank Street Depot as well.

looks like i need to go there too.

so much food. so little time.
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We will find the time Lanibears! With Garry leaving I am sure there will be less bending and more eating!

I have also heard good things about Foveaux (on Foveaux St Surry Hills), Sailors Thai (at the rocks) and Longrain.

Oh and we went to Sugaroom at Pyrmont for lunch a few weeks ago which was also really nice!
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They have this special boutique beer they sell in a gorgeous buddah shaped bottle designed by a famous Australian Designer (I forget who). They'll probably show it to you but if they don't, ask for it. Many people buy it just to take the bottle home.

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yesh i heard Foveaux and longrain are <3

my sister went to sailors thai and said it was nice but she didn't rave about it.

double dinner dates pls.

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I've another one I just thought of.

In Newtown, Oscillate Wildly, amazing food, great service, BYO, & cheap.

The only downside is getting in there, I've foudn you need to book a fair bit in advance.

Ross, who owns and runs Oscillate, is a mate of mine. We played soccer against each other for years! He's about to open another restaurant in Stanmore. Seafood focussed and a little less fine dining than Oscillate, and a bigger place too.
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[color=deeppink]Dank Street Depot is another top recommendation from me.

yeh, great place. Chris from High-Jinks used to work there. We put on a dinner/dance party there one Saturday night. Was great! Jared, the owner, was very accommodating.
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Gee, your really cool! Thanks for your relevant imput!

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onetallpoppy, I'm not sure what your agenda is, but please stop trying to derail this thread with your snide remarks.
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We've tried to go to Longrain before... unfortuantely they dont take bookings and when we arrived at just after 7 the place was packed with about 30 people waiting for tables a the bar, they advised a 2 hour wait. The drinks looked awesome there though!

Had the degustation a couple of months ago at a place called Pello in Darlinghurst, was quite spectacutlar.

The Malaya at Darling Harbour does amazing szechuan eggplant. and a great lychee cocktail. mmm

Went to Garfish at Kirribilli for brekky. I had a open faced spanner crab omlette, that had whole grape tomatos siting in it and my bf had cod brandade pikelet with poached egg and hollandaise. We both agreed one of the most unique breakfasts we had ever had.

Tried Bill and Tony's, my god the schnitzel was the size of the plate almost. And gotta love the free cordial.
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yeh, great place. Chris from High-Jinks used to work there. We put on a dinner/dance party there one Saturday night. Was great! Jared, the owner, was very accommodating.

Yeah I know. He was working when I was there which was a nice surprise.

Shame he's not there anymore.

I went with a bunch of mates but Sash is so sick of hearing about it we must go together one day.

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We've tried to go to Longrain before... unfortuantely they dont take bookings and when we arrived at just after 7 the place was packed with about 30 people waiting for tables a the bar, they advised a 2 hour wait. The drinks looked awesome there though!

Had the degustation a couple of months ago at a place called Pello in Darlinghurst, was quite spectacutlar.

The Malaya at Darling Harbour does amazing szechuan eggplant. and a great lychee cocktail. mmm

Went to Garfish at Kirribilli for brekky. I had a open faced spanner crab omlette, that had whole grape tomatos siting in it and my bf had cod brandade pikelet with poached egg and hollandaise. We both agreed one of the most unique breakfasts we had ever had.

Tried Bill and Tony's, my god the schnitzel was the size of the plate almost. And gotta love the free cordial.


My boss went to The Malaya recently and loved it!

I haven't been to Bill and Tony's in years and years! I can't even remember where it is?


My flatmate and I recently went to Makoto (sushi bar) on the cnr of Pitt and Liverpool and it was awesome! We walked out completely stuffed and didn't hold back in the expensive plates and it still was only about $50 all up.
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yeah the Malaya was good, it's frickn massive as well so it's a good option if you haven't booked anywhere.

Bill and Tony's is on Stanley St in Darlinghurst
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Personally I've always thought the Italian was more authentic at Cafe Giotto just a couple of doors up (or right next door) to Bill and Tony's.

Very keen to check out Makoto ASAP. Can you BYO there and/or are they licensed?

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Krafty - Not sure if it is BYO? The website is www.masuya.com.au. They have a few locations!

Is Bill and Tony's still dirt cheap?
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sugar room in pyrmont is good. cafe morso on jones bay wharf is good. assiette in surry hills is good. assiette have a really good degustation and wine list.
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Oh also a few more to add

Prime under the GPO - best steak every.. my mouth is watering just thinking about it

Bistro CBD - beautiful food and excellent service.. They had a monthly desert special of ice wine when I was there.. yumo

Flying Squirrel in Bondi - The lamb skewers are amazing and also the dessert platter is good. Its quite small so you will need to book.
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i can't say i am a fan of bistro cbd. i thought it was average and over priced for what they served.

i have loads of reviews to do and photos to post. reporting back soon.
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Lani - I have never known anyone to take as many picstures of their food as you do!
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i like to share.

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Krafty - Not sure if it is BYO? The website is www.masuya.com.au. They have a few locations!

Is Bill and Tony's still dirt cheap?

Yeah I've checked out their web site and couldn't find anything about alcomahol.

It's been about 8 years since I went to Bill and Tony's. Giotto was always cheaper and better I thought.

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it could be byo. i've never seen anyone drinking alcohol there.
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Went to Ortolan on the weekend , i was impressed, i would prefer to go on a weeknight next time as you can BYO and it wouldnt be such a wait for mains

http://www.smh.com.au/news/restauran...266753557.html


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onetallpoppy, I'm not sure what your agenda is, but please stop trying to derail this thread with your snide remarks.

wor governor, just dont wanna see this pretty little foroom go the way of general like with all them chit chat 'freds
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wor governor, just dont wanna see this pretty little foroom go the way of general like with all them chit chat 'freds

That's so far from the truth and you know it. All you want to do is single her out and you're being a snide rude little troll in the process.
Did you notice that other itmers (Spitchen and Krafty) happened to mention people they knew or are you too pre-occupied stalking Bizzy?
There is no need for any of your inane comments. The only person ruining this pretty little forum is you.
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she is simply proud of his achievements and wants to gloat a little. i see no harm in it.

if you find it so irritating all you need to do is block her and all her posts about her chef boyfriend will disappear.
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Dollbaby... that steak.. looking forward to more photos from your culinary escapades.


I don't know Bizzy personally but who cares if she mentions her boy/f in a few posts.. I wish my boy/f could cook!

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