20 Pine Gully Rd
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
(02) 6933 1523
(02) 6933 1524
Tue to Sat from 5:30pm
Lunch by appointment only
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9.5 Highly Recommended
Food 10 Ambience 9 Service 10 Value 9
We are a young professional couple who dine regularly at the Magpies Nest. We are well travelled food lovers and have eaten in great restaurants abroad and seem to make great finds on our regular trips to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. We are not review writers.
This restaurant is simply superb. We eat at the Magpies Nest for every special occasion and often for couldn't be bothered cooking last minute eat outs. We have attended Christmas parties here on a fairly regular basis and even had our wedding reception here. We have never had a bad meal in all of the times we have eaten there.
The county style exposed brick (now fashionable in most trendy Sydney hotspots) with tasteful rustic decorations sets the scene. The friendly, helping staff add to the experience and the food caps it off. I regularly have the duck and struggle to look past it each time, however, the steak with onion and mushrooms and exquisite jus, is a close second. My beloved religiously orders the pork with apple and pear and often little is said during the meal as we enjoy them so much.
It's the little things that make this restaurant so good. My wife can't eat dairy and often some tasty delight is always served as dessert, tonight the dairy free chocolate with nuts (sounds horrible to the regular chocolate eaters like me) was fantastic. The restaurant seems to go out of its way to help with things like this.
We enjoy other restaurants in Wagga Wagga but the Magpies Nest is our favourite. We hope that people are not dissuaded by the negative review which we read and were surprised about, because this restaurant is a must. See for yourself.
Feb 09, 2012
0 of 2 readers found the following review helpful
2 Not Recommended
Food 3 Ambience 2 Service 2 Value 1
I have little sense of what is actually in a Magpie's Nest but if it is expensive, cavernous, almost certainly frozen and devoid of any discernible atmosphere than those who do know will not be disappointed by Wagga's version. At prices that would be expensive by Sydney standards, this restaurant serves up food that would not survive for more than a few days in the competitive Sydney restaurant market.
The menu is not unintelligible because it is inspired by some schizophrenic conception of Modern Australian but because it is full of unnecessary misleading commentary on the dishes ("a selection of taste sensations ever changing!") and gratuitous exclamation marks ("one bread serves two!"). The wine list also battles and you are hard pressed to discover the particular vintage of the available wines.
The Spaghetti with a coddled egg ($29) was spaghetti with cheap romano cheese, a hard boiled egg and a few desultory baby spinach leaves. The Duck ($38) comes overcooked and under-crisped. Soggy skin and rock solid meat is hard to do with duck but the Magpies' Nest pulls it off. The potted chicken pie involves some overcooked chicken with a pie crust. It's fine. But it is $35. And it's a chicken pie. Admittedly it does come with the old RSL standard: a jacket potato with sour cream. As does the duck.
The highlight for us was the dessert cheese plate. Three relatively forgettable cheeses were accompanied by a couple of frozen strawberries and a mouldy, frozen-solid pear. When we pointed out to the staff that the pear was unusually cold we were simply informed that all the pears were that cold (i.e frozen).
There is little to redeem The Magpies Nest. The service was very ordinary and the food was even worse. If you are thinking about coming here for a special meal, don't bother.
Jun 13, 2011
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