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Zac's Great Food, Thornleigh

Restaurants, Afghani, Seafood, Steak House, Vegetarian

Overall 7.4  42

5.3 Average

Food  5      Ambience  6      Service  5      Value  5     


After dining here on a Saturday night, couldn't work out how this place was rated as high as it is. The water on the table tasted oddly like oil. We ordered the Afghani dishes off the menu. The Afghani dishes were few, compared to the online menu listings.

For entrees, we had the Aushak and Afghani crepes. They were passable, but didn't taste very fresh. For mains we ordered the lamb kofta and the goat korma, only to be told 15 minutes later that the goat korma was not available tonight. The replacement dish, the beef korma was terrible. The meat was very tough and stringy.

The salad, rice and naan accompaniment was no better than what you might get in a food court. We skipped the desserts and made a beeline out of there.

Nov 27, 2011

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Restaurants, Nepalese, BYO, Food Delivery, Licensed

Overall 7.9  114

7.8 Recommended

Food  8      Ambience  7      Service  8      Value  8     


We went here on a weeknight and it was quite busy. We had the Mustang Platter for entrée which was quite nice. Had the Mustang Lamb and the chicken curry which were good too. Dishes are fresh and simple.

Jun 17, 2009

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Adria Rybar & Grill, Darling Harbour

Restaurants, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Has Bar

Overall 5.4  64

4.8 Average

Food  4      Ambience  6      Service  6      Value  3     


Unfortunately, I can't recommend this place. For entrée, we had the grilled haloumi stack and the Cevapcicci, (seasoned lamb sausages), which were ok. For mains, we had the scotch fillet (ordered medium but was rather burnt). Paying $3.50 extra for a small dipping sauce, makes a mediocre steak, quite pricey. I had the lamb rump from the carvery ($25), which was unsatisfactory. Came with thick rinds of fat and little else.

Both dishes came with potatoes. As many would know, there are different potatoes for different uses. The potatoes we had were the cheap general purpose type, not for roasting. As a result they were cooked but grainy and hard inside and inedible.
To add insult, this place has the gall to charge a 10% surcharge on a Saturday (not just Sunday's and public holidays). We passed on the dessert menu and wandered next door to the Lindt cafe.

Jun 17, 2009

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Ottoman Cuisine, Dawes Point

Restaurants, Turkish, Licensed, Serves Dinner, Serves Lunch

Overall 7.8  110

8.5 Highly Recommended

Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  7      Value  9     


Went to Ottoman for a work function and thought it was worth coming back. We went back as a group of six (August 08) and had the Bosphorus menu on a Saturday night.

Our guests were all extremely impressed with the different dishes, which were all quite exquisite. Changes to the menu were done with a minimum of fuss. The wine list is very comprehensive too. This restaurant is far better than many places at The Rocks nearby. Whilst we didn't have seats by the window to enjoy the beautiful views up close, we all nevertheless enjoyed the evening.

The only small negative was our waitress, who was probably new and lacked knowledge of the various dishes. I hope that with the award of the one chef's hat, that this place continues to be a fine dining experience.

Jun 15, 2009

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Restaurants, Italian, Pizza, Hip and Trendy, BYO

Overall 6.4  39

4.3 Below Average

Food  2      Ambience  6      Service  6      Value  3     


Very ordinary pizzas from a very ordinary place. "gourmet" pizzas were nothing but very oily pizzas with slight different toppings. If this is the best pizza in the Hills then the bar has been set very low.

Feb 08, 2008

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Zac's Great Food, Thornleigh

Restaurants, Afghani, Seafood, Steak House, Vegetarian

Overall 7.4  42

5.3 Average

Food  5      Ambience  6      Service  5      Value  5     


After dining here on a Saturday night, couldn't work out how this place was rated as high as it is. The water on the table tasted oddly like oil. We ordered the Afghani dishes off the menu. The Afghani dishes were few, compared to the online menu listings.

For entrees, we had the Aushak and Afghani crepes. They were passable, but didn't taste very fresh. For mains we ordered the lamb kofta and the goat korma, only to be told 15 minutes later that the goat korma was not available tonight. The replacement dish, the beef korma was terrible. The meat was very tough and stringy.

The salad, rice and naan accompaniment was no better than what you might get in a food court. We skipped the desserts and made a beeline out of there.

Nov 27, 2011

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Restaurants, Nepalese, BYO, Food Delivery, Licensed

Overall 7.9  114

7.8 Recommended

Food  8      Ambience  7      Service  8      Value  8     


We went here on a weeknight and it was quite busy. We had the Mustang Platter for entrée which was quite nice. Had the Mustang Lamb and the chicken curry which were good too. Dishes are fresh and simple.

Jun 17, 2009

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Adria Rybar & Grill, Darling Harbour

Restaurants, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Has Bar

Overall 5.4  64

4.8 Average

Food  4      Ambience  6      Service  6      Value  3     


Unfortunately, I can't recommend this place. For entrée, we had the grilled haloumi stack and the Cevapcicci, (seasoned lamb sausages), which were ok. For mains, we had the scotch fillet (ordered medium but was rather burnt). Paying $3.50 extra for a small dipping sauce, makes a mediocre steak, quite pricey. I had the lamb rump from the carvery ($25), which was unsatisfactory. Came with thick rinds of fat and little else.

Both dishes came with potatoes. As many would know, there are different potatoes for different uses. The potatoes we had were the cheap general purpose type, not for roasting. As a result they were cooked but grainy and hard inside and inedible.
To add insult, this place has the gall to charge a 10% surcharge on a Saturday (not just Sunday's and public holidays). We passed on the dessert menu and wandered next door to the Lindt cafe.

Jun 17, 2009

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Ottoman Cuisine, Dawes Point

Restaurants, Turkish, Licensed, Serves Dinner, Serves Lunch

Overall 7.8  110

8.5 Highly Recommended

Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  7      Value  9     


Went to Ottoman for a work function and thought it was worth coming back. We went back as a group of six (August 08) and had the Bosphorus menu on a Saturday night.

Our guests were all extremely impressed with the different dishes, which were all quite exquisite. Changes to the menu were done with a minimum of fuss. The wine list is very comprehensive too. This restaurant is far better than many places at The Rocks nearby. Whilst we didn't have seats by the window to enjoy the beautiful views up close, we all nevertheless enjoyed the evening.

The only small negative was our waitress, who was probably new and lacked knowledge of the various dishes. I hope that with the award of the one chef's hat, that this place continues to be a fine dining experience.

Jun 15, 2009

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Restaurants, Italian, Pizza, Hip and Trendy, BYO

Overall 6.4  39

4.3 Below Average

Food  2      Ambience  6      Service  6      Value  3     


Very ordinary pizzas from a very ordinary place. "gourmet" pizzas were nothing but very oily pizzas with slight different toppings. If this is the best pizza in the Hills then the bar has been set very low.

Feb 08, 2008

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Pier, The, Port Melbourne

Restaurants, Modern Australian, Licensed, Outdoor Dining, Serves Dinner

Overall 6.7  7

5 Average

Food  3      Ambience  6      Service  7      Value  4     


Been here several times and have found the food to be hit and miss (all miss of late). Found the food bland and didn't appear to taste with fresh ingredients.

Oct 12, 2007

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Campari, Port Melbourne

Restaurants, Mediterranean, Has Bar, Licensed, Outdoor Dining

Overall 6.9  21

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful

4.8 Average

Food  6      Ambience  7      Service  2      Value  4     


After eating here several times, have to concur with the previous reviews that the service is poor. We found the food pricey and the food really not that exceptional. On the plus side, there is a broad range of dishes to choose from, which makes it good for groups and fussy eaters.

Oct 12, 2007

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Restaurants, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Family Dining, BYO

Overall 7.2  15

7.5 Recommended

Food  7      Ambience  8      Service  8      Value  7     


Have been here twice and the food is tasty and the dishes are quite unique. having said that the decor downstairs is pretty spartan, but there are many cultural items that give the place it's charm. We made the mistake of not bringing our wine, as the wine list is awful, made up of cheap undrinkable wines.

Oct 11, 2007

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Almazett Lebanese Restaurant, Caulfield North

Restaurants, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, BYO

Overall 8.7  17

9 Highly Recommended

Food  9      Ambience  9      Service  9      Value  9     


We went as a group of four and had the mezza (banquet). Have to say we were all very impressed with the overall quality and taste of the food. The service was good and best of all this restaurant is BYO, without corkage (a real rarity these days). Will definitely revisit.

Oct 11, 2007

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Restaurants, Asian, Indian, Pakistani, Vegetarian

Overall 8.2  14

8 Recommended

Food  8      Ambience  8      Service  8      Value  8     


Very good Indian food. The food was not too heavy, nor were the curries too saucy. We both thought the naan was some of the best we have had in Melbourne. The service was attentive, the wine list was extensive too. Definitely worth a second visit.

Apr 28, 2007

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