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Dale McMillan

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Street Eats Eatery

Perth CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 19th Dec 2018 (7)

Good enough to warrant a return visit. It’s a bit tricky to find so more signage might help.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Sat, 24th Nov 2018 (8)

Attentive, friendly service. A decent by-the-glass premium wine list and a very talented pastry chef. The savoury courses used to be a bit more inspired and refined. A cosy, quiet space.

Ester

Chippendale

Dale dined on Thu, 18th Oct 2018 (9)

Ester continues to be one of my favourite Sydney restaurants. The kitchen is humming, the dishes are all interesting and mouth wateringly delicious. Service is both warm and efficient and the space has a great vibe. So I will be back again and again.

Ester

Chippendale

Dale dined on Wed, 19th Sep 2018 (10)

In the face of stiff competition, Ester continues to be one of my favourite Sydney restaurants. It consistently exceeds expectations in every way on each visit. It’s still humming.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Sat, 11th Aug 2018 (8)

Loving the new menu format. And the wine list continues to fascinate.

The Precinct

East Victoria Park

Dale dined on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 (7)

The Precinct has the best chips on Albany Highway, hands down - light and fluffy inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside. The menu has something for everyone and the drinks list is good, too.

Thyme2

Brisbane

Dale dined on Sat, 28th Jul 2018 (8)

Thyme2 is renowned for its exceptional food and wine buffet offerings. The restaurant also has a concise a la carte option for the less hungry diner.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Fri, 27th Jul 2018 (8)

The premium wine list using Coravin is a welcome addition to the Privé experience. The kitchen's top-notch skills are evident, too.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Thu, 26th Jul 2018 (9)

Attentive service and exceptional food in an intimate space.

Nook by Niche

Leederville

Dale dined on Fri, 20th Jul 2018 (6)

We tried Nook by Niche during Restaurant Month. The venue is great for a party with a good drinks list but it’s not a food destination.

Cinnamon Vic Park

East Victoria Park

Dale dined on Sat, 14th Jul 2018 (7)

Super tasty curries and some good value buffet options are why Cinnamon is still a popular choice on the Albany Highway strip.

Daddy Long Legs Bar

East Victoria Park

Dale dined on Wed, 11th Jul 2018 (8)

We’d been meaning to check out Daddy Long Legs for ages. It’s got a great feel with distinctive personality, a delicious bar food menu and an extensive drinks list. The perfect place for an after-work drink or late night out with friends.

The Precinct

East Victoria Park

Dale dined on Tue, 10th Jul 2018 (7)

Precincts original chef is long gone and his Canadian influences are fading from the menu, but the Precinct still delivers a good all-round local dining experience. The menu is less adventurous but the wine list remains strong. The ambience is a winner.

Duende

Leederville

Dale dined on Fri, 25th May 2018 (8)

The pork belly was excellent and paired with great trimmings. We both really enjoyed the Portuguese tart with grilled strawberries and salted caramel. We also enjoyed the lentils beetroot and haloumi.

The Common

Margaret River

Dale dined on Thu, 5th Apr 2018 (5)

The featured local wine tasting and live music enhanced a fairly typical pub experience. The food was better than average and vegan and gluten free options appreciated.

Vasse Felix

Cowaramup

Dale dined on Wed, 4th Apr 2018 (9)

It was a delight to return to Vasse Felix. The journey down the long driveway heightens the sense of anticipation. As usual, service was excellent and the menu brilliant. The estate wine list is sufficient. Later, when a table on the balcony became available, our waiter enquired as to whether we'd like to move there - which of course we did, because there's nowhere better to soak up the idyllic setting of Vasse Felix on a warm Autumn afternoon than the restaurant balcony.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Wed, 28th Feb 2018 (8)

An intimate space with views over Anzac Square provide a suitable atmosphere in which to explore the wine list and enjoy the menu.

George's Meze

Subiaco

Dale dined on Fri, 9th Feb 2018 (6)

The alfresco area is delightful and the service pretty good. The food disappointed somewhat.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 16th Jan 2018 (8)

We returned to Heirloom again this week to try some different dishes to those we enjoyed last week and were pleased to find satisfaction across even more of the menu.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 10th Jan 2018 (8)

Heirloom has moved somewhat from its initial menu design by chef Pete Evans. Some of those dishes remain while others have been replaced by equally delicious dishes. The wine list remains concise and service friendly, if a little stretched when the restaurant is busy.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Mon, 8th Jan 2018 (9)

‘Must’ is as rock solid as ever, with beautiful produce expertly prepared and artfully presented; an always-interesting wine list and polite, efficient service.

Red Cabbage

South Perth

Dale dined on Fri, 22nd Dec 2017 (9)

We returned to Red Cabbage after something of an absence and were delighted to find that their commitment to great produce and flavours still shines bright. Service was perfunctory at times but our overall experience was pleasing. We’ll be back.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Wed, 6th Dec 2017 (8)

An intimate space in the lobby of Brisbane’s Sofitel, the a la carte menu is akin to what you might find in a gastro pub.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Wed, 29th Nov 2017 (9)

Beautiful produce carefully prepared. Good service.

Camus Restaurant

Northcote

Dale dined on Thu, 28th Sep 2017 (10)

Wow, what a revelation Camus was! French. Algerian. It says so right there on the doors as you enter the on-trend but distinctive interior. The welcome and service in general is both friendly and professional. The wine list tantalising and the menu will immediately activate the saliva glands. The kitchen team brilliantly executed each dish and the flavours were revelatory. It's worth the journey to Northcote to experience the magic that is Camus.

Nomada Food & Wine

Fitzroy

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

Yum. Yum. Yum! Nomada' interior design is on trend, the service up with Melbourne's best but it's the food that really shines. There's not a misfire anywhere on the menu and the kitchen team executes it perfectly. If Nomada is your local, I'm envious! And I'll be back for more.

Jay's Masala Junction

East Victoria Park

Dale dined on Sun, 17th Sep 2017 (8)

You won't receive warmer, more genuine hospitality than at Jay's. Tasty food and a great BYO policy also make for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Prive 249

Brisbane

Dale dined on Thu, 14th Sep 2017 (6)

Having dined at Prive 249 before, my expectations were high. However, the restaurant appears to have repositioned itself - it is certainly not fine dining anymore, but rather upscale bistro. The deftness of touch and creativity has vacated the kitchen with competently cooked produce let down by uninspired presentation. Service was, well, woeful. Despite being less than half full, a finished course sat in front of me for perhaps 15 minutes and, once my glass of water was drunk, it was never refilled! These kind of oversights are inexcusable in such a restaurant. I'd be suggesting you take your dining dollars elsewhere; I was utterly underwhelmed.

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Magill

Dale dined on Fri, 25th Aug 2017 (10)

Magill Estate Restaurant is still creating exciting dining experiences with some super-special wine pairings you're just not going to get anywhere else.

Hannaford & Sachs

Middle River

Dale dined on Sun, 20th Aug 2017 (9)

The various incarnations of the Hannaford & Sachs experience can be summarised simply as: enchanting. This is extreme destination dining, reminiscent of Paul Iskov's Fervour dinners in W.A. We enjoyed the H&S Shearing Shed experience and, once through the hobbit-like entrance, the eclectic assortment of collectibles and artefacts is unexpected. But it quickly becomes apparent that the cooking is impressively cohesive, brilliantly showcasing the wonderful local ingredients. Hannaford & Sachs' awards are well justified and their dining experiences a must-do for any foodie passionate about locally-sourced produce. Congratulations to the H&S team.

Serafino McLaren Vale

Mclaren Vale

Dale dined on Sat, 19th Aug 2017 (6)

Service was friendly and the menu interesting. We particularly enjoyed the roasted cauliflower; the addition of preserved lemon really lifted this dish. However the large space was impersonal and uninteresting with a conference centre feel.

Maxwell Restaurant

Mclaren Vale

Dale dined on Sat, 19th Aug 2017 (9)

A personal welcome as soon as we walked through the door made for a great first impression. The 'Feed me' menu with matched wines (and mead) was a tour de force of big flavours, but they were deftly balanced. Combined with the panache of the floor team, this made for a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.

The Barn Bistro

Mclaren Vale

Dale dined on Fri, 18th Aug 2017 (8)

A good spot for a flavoursome meal and a good sample of local wines.

d'Arry's Verandah

Mclaren Vale

Dale dined on Fri, 18th Aug 2017 (10)

d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant is easily the best restaurant in the region. Except that it's clearly been hard won. Impeccable service that anticipates it's diners' needs, a powerhouse kitchen that runs like a Swiss watch putting up course after course of the region's best produce with finesse, flair and perfect flavour combinations. It's as close to a faultless fine-dining experience as you'll find anywhere in the country. We're looking forward to returning for the d'Arenberg Cube experience.

The Salopian Inn

Mclaren Vale

Dale dined on Thu, 17th Aug 2017 (10)

The Salopian Inn team has created an absolutely winning experience. The space feels intimate and inviting, service friendly and knowledgeable and interaction with the cellar a delight (the list is impressive). The kitchen draws heavily from its own garden, driving a focus on seasonal produce. Opt for the "Feed Me" menu and enjoy a tour de force of perfect flavour balances that doesn't miss a beat.

The Kitchen Door

Mclaren Vale

Dale dined on Thu, 17th Aug 2017 (8)

While the menu is enticing and the kitchen competent, it's front of house that really shines - making for a delightful experience in a lovely space with vineyard views.

West End Deli

West Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 18th May 2017 (8)

West End Deli is a great spot to catch up with friends or meet with business associates. The menu is uber-customisable and one of the many reasons it's a regular food destination for us.

Cantina 663

Mount Lawley

Dale dined on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 (8)

Authentic flavours from quality, seasonal ingredients complimented by an extensive wine list make Cantina 663 on of Mt Lawley's best cafes.

Cantina 663

Mount Lawley

Dale dined on Sat, 25th Mar 2017 (8)

Cantina 663 is well known for the way it showcases seasonal ingredients in tasty dishes. The gnocchi is another highlight and the wine list broad enough to satisfy mostly any taste. A great local diner.

West End Deli

West Perth

Dale dined on Fri, 24th Feb 2017 (8)

A good mixture of breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Each visit I'm always keen to see what iced tea creations they've come up with - they were cool and refreshing for the 40degree day I came in for a lunch meeting. We were eventually ready for our afternoon cuppa and continue our meeting, but it was unfortunately time to close up.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 2nd Feb 2017 (10)

Co-Op Dining continues to showcase some of Western Australia's finest seasonal produce, combining flavours and textures with canny deftness. Our ten-course dining experience was once again an absolute pleasure and one I'd highly recommend.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Tue, 31st Jan 2017 (8)

I love the daily specials that showcase seasonal ingredients along with the regular menu comprising many favourites that continue to shine. Service was excellent.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 26th Jan 2017 (8)

Heirloom is one of our faves and we keep coming back. The menu showcases some truly stunning produce, presented in delicious fashion. While it's sad to lose the lunch service, there are still plenty of reasons to dine at Heirloom of an evening.

Davvero! Caffe Cucina

Floreat

Dale dined on Wed, 18th Jan 2017 (7)

There are some tasty dishes on Davvero's menu and the Italian-focussed wine list is terrific.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Tue, 17th Jan 2017 (8)

The freshness and quality of the produce is evident and skilfuly handled.

Julio's

West Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 12th Jan 2017 (4)

The dining space is inviting would be just as great on a cold winter's night as on this particular summer's evening. Service was friendly and efficient. The charcuterie plate made a good first impression but both main courses disappointed in all respects. Dessert lifted the overall impression and the wine list is creditable.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Tue, 10th Jan 2017 (9)

A delicious showcase for some of WAs finest produce, both on the plate and in the glass. Presentation is not fussy but lets the ingredients speak for themselves.

Red Cabbage

South Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 15th Dec 2016 (9)

Red Cabbage has been at the forefront of Perth's fine dining scene for a number of years and we are always impressed, every visit.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Fri, 18th Nov 2016 (9)

Even after all these years, MUST is still at the forefront in showcasing the regions finest produce. Russell Blaikie's plating is contemporary but not showy - it's all about the quality of the food on the plate and every mouthful is delicious. Our standout dish was the Arkady lamb double cutlets with eggplant - spectacular! But ready, nothing disappoints at MUST. The wine list continues to evolve with many interesting new additions.

Africola

Adelaide

Dale dined on Tue, 8th Nov 2016 (9)

The friendly staff and distinctive fit out are the first indication of a good night ahead. The wine list is interesting and the menu lip-smackingly delicious. Regular menu and wine list changes along with consistently great service keeps the guests coming back.

Bistro Blackwood

Adelaide

Dale dined on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 (9)

A funky fit out and well-curated soundtrack. Mouth-wateringly good food and a diverse drinks list. Add friendly staff and you've got yourself a formula for a great dining experience. Blackwood is so on-trend.

Africola

Adelaide

Dale dined on Sat, 5th Nov 2016 (10)

The energy at Africola is palpable. From the moment you step through the door, you know you're going to have a brilliant evening. The food is mouth-wateringly good and the drinks list extensive enough for all tastes. We'll be back.

Restaurant Orana

Adelaide

Dale dined on Fri, 4th Nov 2016 (9)

Dining at Orana is a unique experience. An intimate space with friendly, knowledgable staff and a kitchen team at the forefront of showcasing indigenous ingredients. A special evening.

The Bridgewater Mill

Bridgewater

Dale dined on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 (9)

BWM is a unique venue that promises something special as soon as you enter the main dining space. No, scratch that - as soon as you first glimpse the historic building. The pace is decidedly relaxed, perfect to savour the incredible flavours that roll out on each plate. We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu; everything was so "on song". Service was well-judged and made for a most pleasant dining experience.

Penfolds Magill Estate Kitchen

Magill

Dale dined on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 (8)

What's not to love? A contemporary space, a delectable menu and extensive in-house wine list, views across the vineyard to the city (a reminder of what you've escaped!) and one of Australia's best cellar doors within easy reach.

Public

Brisbane

Dale dined on Mon, 17th Oct 2016 (9)

I dropped by Public for a late bite and glass of wine. Service was prompt and polite, the wine fascinating (Kaesler's Viognier) and the two (quite different) small plates delicious, deftly combining flavours and textures to the delight of this diner.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 21st Sep 2016 (8)

Heirloom is one of our more regular go-to restaurants in Perth due to the exceptional quality of its produce and always-delicious-yet-healthy menu. Disappointingly, service continues to be haphazard but it's a minor irritation that doesn't lessen the enjoyment of the Heirloom dining experience.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 20th Sep 2016 (9)

Restaurant Week has proven popular across Perth and Heirloom was much busier than usual. Nevertheless, service was attentive (well done, Riley) and the kitchen met the demand admirably. The food was, as always, thoroughly delicious and the quality of the produce really shone through.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 15th Sep 2016 (9)

We've dined at Heirloom a dozen or so times before and it's usually fairly quiet. Not so during Restaurant Week. As a result of the busyness, there were some minor disappointments - front of house, our drink order took 30 minutes to reach the table; from the kitchen, both first course dishes (Freo octopus, tiger prawns) were overcooked. However, after these minor stumbles, we settled in to a very enjoyable lunch. Special mention must go to our waitress, Riley, whose warm and attentive demeanour was the highlight of the meal. Closely followed by the food - the relatively new menu is chock full of tasty, healthy plates.

Wild Swan at Mandoon Estate

Caversham

Dale dined on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 (9)

Mandoon Estate Winery Restaurant is a real success. The fit-out is the first sign of a first class dining experience to come. The menu showcases indigenous ingredients; many inspired flavour and textual combinations make for some difficult choices for the diner! As one would expect, the wine list is estate-focussed. Service was generally above average - courteous and friendly - but our entire table sat with empty wine glasses for quite some time with no invitation to order more. Neither was there an offer of dessert wine with dessert. These struck me as out of character for a winery restaurant. Nevertheless, our overall experience was very positive and the stroll through the grounds afterwards was very pleasant.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sun, 28th Aug 2016 (8)

Chef Pete Evans' new menu has some beautiful new dishes (and retains some of the best of the previous menu). Service has improved, with friendlier, relaxed yet attentive service. The produce remains king, with premium organic ingredients making for memorable flavour bombs. And while such quality doesn't come cheap, it's definitely worth it.

Young George

East Fremantle

Dale dined on Sun, 7th Aug 2016 (7)

There are some really tasty dishes on Young George's menu and the atmosphere is convivial.

The Standard

Northbridge

Dale dined on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 (7)

Invariably bustling, The Standard offers hip indoor and outdoor spaces, full-flavoured food and a great drinks list to keep any group carousing the afternoon or evening away.

Public

Brisbane

Dale dined on Mon, 18th Jul 2016 (9)

Dining alone this evening, I enjoyed a warm welcome as well as the delicious food that followed from the kitchen. The highlight was the chocolate marquise with yuzu. Brilliant. The by-the-pour wine list was concise but well chosen. Public is one of my favourite Brisbane restaurants for casual fine dining. Everything works together to create an excellent dining experience.

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 1st Jul 2016 (9)

Fratelli Fresh consistently sources the finest produce and prepares them with care to showcase their truly delicious flavours. Inspired flavour and textural combinations and note-perfect cooking combined with efficient, courteous service guarantee a most satisfying dining experience every time.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 22nd Jun 2016 (10)

Without a hint of pretention, Co-Op Dining continues to brilliantly showcase Western Australia's fantastic organic, biodynamic produce as well as the creativity and talent of chef Kiren Mairwaring. The wine list is similarly thrilling - a carefully curated selection of gorgeous wines from (predominantly) regional producers. Add warm hospitality and it's clear why Co-Op Dining remains one of our favourite Perth fine diners.

The Standard

Northbridge

Dale dined on Fri, 3rd Jun 2016 (8)

Perhaps because of the Friday night bustle, there was no obvious greeting on arrival - I had to go hunting for a staff member and let them know I had a reservation. A mix up with the booking system meant that there was no table immediately available. This was addressed professionally and with minimal delay. Thereafter, service was better than average and the prix fixe theatre menu was innovative and all very tasty. The wine list is also well curated. After a shaky start, I left The Standard with a decidedly positive impression.

Sentinel Bar and Grill

Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 26th May 2016 (8)

Known for its quality steak, Sentinel is also capable of putting up some tasty seafood dishes. Great service.

Globe Cafe and Restaurant

South Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 18th May 2016 (6)

A good spot for brunch, with a lovely atrium out the front and a comprehensive menu at reasonable prices.

Public

Brisbane

Dale dined on Tue, 10th May 2016 (9)

Public maintains a high standard, with creative, quality food and friendly, efficient service; it's why I keep coming back. One of my favourite Brisbane restaurants.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 30th Mar 2016 (7)

We returned to Heirloom for Dimmi's "restaurant week" promotion. Overall, Heirloom wasn't as good as previous visits; some of the dishes were not as well executed as usual and some portion sizes seemed to have been reduced to reflect the restaurant week discount. Nevertheless, it was still a good dining experience - just not to it's usual above average standard. I hope this was an aberration. All my reviews from previous visits reflect a much better experience.

Grand Bar & Bistro

Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 (7)

A menu to please everyone. A concise but well-chosen wine list. Our pork belly skin was chewy rather than crunchy but the beef medallions were exquisite.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 (9)

Must is one of our favourites and we invited some international guests along this time. As we anticipated, our guests were impressed with the quality of the local produce - both the food and wine. Must's front-of-house staff continue to provide some of the best service in Perth.

nel restaurant

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Sat, 5th Mar 2016 (8)

Our first visit to nel. was overwhelmingly positive. The menu takes a journey from treacle to tandoori and back again. Only one dish (popcorn, beetroot, chicken, corn) seemed a bit confused but the rest were sensational. Standouts were "kingfish, tandoori, lobster, cucumber" and "mutton, buckwheat, nettle, asparagus". The somm. provided the perfect amount of information for each matched wine - the region and why the wine was selected for the food course - and matching two wines to a couple of the courses was a fun and interesting idea. Floor staff were great but I would encourage management to reconsider their dress code; it seemed more "suburban cafe" than "inner city, on-trend fine diner" and created a mixed message about what the restaurant was trying to achieve.

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Dale dined on Sat, 5th Mar 2016 (10)

It was wonderful to return to Sixpenny after too-long an absence. This is a place that just works so well. Floor staff exude genuine warmth and hospitality; the kitchen team take obvious pride in the provenance of, and respect for, their ingredients and the results are exquisite. Congratulations once again to all for creating such a satisfying dining experience.

Woodland House

Prahran

Dale dined on Wed, 2nd Mar 2016 (10)

Congratulations to the Woodland House team on a superb dining experience. Woodland House's new menu comprises so many brilliant flavour and textural combinations, using only the finest ingredients, that it's nearly impossible to choose a favourite course. Nevertheless, special mention must go to the "rock flathead, puffed quinoa, toasted corn, pickled cucumber", the "kangaroo, grilled kohlrabi, quandong and native fruits" and the "fig leaf and smoked coconut sorbet, candied ginger, wild fennel". Service is warm and attentive and the atmosphere is unrivalled.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 1st Mar 2016 (9)

A most civilised way to pass a couple of hours.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 1st Mar 2016 (10)

One of Melbourne's best breakfast locations.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sat, 13th Feb 2016 (9)

The finest ingredients. Beautifully prepared and presented. Healthy. Tasty. We've dined at Heirloom Perth many times and this was one of their finest performances. The food was exquisitely cooked - the fillet steak to utter perfection. Service was better than normal, so special mention must go to our waitress, Anu.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sun, 7th Feb 2016 (9)

Service was better that usual this evening, the kitchen as efficient as ever. The food, of course, never disappoint. We brought a friend who is just starting out on her Paleo journey and she loved the experience so much that she's planning to return with her husband in tow!

Woodland House

Prahran

Dale dined on Wed, 27th Jan 2016 (10)

The Woodland House team is really getting into its stride. The current menu deftly showcases skill and restraint in equal measure. The wine list is intoxicating, with more than a few really interesting finds on the "by-the-pour" offering. Service and the stately venue round out a proper fine-dining experience.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sun, 24th Jan 2016 (8)

The service this evening was above average, the food delicious and the atmosphere most congenial. We particularly enjoyed sampling the wine list.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Fri, 22nd Jan 2016 (10)

The new summer menu is a delight and, as usual, it was hard to pick a favourite course - the competition is stiff! The wine list is always interesting and the service warm and friendly. Warmest congratulations to the absent owners on the recent arrival of their first baby!

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 19th Jan 2016 (9)

The Heirloom menu is wall-to-wall tasty healthfulness. There are so many delicious choices! The kitchen is efficient, too, so if you're on a deadline to get back to work or see a show, no problem.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 15th Jan 2016 (9)

Taxi Kitchen probably has the best restaurant views in Melbourne, rivalling even Vue de Monde. Perched atop all the action of Federation Square with unrivalled views of the Arts Precinct, the Yarra River, Flinders Street Station and the city skyline, there is no better place to enjoy expertly-prepared and presented, modern Australian cuisine.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 13th Jan 2016 (9)

Consistently delicious, healthy menu options with exceptional quality ingredients from an efficient kitchen. Service can be somewhat perfunctory.

Luxembourg

St Kilda

Dale dined on Thu, 24th Dec 2015 (9)

The team at Luxembourg execute a first-rate dining experience. The Chef's Selection is a culinary delight from first to final course and the wine list is well-equipped to accompany it. Staff are genuinely lovely, making for a terrific dining experience. p.s. Be sure to finish with a canelé. Yum!

Luxembourg

St Kilda

Dale dined on Thu, 24th Dec 2015 (10)

This was my first visit to Luxembourg but it won't be my last. I was really impressed - the whole experience was exceptional.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Fri, 18th Dec 2015 (10)

Cutler &Co. is impeccable in every respect. Interior design? Impeccable. Service? Faultless. Menu? Tantalising. Plating? Tick. Wine list? You get the idea. Cutler & Co. is justifiably one of Australia's top ten restaurants. Congratulations to the entire team for an outstanding 2015; we're looking forward to what you'll do in 2016!

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Mon, 14th Dec 2015 (9)

The best quality ingredients expertly prepared in Heirloom's kitchen and presented beautifully. A healthy, creative menu with so many tantalising choices. Heirloom is the kind of restaurant that one can return to again and again.

Bistro des Artistes

Subiaco

Dale dined on Sat, 12th Dec 2015 (7)

One of Perth's most appropriately chosen and fitted-out venues, Bistro des Artistes oozes Parisian charm. The menu is classical French and deftly executed by the kitchen team. Menu presentation could be improved; the photocopied pages come across as rather tacky. We enjoyed the $79 three-course dinner menu. It was delicious. It could be improved by offering a choice of salad or seasonal vegetables to accompany the main course - or at least let diners know that it's not included. And then there's the steep prices, that can likely be attributed to the outrageous Subiaco rent rates.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 10th Dec 2015 (9)

The salmon tartare was delicious and the other items we ordered were also excellent. Service was better than usual, thanks to our waitress, "Maz".

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sat, 5th Dec 2015 (9)

Chef Pete Evans' menu is deftly executed by Heirloom's chef and results in so many delicious, healthy menu items you'll need to return more than once to enjoy them all.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 3rd Dec 2015 (9)

The menu may appear pricey but remember that the kitchen sources only the best organic / grass-fed / free-range produce available.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 1st Dec 2015 (9)

Pei Modern's pork and fennel breakfast sausages are arguably the finest in Melbourne. My experience was let down somewhat by less-than-attentive service - quite uncharacteristic for Pei Melbourne.

E'cco Bistro

Brisbane

Dale dined on Fri, 20th Nov 2015 (8)

The fit out is very businesslike yet the space is cosy enough for an intimate date. The current tasting menu has a middle-eastern influence, however the execution is obviously fine dining (compared to, say, Gerard's Bistro, which is definitely more bistronomy).

St Michael 6003

Highgate

Dale dined on Wed, 11th Nov 2015 (8)

The former Jacksons formal fine diner has been transformed into a pared-back, contemporary dining space. The menu selections presents guests with a good number dining options and the wine list is appropriate. The skill in the kitchen is obvious on the plate. Only the service let down the overall experience; it was efficient but completely lacked warmth and personality.

Public

Brisbane

Dale dined on Thu, 5th Nov 2015 (9)

A stimulating space and friendly service combine with the carefully curated Menu of Deliciousness to make dining at Public Brisbane a winning dining experience. Best experienced with a group of friends or business associates to make the most of the shared-menu philosophy.

Lee Ho Fook

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 30th Oct 2015 (9)

Lee Ho Fook offers a brilliantly reimagined take on Chinese food. The space is perfect, the service epitomises the best that Melbourne has to offer and the menu is a wonderful exploration of flavours and textures created from beautiful ingredients. A place to keep coming back to.

Brika

Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 28th Oct 2015 (7)

Tasty food, with our octopus and pork belly cooked just right. The wine was too warm (blurgh) and service was confused - several times, one waitress asked whether we'd like to order, despite having just placed an order with a different waitress. The venue is in a great spot and food arrived quickly, making this a good choice for groups / parties.

Circa The Prince

St Kilda

Dale dined on Mon, 19th Oct 2015 (9)

Executive Chef Ashly Hicks and team continue to produce some really interesting fare at Circa. The interior design of the various spaces is bang on target and service is as professional as one expects of Melbourne's best restaurants.

Cafe Paci

Darlinghurst

Dale dined on Tue, 13th Oct 2015 (10)

I'm glad this pop-up restaurant has stayed open as long as it has, stretching the definition of "pop-up" in the process. While the space still has that edgy feel, the service has always been top notch and Pasi Petanen's menu has quickly grown into something really special.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Sun, 11th Oct 2015 (10)

Just a quiet Sunday night in Fitzroy so, of course, Cutler & Co was in full swing. With almost a full house, service was as polite and efficient as ever and the kitchen maintained an impressive pace while managing to look completely at ease. This is a well-oiled team at the peak of Australia's fine dining scene. It's well worth experiencing.

Millbrook Winery Restaurant

Jarrahdale

Dale dined on Fri, 2nd Oct 2015 (8)

The restaurant and cellar door has a beautiful aspect over the vines and valley but also feels quite cavernous due to the lofty ceilings - it's not an intimate venue. The menu has something for everyone, as does the wine list. Service can be patchy but the overall experience is positive.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 1st Oct 2015 (9)

While the "Eat Pei Quick" options represent delicious value, if you're not in a rush, "Pei's Choice" is always an excellent sampling from the menu. The Clarence River Prawn Tartare & Green Rice Cracker is superb, as is the Intercostals, Nettle & Kalette. It's a well-contrived menu ably helped by professional service and a very pleasant location.

Woodland House

Prahran

Dale dined on Tue, 29th Sep 2015 (10)

A high wall that gives nothing away, then a driveway that reveals the softly-lit historic building. Glimpses of the inviting courtyard garden. Dining spaces that manage to be at once both intimate and grand. The floor staff are more formal than most in Melbourne (perhaps more formal, even, than Vue de Monde) but it's entirely appropriate and it all shapes a wonderful sense of occasion. Woodland House is a truly memorable dining experience. If I could score service more than '10' I would have (with special mention to the somm.). Not at all intrusive, just a genuine desire to ensure even a solo diner enjoys the best possible experience. Would you like some reading material? Are you happy with the pace of things this evening? I can offer you some wines from our tasting selection that aren't on the (by the glass) menu... This is an extremely competent front-of-house team. The same talent is evident in the kitchen. Ten courses and not one mis-step - the current menu is on song from first to last. These are flavour and texture combinations that hit all the right notes for me. It was, quite possibly, my most enjoyable foodie experience since Brae. Congratulations to the Woodlands House team: you've made something very special.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 23rd Sep 2015 (9)

Courteous, professional service and an excellent breakfast menu make Pei Modern one of Melbourne's best business breakfasts. Quite out of character, particularly as the restaurant was quiet, my breakfast arrived without the side order I had requested. Staff were apologetic when I followed it up, filled the order as quickly as possible and deducted the cost of the side order from my bill. Even when they make an honest mistake, their customer service exceeds expectations. I'll be back.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Fri, 18th Sep 2015 (10)

How can any restaurant stay at the top of its game for as long as Cutler & Co. has? Today, I found out. As a semi-regular, out-of-town visitor to Cutler & Co., I was greeted by name and advised that they'd made some changes to the menu for me, to "keep things interesting". The whole team at Cutler & Co. is obviously seriously committed to excellence and continual improvement. It's the kind of restaurant that keeps you coming back, even after they've taken your favourite dessert off the menu with little chance of it ever returning. And, from me, that is a lofty recommendation indeed.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Fri, 4th Sep 2015 (9)

The chefs selection is, as always, a delight. The highlight this time was the Spring vegetable salad, fromage blanc, salt baked celeriac - exquisite. The champagne chiboust, rhubarb & hibiscus was very good but didn't really compensate for the removal from the menu of the whipped ricotta cake. That was one of the best desserts I've ever enjoyed anywhere. Please, please, please, bring it back.

Petite Mort

Shenton Park

Dale dined on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 (8)

Petit Mort is without doubt a fine-dining establishment. The tasting menus are delicious with obvious competence demonstrated by the kitchen. The wine list offers an interesting selection from well-known and lesser-known wineries. But Petit Mort is not consistently a fine-dining experience: the menu and wine list are both presented in page after page of plastic sleeves more reminiscent of a roadhouse diner than a fine dining restaurant. The absence of a matched wine flight to complement the tasting menus was also surprising. These were minor black marks to an otherwise very pleasant experience.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Fri, 28th Aug 2015 (10)

It's such a pleasure to walk into Cutler & Co, to see the chefs busily preparing what is guaranteed to be an exceptional dining experience; to then be welcomed by the supremely-competent floor staff and seated in a dining room that just oozes a cool, sophisticated ambience. That's just for starters and it all works brilliantly to highlight the menu and wine list on offer. Cutler & Co. is a first class dining experience.

Luxembourg

St Kilda

Dale dined on Thu, 27th Aug 2015 (10)

I'd like to think I'd find Luxembourg off a narrow side street in Paris. A couple of rather discreet neon sigsn is all that signals its presence. Come inside and there's no clamour, just the hum of conversation alongside an unobtrusive soundtrack. The wine list is extensive and I was a little disappointed there weren't correspondingly more options by the glass - perhaps a moot point, because all the suggested wine matches worked wonderfully well. The brief descriptions on the menu didn't give much away but there are some truly wonderful gems to be enjoyed. Highlights included the sea bream sashimi with ginger dressing and toasted seaweed, a flawless symphony of flavour and texture; the hay-baked carrot with fromage blanc and walnut; the Mille-feuille with crème diplomat and mandarin. Special mention goes to the truffled coulommiers - what a treat! Luxembourg quietly impresses without making a fuss.

Asana

Brisbane CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 21st Aug 2015 (7)

The produce is first class and the menu, while not extensive, is well rounded (there is some overlap with Pete Evans' Heirloom menus). The chef executes the menu with obvious competence. The main downside to Asana is the fit out. The space still bears obvious signs of its past life as a cafe but the shiny kitchen and general fit out says "serious restaurant". It's confusing. Nevertheless, in the end it comes down to the food and there's no confusion there. It is unambiguously outstanding.

Gerard's Bistro

Fortitude Valley

Dale dined on Thu, 20th Aug 2015 (8)

The GB menu is bursting with so many mouth-watering dishes it's tough to narrow it down, so come with friends and order to share. Flavours are satisfying and some of the combinations are really exciting. The wine list is sufficiently broad as to satisfy most matches. All in all, Gerard's Bistro is a pretty slick package. The fit out immediately impresses; staff are efficient, friendly and helpful. The relentless bass-heavy soundtrack is the only annoyance.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 18th Aug 2015 (8)

Punch Lane has been around for more nearly two decades and it's clear to see why. A cosy atmosphere, friendly staff are just the start. The wine list is extensive with a lot of real gems from well-known and barely-known vineyards alike. But don't be fooled into thinking that Punch Lane is all about the wine - the kitchen team have built an excellent menu and bring it to life admirably. A great location to while away an afternoon or evening (or both!) enjoying wonderful food and wine.

Circa The Prince

St Kilda

Dale dined on Mon, 10th Aug 2015 (9)

Circa, under head chef Ashly Hicks, continues to delight diners who make the short journey south of the CBD to that most quintessential Melbourne suburb, St Kilda. The interior design is timeless and conveys the promise of a memorable dining experience to come. The main dining area is flood with sunlight at lunchtime, a reminder that the beach is not far away. The menu does not disappoint and service is exceptional, even by Melbourne's lofty standards. Certainly worth a visit.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Sat, 8th Aug 2015 (9)

A menu that changes regularly to make the most of seasonal produce and is flush with inspired combinations of flavours and textures; a wide-ranging wine list that also includes a generous and frequently-changing by-the-glass offering; a modern bistro feel with closely-spaced tables. Must Wine Bar offers casual dining of the highest standard.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Fri, 7th Aug 2015 (10)

Cutler & Co. has been at the top of Melbourne's world-class dining scene for years now and shows no sign of fading away. To step through the one-way mirrored entrance of Cutler & Co. is to be embraced by an air of quiet sophistication. The kitchen team work industriously around the oddly-appropriate operating theatre lamp. It's a hint of the distinct character of the place. Situated at the far end of the dining room is a modest tree fern - the transition from the Gertrude Street bustle to the embrace of the interior is somewhat magical. It all just feels so... right. But the magic isn't limited to the decor. It extends to the ever-helpful floor staff who anticipate every request and, of course, to the food. Cutler & Co.'s current degustation menu contains plate after plate of understated brilliance, each course demonstrating an obvious mastery of flavour, texture and visual appeal. The menu is such a sensory thrill that I've returned to enjoy it twice in two weeks. Cutler & Co. is the real deal, the complete package, a place to truly delight diners.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Dale dined on Wed, 29th Jul 2015 (9)

Must dine at Must Wine Bar! The bistro menu is excellent and the wine list outstanding. Highlights of our meal included the pork jowl with parsnip cream, poached quince and hazelnuts; the slow cooked Arkady lamb neck with eggplant purée, sheets milk yoghurt and kale; and let's not forget the silky dark chocolate tart with poached rhubarb and raspberry sorbet. The only disappointments were lack of attention by wait staff to empty glasses and the table configuration in the bistro. If you're on table 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9, you can feel a bit shoehorned in if the even numbered tables are occupied.

Cutler & Co.

Fitzroy

Dale dined on Fri, 24th Jul 2015 (10)

Cutler & Co. continues to prove itself one of Melbourne's finest dining experiences. The space is inviting and intimate with quite a touch of personality. Whether you're at the bar watching the team of chefs work their magic or cocooned in the main dining area, the Cutler & Co. experience is special. The current menu selection offers plate after plate of understated brilliance. The wine list can't be faulted and service is, as you would expect, the epitome of Melbourne's hospitality profession.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 22nd Jul 2015 (9)

The team at Co-Op Dining continue to raise the bar. The current menu has many highlights with some brilliant wine pairings. What a wonderful showcase for some of Western Australia's best produce.

Solomon’s

Highgate

Dale dined on Fri, 17th Jul 2015 (8)

Fantastically tasty, healthful food that really nourishes and satisfies. Easily one of the best dining destinations on Beaufort Street, and perhaps one of the best in Perth.

No4 Blake Street

North Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 16th Jul 2015 (8)

Wonderful hospitality and some inspired wine matches complement the tasting menu. A lovely evening.

San Telmo

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 15th Jul 2015 (8)

There are some delicious items on San Telmo's menu. The wine list contains a wide selection from the New World, as you would expect. A great atmosphere rounds off a pleasant dining experience.

Cafe Paci

Darlinghurst

Dale dined on Fri, 3rd Jul 2015 (10)

Experience Cafe Paci while you still can! Cafe Paci is a truly unique restaurant - an award-winning, fine dining, pop-up. Pasi Petanen's food, influenced by his Finnish roots, is ever so satisfying. Service is top-notch with genuine warmth and the fit out works well. The Friday lunch menu represents good value but, to experience some of the most exciting dishes - and there are quite a few - choose the full menu or go for dinner and enjoy the ride.

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Dale dined on Thu, 2nd Jul 2015 (9)

There's an undeniable charm to Sixpenny. Take an understated, inner-west location, add a genuinely warm front-of-house team where "no worries" is completely appropriate alongside "sir" or "madam" and round it off with that inspired combination of ingredients from James Parry, Daniel Puskas and team: Sixpenny. The menu has some real highlights, of course, but that would be spoiling it.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 30th Jun 2015 (10)

Pei Modern provides an exceptional dining experience. Some highlights of the current menu include the sublime Clarence River Prawn Tartare & Green Rice Cracker, heavenly Charred Beetroots & Black Garlic, and sorrel sorbet with honeycomb and house cumquat. Bravo!

Mediterrani

Ascot

Dale dined on Thu, 25th Jun 2015 (7)

Surprisingly good fare and a wide menu selection all supported by efficient service makes for an enjoyable dining experience.

Tulip

Geelong West

Dale dined on Mon, 22nd Jun 2015 (8)

Tulip is one of the few good restaurants open on a Monday evening! Wait staff are friendly and helpful and the menu has many gems. Tulip clearly benefits from its association with more formal sister restaurant Gladioli.

The Argus Dining Room

Daylesford

Dale dined on Sat, 20th Jun 2015 (10)

Assured and confident, yet understated. These are the impressions one gets upon entering The Argus Dining Room. It is unequivocally a wonderful, semi-formal dining space. The food also reaches the same high standards. Our amuse bouche was superb and set the bar high for the dishes to come. The five course tasting menu we enjoyed for lunch was consistently delightful and amply rewarded our visit. There are a number of excellent restaurants in the Daylesford area but make sure you don't miss The Argus Dining Room.

Lake House

Daylesford

Dale dined on Fri, 19th Jun 2015 (10)

The Lake House sits assuredly in Australia's top 50 restaurants for good reason. The setting is first class (whether a convivial lunch by the lake by day, or an intimate dinner by night), service is exceptional and the kitchen runs like a fine-tuned machine, plating up dish after amazing dish of the best local and regional produce. This is hospitality at its finest.

Provenance (Beechworth)

Beechworth

Dale dined on Thu, 18th Jun 2015 (9)

A dining experience at Provenance amply rewards the journey to Beechworth. The current autumn menu is exceptional; in particular, the Chantenay carrot cooked in its own juice with dried beef crumble, raisin purée and yuba would have held its own in any of Australia's most esteemed restaurants. Similarly, the smoked wallaby with grilled lettuce, yoghurt, preserved lemon and karkalla was equally brilliant. Congratulations to the entire Provenance team for a first-class dining experience.

Oakridge

Coldstream

Dale dined on Thu, 18th Jun 2015 (6)

A lovely setting to sit and watch the clouds roll across the horizon, the vines ripen in the sun, and taste the wines on offer at Oakridge.

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Main Ridge

Dale dined on Wed, 17th Jun 2015 (10)

10X, as their wines are labelled, showcases the finest produce from local producers and further afield. Service is sharp, yet friendly, and the dining room is warm and intimate, with a wonderful outlook over the vines. The eight-course degustation menu with matched wines we enjoyed was classical in structure, modern in interpretation and delicious in consumption. Ten Minutes by Tractor is well worth the journey to the Mornington Peninsula.

No4 Blake Street

North Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 11th Jun 2015 (9)

A personal greeting by chef-owner Tom Randolph was an unexpectedly pleasant start to the evening. The seven-course menu was well-executed with several surprising, yet well-considered flavour combinations. No 4 Blake Street is a valuable part of Perth's dining scene and I hope it goes from strength to strength.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 10th Jun 2015 (9)

Healthy, delicious food beautifully prepared. Our group really enjoyed the Heirloom experience.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Fri, 22nd May 2015 (9)

The grazing menu at Heirloom is a very pleasant way to enjoy some of WAs finest produce respectfully and artfully prepared into a healthy menu. Very good indeed.

Public

Brisbane

Dale dined on Fri, 17th Apr 2015 (9)

So many delicious share plates from which to choose!

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 8th Apr 2015 (9)

This was our fourth visit to Heirloom and our first trying their "grazing lunch menu". At under $50 - and given the provenance of ingredients upon which Heirloom insists - the grazing menu is a generous amount of food at a reasonable price. Of course, the food was impeccably cooked and presented and front-of-house service has lifted noticeably.

Cafe di Stasio

St Kilda

Dale dined on Tue, 7th Apr 2015 (9)

The finest ingredients cooked simply and with respect. Front of house staff that are the epitome of superior service. Café di Stasio has been around for a long time yet continues to set the standard. Café di Stasio is justifiably a Melbourne food icon. Excellente!

Thyme2

Brisbane

Dale dined on Fri, 3rd Apr 2015 (6)

Thyme2's "Interactive Dining Experience" (a.k.a. "buffet") will appeal to most people. Staff are friendly and proactive. There is something for everyone.

Bomba

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 (8)

There are many tantalising offerings on the Bomba menu. I'll be back to enjoy more of them.

Next Door @ No4

North Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 25th Mar 2015 (8)

It's the middle of the week. A balmy 29 °C and there's not a cloud in the sky. Lunchtime. Al fresco dining at Next Door at No 4 is an excellent choice. Most tables are occupied; several couples and business associates, all appreciating the pleasant atmosphere. We opt for the "Taste the Chef" menu. It's a reminder that we should be dining at No 4 more often than we do.

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 17th Mar 2015 (9)

After more than six months' absence, I finally managed to return to Berta for one of their Tuesday Sagra dinners. I'm pleased to report that Berta has lost none of its energy and verve. Despite a new head chef, somm. and maître d', Berta is steering a confident course and Sydney's diners are clearly the winners.

Moon Park

Redfern

Dale dined on Thu, 5th Mar 2015 (8)

A modest stairway opens onto a secluded space overlooking Redfern Park. With indoor and outdoor balcony dining options, Moon Park has every mood covered. It makes up for the fairly unexciting fit-out. But then again, the real draw card is the food. And it thrills. I highly recommend the banquet menu - a journey from kimchi to the signature "moon pie" via ddokbeokki, chilled bonito broth and other highlights along the way. It's just the right amount of food and it showcases the kitchen's skills brilliantly. Service is efficient, informed and friendly. The Moon Park dining experience holds it's own against other Sydney gems such as Ester (Chippendale).

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 (9)

Ever since Heirloom opened, head chef Jonathon Peacham has been sourcing and serving up some of the freshest, tastiest produce on the Perth dining scene. The kitchen is serving up the kind of cuisine that excites the palate. And now, under the guidance of a new restaurant manager, front of house is lifting its game to provide an all-round quality dining experience. We've dined at Heirloom a few times now and have grazed our way through most of the menu. There are plenty of high points and no obvious lows. Pete Evans' contribution has really paid off. The wine list could do with some work - it's fairly limited - but on the whole Heirloom is a memorable dining experience that will have you planning your return visit.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sun, 15th Feb 2015 (7)

When I recommend Heirloom to my friends and colleagues (and I do, because the food is very good indeed) it is always qualified by a warning not to expect much from the service. There are some systemic front of house issues that recur each occasion I dine at Heirloom. Issues that happen to my table and tables around me. Food orders that are forgotten, water glasses that remain empty, i could go on. It really takes the shine off an otherwise very enjoyable dining experience.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Dale dined on Sat, 7th Feb 2015 (8)

Pete Evans' menu is mouthwatering. The produce is of the finest quality. The kitchen team treat it expertly and respectfully, resulting in a delicious, healthy dining experience. Service could have been more attentivet; glasses remained empty for far too long (over a quarter of an hour) and service was generally slow. All in all, a good evening.

Pastuso

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 20th Nov 2014 (9)

I dropped by one Thursday evening about 9:00 pm for a late bite. Pastuso was buzzing. The menu design suits every appetite, with a broad selection of small plates and ceviche dishes, to larger, share plates. The layout feels a bit "clubby", with several distinct seating areas delineated by the various kitchens. Along with the brightly coloured posters, Pastuso presents a fun atmosphere in which to explore the delights and flavours of Peru.

Lee Ho Fook

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 20th Nov 2014 (9)

I returned to Lee Ho Fook to try some different items from the brilliantly-crafted menu. But there are some dishes that are destined to be perennial favourites: the tea egg, avruga and dill; the raw Hiramasa kingfish with leek, cloud fungi, radish with that utterly sublime burnt garlic and ginger white soy cream. It's beguiling food at its best, complemented by some of the best waitstaff Melbourne has produced, in a space that is so right for Smith Street, Collingwood.

Public

Brisbane

Dale dined on Wed, 12th Nov 2014 (9)

Warning: I'm going to gush a bit with this review. Public on George Street is one of the more exciting places I've dined at recently. It confidently wears it's awarded one chef's hat (AGFG). The space is well designed, the floor staff friendly, knowledgable and helpful. The menu is chock full of tantalising choices and the kitchen delivers them in spades - beautiful, fresh ingredients treated with respect to yield imaginative, delicious results. Bring along some friends or colleagues so you can try several items on the designed-to-share menu. It's what I'll be doing.

Lee Ho Fook

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 6th Nov 2014 (9)

A hip space with funky soundtrack, some of Melbourne's best waitstaff all supporting an exciting menu and drinks list make Lee Ho Fook a great destination for a bunch of friends to have a guaranteed enjoyable dining experience.

Hare & Grace

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Mon, 3rd Nov 2014 (7)

The limited bistro-style menu ensures that the kitchen can deliver beautiful food consistently well. I would on,y have wished for best value from this one-hatted diner at the business end of town.

Galangal Thai Cuisine

Mount Hawthorn

Dale dined on Thu, 30th Oct 2014 (8)

Galangal recently scooped the Savour Australia national award for best Thai restaurant so, unsurprisingly, it was fairly busy for a midweek evening. Nevertheless, the welcome was warm, the service attentive and the food arrived in good time. And the food was really tasty, with obviously fresh ingredients. Galangal is not the cheapest Thai restaurant around but it's still great value for money. Oh, and BYO with corkage at $3 a bottle. Can't grumble about that.

E'cco Bistro

Brisbane

Dale dined on Fri, 24th Oct 2014 (9)

Philip Johnson's team is at the top of their game. E'cco Bistro does exceptional food very well indeed. Of course I'll be back.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Fri, 17th Oct 2014 (9)

Co-Op Dining continues to lead in the use of seasonal, locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients that come together under Kiren Mainwaring's inspired hand to make a truly unique and memorable dining experience.

Millbrook Winery Restaurant

Jarrahdale

Dale dined on Fri, 3rd Oct 2014 (8)

The location is idyllic and the food delicious. Given that Millbrook Winery Restaurant is a fine diner, attention to a few small details could raise the bar even higher - for example, folding a diner's napkin for them when they leave the table, or keeping water glasses topped up rather than left empty. And if the staff forget to order a table's main courses, its better to be open about it and perhaps offer to top up the diners' wine glasses to ease them through the extended wait. That being said, our overall experience was very positive.

Metro Indian Restaurant

Subiaco

Dale dined on Mon, 22nd Sep 2014 (6)

Metro is a middle-of-the-road casual Indian diner well-suited to the pre-theatre crowd.

Urbane

Brisbane CBD

Dale dined on Sat, 13th Sep 2014 (9)

After arriving at Urbane a few years ago, Chef Alejandro Cancino's food is more focused and coherent than ever. It is perhaps less flamboyant yet still very much able to surprise and impress. Floor staff naturally walk that happy path balancing formality with genuine warmth of hospitality. Urbane continues to offer a world-class fine dining experience.

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Mon, 18th Aug 2014 (6)

The kitchen is fairly efficient for those guests looking for a business lunch. While the portions are on the small side for the price, this is not atypical of many Perth CBD restaurants. The quality cannot be faulted.

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Mon, 11th Aug 2014 (6)

The inside dining area has a good combination of tables and booths but is otherwise nondescript - it's the al fresco area that enjoys a bit more character. The kitchen is prompt, well-suited for business meetings and the menu provides enough of a selection that there is something to suit any appetite.

Clarke's of North Beach

North Beach

Dale dined on Thu, 7th Aug 2014 (8)

From all the press reviews I've read over the past years, I was expecting stuffy service, yet found it quite relaxed. Were any other preconceptions shattered? Not really. For the most part, Clarke's lived up to its reputation as the fine diner of choice in Perth's northern suburbs. The degustation menu is well structured - we opted for one extra course, spanner crab - and allows Chef Stephen Clarke's skills to shine. The amuse bouche and first course, pork belly, were good - though not exceptional - but the menu gathered pace and maintained a consistently excellent standard. Which one might rightly expect for a +$100 tasting menu. The veal fillet with braised beef cheek and mustard potato was cooked to perfection and was particularly noteworthy. So too the pre-dessert and dessert. We certainly felt that we finished on a high. It was a bit of a trek for us south-of-the-river foodies but one that was suitably rewarded.

Claire's Kitchen at Le Salon

Darlinghurst

Dale dined on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 (7)

Interesting menu. Claire's Kitchen could be a real fine diner but for the paper table cloth covers and a few other little things.

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 29th Jul 2014 (9)

Berta's Tuesday night sagra dinners are not to be missed! A combination of the finest seasonal ingredients, wonderful cooking, inspired wine matches and a cosy, almost secluded venue make the Berta experience a foodie's nirvana. Congratulations to chef O Tama and the Berta team for creating a place of the utmost gastronomic delight.

Otto Sydney

Woolloomooloo

Dale dined on Sun, 27th Jul 2014 (9)

With prices befitting the waterfront location, Otto Ristorante delivers a genuine fine dining experience. The degustation menu I enjoyed was well crafted and paced just right to make for a very pleasant few hours. It is difficult to single out a favourite course as they were all of an exceptional standard. Nevertheless, I'm going to make special mention of the vitello tonnato - poached veal girello, pepper seared tuna, smoked tuna aioli and fried capers. Brilliant.

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 22nd Jul 2014 (9)

B is for "Berta". B is for "Brilliant". Or possibly "Bellissimo". Berta's Tuesday Sagra events are not to be missed. They are a special dining experience where Chef O Tama's skills shine and the wine list sings the same tune. B is, of course, for "Bravo!"

Emmilou Bar & Tapas

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Mon, 14th Jul 2014 (6)

A good spot for groups with something on the menu to please everyone.

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 1st Jul 2014 (9)

Berta's Tuesday night sagra dinners are a foodie's heaven. Interesting lesser known Italian wines complement an every-changing menu.

4 Fourteen

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Mon, 30th Jun 2014 (8)

4Fourteen has a great nose-to-tail menu with something to satisfy any taste. Service is attentive but not intrusive and the ambience perfectly suited to a most enjoyable dining experience.

Ester

Chippendale

Dale dined on Fri, 27th Jun 2014 (8)

Good service, an interesting menu and wine list and relaxed atmosphere. The seating is cosy with little space between tables so be prepared for a little jostling. The soundtrack won't be to everyone's taste but, thankfully, it's not too loud. Service is prompt, resulting in happy food, happy customers.

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Dale dined on Thu, 26th Jun 2014 (10)

It quickly becomes clear on this, my fifth visit to Sixpenny since it's opening two years ago, that the place has assumed an air of quiet self confidence that is utterly appropriate. Driven largely, I am sure, by the personalities of Daniel Puskas and James Parry who continue to create outstanding dishes and allow the team they have gathered to flourish. There's no fanfare or suchlike. This is just getting-about-your-business, unassuming, hard-to-beat, understated-and-utterly exquisite cuisine. It's little wonder, then, that René Redzepi took the time to visit. My personal favourites on the current menu include the potato roasted in fresh mustard with lemon thyme and spinach, the kangaroo consommé with marrow and winter veg, and the chocolate and prune dessert. Bravo!

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 24th Jun 2014 (9)

Does serendipity strike in the same place twice? At Berta, I'm beginning to think it's almost guaranteed. After an unexpectedly delightful evening at Berta's "sagra" night a few weeks ago, I returned this evening to sample their latest menu. These events are increasingly popular and little wonder. My wife, unfortunately, couldn't make it, leaving the stool at the bar beside me vacant. Until a cheerful Italian guy wanders in and takes the pew. His name is Giorgio. A friendly chap who shares my love of fine food and wine. So we get chatting. We swap a few restaurant recommendations. It turns out that Giorgio is a sommelier. After the third glass of wine, I discover that Giorgio was named Gourmet Traveller's Sommelier of the Year (2013). And he sources the wines for Berta and sister establishments 121BC and Vini. If you ever get the chance to talk with the guy that imports the wine you're drinking, I recommend it. They know a thing or two. Not only did I enjoy some -really- good food and wine, I enjoyed an unexpectedly pleasant conversation with quite an interesting fellow. And drank a bit more than I planned. Thanks, Giorgio! Thanks, Berta!

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 17th Jun 2014 (9)

The word is out! Berta's "Sagra" evenings are an absolute must for foodies. I don't politely recommend Berta to people anymore - I bluntly insist they visit. Mad if you don't.

Bishop Sessa

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Mon, 16th Jun 2014 (9)

Bishop Sessa is an absolute gem! This was my third visit and it is my firm conclusion that foodies should cherish this Surry Hills spot. Bishop Sessa sources exceptional ingredients, prepares and plates them into quite simply exceptional cuisine. It is complimented by an intruiging wine list. The team is obviously talented and deserves much success with Bishop Sessa.

Watts On Crown

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Sun, 15th Jun 2014 (7)

Watts on Crown admirably accomplishes its mission - to be a friendly, neighbourhood restaurant with reasonable priced, good quality food. The wine list is modest, but carefully chosen; the menu ticks all the right boxes and the kitchen delivers a competent dish. There's not too much flash or flair at Watts - it's all about friendliness and good, honest cooking that comforts the soul and invariably makes for a satisfied diner.

Pata Negra

Nedlands

Dale dined on Tue, 10th Jun 2014 (7)

The kitchen at David Coomer's "Pata Negra" is still producing consistently exciting Iberian-influenced cuisine and the interior design is perfectly suited to the culinary style. Our experience was let down only by patchy service from the floor staff.

Varnish on King

Perth

Dale dined on Sat, 7th Jun 2014 (8)

Boisterous and crowded. If that's not your thing, you've been warned. But at the end of the working day or before a show, Varnish on King is just the thing, with excellent food and a fairly wide selection of wines and, of course, whiskey.

Baccomatto Osteria

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Mon, 2nd Jun 2014 (6)

The floor staff are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is mod Milan and the food is tasty. That said, if the kitchen raised the bar a notch, Baccomatto Osteria could turn into a neighbourhood regular.

Bishop Sessa

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Fri, 30th May 2014 (9)

Arguably the best value degustation in Sydney. In the Surry Hills restaurant scene, it can be difficult to get noticed. "Bishop Sessa" is something of a quiet achiever. The good Bishop hasn't made huge waves since arriving in the parish of Surry Hills but those who have met him will likely be converted for life. This is a restaurant where care and attention to great ingredients combined with an obviously talented hand result in exemplary cuisine. The degustation menu provides a delightful journey without a low spot to be found. The Bishop's wine list punches well above it's weight. Long may Bishop Sessa bless his Surry Hills flock.

Bishop Sessa

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Thu, 29th May 2014 (9)

It was obvious fairly soon after entering Bishop Sessa that they care a great deal about the provenance of their ingredients. That such care extended to the preparation and presentation of the dishes was obvious both on the plate and the palate. A great little bistro & wine bar long may the good bishop bless his Surry Hills flock.

Ume Restaurant

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Wed, 28th May 2014 (8)

Use is the epitome of the neighbourhood gem. An unassuming, narrow frontage that opens into a warm welcome and unpretentious, yet seriously good, Japenese-influenced food.

Maya Da Dhaba

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Mon, 26th May 2014 (7)

I'll be back to try some of Maya da Dhaba's other specialties.

4 Fourteen

Surry Hills

Dale dined on Mon, 19th May 2014 (9)

4Fourteen excels in all the things that makes a good restaurant stand out from the crowd. Great, personalised service, the right vibe and, of course, food and wine that excites the palate.

1907 Restaurant

Perth CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 24th Apr 2014 (9)

1907 offers what one would expect from any Australian fine dining restaurant. Ambience with it's own unique personality; welcoming, attentive front of house staff; extensive wine list and a menu that offers both interesting and exciting plates produced by an obviously highly-skilled kitchen team.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 26th Mar 2014 (9)

The Co-Op crew are charming as well as producing some very, very enjoyable culinary creations.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Thu, 6th Mar 2014 (9)

An efficient kitchen and attentive service makes Jolleys Boathouse an excellent choice for business meetings. Its setting is always enchanting. The menu is well rounded with a focus on full-flavoured dishes. Jolleys Boathouse remains one of Adelaide's top restaurants.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 5th Mar 2014 (9)

Celsius' new menu format is great and there are some absolutely inspired dishes on the current menu. Ayhan Erkoc and his team continue to create some of the most interesting food in Adelaide.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Sat, 1st Mar 2014 (7)

We've dined at Butterworth Bar & Kitchen a number of times during the Perth Festival season - it's conveniently located and has good trading hours. Our menu favourites include the potted rabbit, the crispy kale salad, the lamb rump (a real standout) and the summer pudding.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 25th Feb 2014 (7)

The charcuterie special (hickory-smoked duck ham with pickled vegetables) was a winner, as was the potted rabbit (you must order this!). The mains - skirt steak, pork cutlet - were somewhat less inspiring but we have previously tried the lamb (brilliant) and other selections. The kitchen and service are both prompt, making Butterworth a good destination for diners on a tight schedule.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Sat, 22nd Feb 2014 (7)

Waitstaff that can remember your order in their head and not some scrappy notepad. Tick. Perfectly cooked ocean trout and perfectly cooked lamb. Tick. Summer pudding. Tick. The only (slight) off moment was the saffron macaron, honey mousse dessert which was an eleven on the sweetness dial. Otherwise, an all round win.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 18th Feb 2014 (7)

We returned to the Butterworth to sample a bit more of the enticing menu. The standouts were the potted rabbit & toast, and the crispy kale salad with figs, walnuts and blue cheese. But that potted rabbit was delicious with the smoky toast.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 12th Feb 2014 (7)

A competent kitchen combined with above-average floor staff make the Butterworth a dependable dining destination for business meetings.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 23rd Jan 2014 (9)

Co-Op Dining is one of Perths hidden gems.

Heavenly Plate

Applecross

Dale dined on Sun, 19th Jan 2014 (7)

Very pleasant.

Heavenly Plate

Applecross

Dale dined on Thu, 16th Jan 2014 (7)

An interior that's unique in Perth invites the diner to pamper themselves with all sorts of mouth-watering treats from the menu. Just dropping in for coffee and cake? Try a Fraüs hot chocolate with a slice of one of the Plate's many tempting cakes. If you've come for something more substantial, there's an excellent range of vegan and gluten-free options available. But you should still leave room for dessert. The service is cafe style and the food is delish. A must try.

The Boatshed Restaurant

South Perth

Dale dined on Mon, 13th Jan 2014 (3)

The Boatshed is a terrific venue for a wedding or to entertain visitors to this fine city. But it's not a foodie destination.. A spectacular view does not a fine restaurant make and there are many newer entrants to the Perth restaurant scene that have significantly raised the bar for fine dining.

No4 Blake Street

North Perth

Dale dined on Tue, 7th Jan 2014 (8)

The Chef's Table provides a stimulating opportunity to experience the creative energy of Tom Randolph, Chase Weber and team. It's an evening well spent.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 20th Dec 2013 (9)

I have dined at Celsius fourteen times this year and it has, with exception, been a delightful culinary experience. Congratulations to Ayhan and the Celsius team for such beautiful food.

Three Five Three

Wembley

Dale dined on Sun, 15th Dec 2013 (8)

The lavish fit out and talented kitchen team should ensure 353 is around for the long haul. The menu is interesting, the ingredients as good as it gets, the cooking bang on and the presentation tantalising. Some finesse with front-of-house would round out what is already a considerably-above-average neighbourhood gem for foodies.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 13th Dec 2013 (9)

The Friday lunchtime tasting menu is terrific value. But Celsius is a special dining experience anytime.

Three Five Three

Wembley

Dale dined on Tue, 3rd Dec 2013 (6)

353 will be welcomed by local foodies. The ambience promises much and there are certainly some tantalising combinations on the menu. We dined on a Tuesday night when a flash promotion was on - the venue was packed and the kitchen had to work very hard to keep up. Our eight course degustation took three and a half hours - too long in any restaurant. Nevertheless, the food was better than expected and we'll certainly return to try some of the other menu offerings.

The Gala Restaurant

Applecross

Dale dined on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 (6)

The Gala Restaurant is one of the old guard of Perth fine diners. The ambience is cozy, relaxed and - despite feeling somewhat stuck in time - it remains a welcoming environment to enjoy some exceptional ingredients. Service was at times patchy as the inexperience of some floor staff was evident. We dined on a Tuesday evening - the restaurant was far from full yet it took us two-and-a-half hours to work through our three course order. The kitchen was undeniably slow. In any of Perth's better restaurants, I could expect to enjoy a long dégustation menu in the same time. But, to the food! It was obvious that Gala does not skimp on sourcing the finest ingredients for the kitchen. This was in evidence across the menu. A few dishes had me wondering whether the chef was inspired, daring or something else. The marron medallion with Mexican chocolate, popcorn and mango pudding entrée just didn't treat the marron with the respect it deserved and the flavour combinations didn't work for me. On the other hand, my partner's salmon trout confit and salmon caviar with Lebanese cucumber, tapioca and sour cream frappe was a lesson in classical flavour combinations that sung. The main courses we tried were similarly variable. The pan-fried barramundi fillet topped with mushrooms and Spanish ham, braised leek, preserved lemon sauce was exquisite whereas the blood orange sauce that accompanied the Tasmanian salmon with macadamia nut crust, wild rice and asparagus was ill-conceived. The salmon was overcooked for "medium". Desserts were a high point with well-matched flavours and textures. The wine list is extensive, as befits a fine dining establishment. The Gala Restaurant is being challenged by the wave of more-recently established fine diners in Perth. It cannot afford to maintain its status quo in the current environment. It has all the right ingredients but must take it up a couple of notches to complete for relevance going forward.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 22nd Nov 2013 (9)

Celsius always rewards a visit with a well-above average dining experience.

Bistro Dom on Waymouth

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 (9)

I've enjoyed the award-winning Bistro Dom experience several times for dinner, but this was my first occasion to enjoy lunch here. The atmosphere is bright and cheery, amplified by the stimulating and eclectic selection of original art works that adorn the walls. The food, as always, was the standout and demonstrated that Duncan Welgemoed and team still have their mojo.

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Dale dined on Sun, 27th Oct 2013 (9)

Sixpenny debuted with a very impressive all-round offering, from the kitchen through to front-of-house. Yet they're still raising the bar and each time I return I find it better and better. Congratulations to an outstanding all-round team.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 4th Oct 2013 (9)

Brilliant!

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Thu, 12th Sep 2013 (8)

Whilst the chef at Jolley's Boathouse is the undeniable master of big flavours, subtler dishes such as the ricotta and sage dumplings with mushrooms and pecorino are equally a triumph. Jolleys is a wonderful place to dine at any time of year.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Tue, 3rd Sep 2013 (8)

The kitchen continues to display a deftness across the menu and the new Spring season offerings are definitely worth a try.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 28th Aug 2013 (9)

The minimalist menu descriptions provide just enough information of make an informed choice yet leave plenty of room for the chef to surprise with his interpretation. Lovely.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 23rd Aug 2013 (9)

What a tasting treat! Delicious.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Tue, 20th Aug 2013 (7)

At any time of year, Jolley's Boathouse provides a most pleasant setting in which to enjoy some of the region's finest produce.

Public

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 16th Aug 2013 (7)

On a Friday night, the atmosphere is lively and the scene bustles like a busy train station (or is it just that magnificent clock that gives this impression?). In any case, Public is a fun place to be. The food was satisfying - though not remarkable - with a large enough drinks list to please most diners. All aboard!

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 16th Aug 2013 (9)

Brilliant. The kitchen displays versatility and inspiration crafting beguiling dishes from beautiful ingredients. The Friday lunch special is terrific value.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 9th Aug 2013 (9)

It's good to see more and more people are discovering the Friday lunch sitting at Celsius. I can't think of a better way to wind down at the end of the working week than with a long, leisurely and completely delicious Ayhan Erkoc lunch.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Tue, 30th Jul 2013 (8)

Beautiful, fresh ingredients expertly cooked by an efficient kitchen, Jolley's Boathouse does big flavours well, with something on the menu for everyone. All in a picturesque setting.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 26th Jul 2013 (9)

For the best experience and to enjoy the broadest extent of Chef Ayhan Erkoc's skills, I hichly commend the long tasting menu.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Wed, 24th Jul 2013 (7)

A lovely outlook. The kitchen is capable and efficient and, even if the menu is not Nuevo International there is something for everyone. Dishes are beautifully cooked and presented and full of flavour.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 23rd Jul 2013 (9)

Spoilt for choice - the a la carte and two tasting menu options ensure every diner can enjoy precisely the experience they like. And, whichever option is selected, the food is pretty darn fine.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 19th Jul 2013 (9)

Celsius' Friday lunchtime 5-course menu is certainly the best value fine dining in Adelaide. It's an opportunity to wind down at the end of a long week and enjoy a superb dining experience. If you have the opportunity to experience this, seize it! It also offers the perfect introduction to the broader dining experience available at dinner.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 (9)

Always a delicious, exciting culinary journey. Celsius is worth returning to often.

Shiro Izakaya

Perth CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 10th Jul 2013 (6)

My favourite Japanese-inspired restaurant in Australia is Sepia (Sydney) and I have benchmarked my review against this three-hat restaurant. Why? Partly because Shiro's pricing approaches Sepia but it is a very different (inferior) experience in every respect. Whilst the food, beverage, setting and service were all quite pleasant the prices set a much higher expectation that just isn't fulfilled.

Bistro Dom on Waymouth

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 5th Jul 2013 (8)

One of Adelaide's top tier restaurants, Bistro Dom offers a warm, intimate atmosphere in which to enjoy interesting wines and the delicious creations of chef Duncan Welgemoed.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 5th Jul 2013 (9)

In my opinion, Adelaide dining doesn't get any better than Celsius. Chef Ayhan Erkoc's creations are consistently pleasing. Celsius' Friday lunchtime five-course degustation menu represents excellent value.

Sepia

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 18th Jun 2013 (10)

Both Gourmet Traveller and The Australian Good Food Guide consistently rank Sepia Restaurant and Wine Bar among the very best of Sydney's restaurants. And for good reason - all aspects of the dining experience are flawless. My personal favourite dishes include the butter-poached Port Lincoln squid and the seasonal chocolate forest: two reasons why I dine at Sepia as often as I am able.

Cafe di Stasio

St Kilda

Dale dined on Sat, 15th Jun 2013 (7)

A solid all around performance is why di Stasio is so well loved by locals and visitors alike. Their $35 "slow food" lunch special provides a good introduction to their menu.

Sepia

Sydney CBD

Dale dined on Sat, 1st Jun 2013 (10)

Sepia consistently places in the top few places of the most respected Australian restaurant awards - Gourmet Traveller, the Australian Good Food Guide and the SMH Good Food Guide. That's because every aspect of this Japanese-influenced dining experience is world class. I have dined at Sepia at least half a dozen times now and will continue to return because it's on par with Quay and Marque and easier to get a table!

Kalao World Cuisine

Northbridge

Dale dined on Thu, 30th May 2013 (3)

The welcome was good and the complimentary amuse bouche meant that things got off to a good start. Menu options are limited but diverse enough and befitting the world theme. Servings were ample. Only the ambience of the room was lacking. Decor was fine and crockery, cutlery and stemware all very nice - I think it was the brightness of the lighting that caused the mood to suffer: less light inside would improve the mood and bring more of the outside in - the interesting street life of Northbridge.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Mon, 20th May 2013 (7)

There's little room for subtle flavours on this menu. Dishes are invariably bold and packed with big flavours, so are bound to satisfy any appetite. This was my third visit to Jolleys Boathouse in eighteen months and it demonstrated a reliable consistency in the menu, in the kitchen and on the floor - a dependable choice for that special occasion that won't disappoint.

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Dale dined on Sun, 19th May 2013 (9)

It's been a while since I've dined at Sixpenny - why did I leave it so long? Everything about Sixpenny showcases what great Australian dining can be, and what great Australian chefs (and their teams) are capable of. On the current menu, my favourite was the glorious Murray cod - an utterly perfect balance of flavours and textures. There were no misses on the menu, or in the service. Sixpenny - long may it last.

Bouchon Bistro

Wembley

Dale dined on Thu, 9th May 2013 (7)

The welcome is warm, the atmosphere definitely French bistro and the food satisfying. And Bouchon's chef can cook. But wait, there's also a generous list of French wines. What's not to like? Food was delivered to the table on piping hot crockery, winning maximum points from me - it bugs me when a hot dinner is presented on a cold plate so that the food has cooled completely after only the first few mouthfuls! The only mis-step was the extended wait to place our dessert order - it was easily more than half an hour. But this didn't really detract from the experience, which overall was surprisingly positive. We travelled across town to dine at Bouchon. You're lucky indeed if this is happens to be your neighbourhood bistro.

Blackbird

East Perth

Dale dined on Wed, 1st May 2013 (4)

This cosy little neighbourhood restaurant offers above average service and a decent wine list. The only aspect that could do with some attention is to ensure that hot dishes arrive at the table piping hot, rather than luke warm soon turning cold.

Metro Indian Restaurant

Subiaco

Dale dined on Thu, 25th Apr 2013 (7)

Metro Indian manages to make a fairly modern interior feel inviting and authentically Indian. The service was warm and friendly. The food was delicious. Prices were reasonable and diners on surrounding tables also appeared to enjoy their experience at Metro Indian.

Blackbird

East Perth

Dale dined on Sun, 21st Apr 2013 (6)

Blackbird is better than the average Perth neighbourhood restaurant. The setting cosy, the floor staff friendly, the service attentive - yet not intrusive - and the menu and wine list has something for everyone.

Bistro Dom on Waymouth

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 19th Apr 2013 (8)

My third visit to Dom lived up to expectations. I'll be back - Dom is an exciting French Bistro that does what it does so right.

Opus Restaurant

Perth CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 17th Apr 2013 (4)

Opus touts itself as "Perth's most glamorous dining experience", so it sets the bar very high indeed for itself. The ambience and service is fitting for a fine dining restaurant but, with increasing competition at the top end of the foodie chain, a kitchen has to produce something exceptional to woo diners. A cut above. Under Nathan Thomas, Opus holds the promise of good things to come but it's just not there yet. There are a number of alternatives in this price range that currently offer a much more "glamorous dining experience". To my disappointment, Opus really under-delivered on the premium dining experience.

Breezes On Como

Como

Dale dined on Wed, 10th Apr 2013 (6)

The service was above par and our seafood perfectly cooked but, sadly, our pork belly was over-cooked. An interesting star anise salad dressing was worthy of mention. On any dry evening, the alfresco area is a very pleasant environment in which to dine, with sunset views (across the freeway) over the river.

Mercy bar + eatery

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Wed, 3rd Apr 2013 (8)

Virginia Plain. Location? Tick. Ambience? Tick. Service? Tick. Drinks? Tick. Food? Tick. For a relatively new establishment, Virgina Plain hums along beautifully. The degustation menu I enjoyed was almost faultless - any criticism would only be one of individual taste in the balance of a couple of the dishes. The service, plating and flavours worked very well indeed, the dishes were appropriately sized and the pace of the meal spot on. All in all, good stuff.

Co-Op Dining

East Perth

Dale dined on Thu, 28th Mar 2013 (8)

There is a lot to delight the senses at Co-Op Dining with some truly original and spectacular dishes and brilliantly-matched wines. My personal favourite was the blood sausage with smoked egg yolk, but there were also several close runners up, including the foraged mushrooms with house jamon, and pork belly with wattle seed lasagne. Criticisms were minor - the gnocchi was rather too firm and the dessert course would have been better served on a chilled plate so that the sorbet didn't melt quite so fast. These fleeting disappointments did not affect our overwhelming enjoyment of the evening - the ten courses were well paced and the wine matches some of the most inspired I have tasted. Well done Kiren & Kelli and best wishes for the Co-Op's success.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 22nd Mar 2013 (9)

I am fortunate to dine at Celsius several times a year. I am always delighted and often surprised by the food created in this kitchen. The Friday lunchtime tasting menu is exceptional value.

Bistro Dom on Waymouth

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 21st Mar 2013 (8)

My first visit to Bistro Dom, some time ago, was a mixed affair but I am so pleased I returned. The kitchen and floor team has settled into it's groove and is singing a delicious French song. So I will return once more and enjoy some interesting interpretations of French fare and a stimulating wine list in the cozy, buzzing atmosphere of Bistro Dom.

The Trustee Bar & Bistro

Perth CBD

Dale dined on Mon, 18th Mar 2013 (8)

The kitchen at Trustee Bar & Bistro hums along like a well-oiled machine. Faultlessly-executed dishes from a well thought-out menu and wine list, so what's not to like? Well, mostly the price. Even by Perth standards this is expensive dining, probably targeted at the business expense account. As long as you're not concerned at how quickly the bill adds up, you'll enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere.

The Euro

Brisbane CBD

Dale dined on Mon, 11th Mar 2013 (6)

Pleasant atmosphere, patchy service, good food. Open when other places are closed.

Beaufort Local

Highgate

Dale dined on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 (9)

The Beaufort Street Merchant has much to commend it - good service; generous wine list and a menu that covers all the bases. The kitchen delivers dependably delicious dishes. As an added bonus, The Merchant's trading hours (every day of the year except Christmas Day) means that they'll be open on days when most other restaurants close. A solid choice that will not disappoint.

Urbane

Brisbane CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 11th Sep 2012 (9)

Urbane has been a standard-bearer for fine dining in Queensland for some time now. The presence of Chef Alejandro Cancino in the kitchen only strengthens this reputation. The food journey at Urbane is one that must be taken. Allow time for the eleven-course menu and experience the breadth of Cancino's skills - you'll be so glad you did.

Flower Drum

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 23rd Aug 2012 (8)

Perhaps the best Cantonese south of the equator. Certainly the best Cantonese south of the NSW/VIC border. Attentive, friendly service and fine, fine offerings from the kitchen.

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Dale dined on Sat, 11th Aug 2012 (9)

Hopefully the path to Stanmore - 83 Percival Road in particular - will become very well worn thanks to the presence of Sixpenny and the wondrous offerings of James Parry, Daniel Puskas and their dedicated team. The entire experience from front-of-house to the kitchen has a tangible synergy and it doesn't take long for it to dawn on the diner that something exciting is happening here. A lot of hard work and inspired cheffing has come together to create Sixpenny however it is a small, neighbourhood venue and I truly hope that the team can make this format pay its way. It's a genuinely special dining experience. Don't miss it.

Petite Mort

Shenton Park

Dale dined on Wed, 8th Aug 2012 (9)

Having read a review in the press that hinted that Petite Mort made for an expensive night out, having dined there I formed the completely opposite view. Certainly, Petite Mort doesn't fall into the category of 'cheap eats' but, in my opinion, it represents excellent value for money. The dégustation menu is well crafted - lots of pleasing notes with some real stand-outs and not a single disappointment in its ten-or-so courses. Whilst the service was not as attentive as it could have been for a fine-dining establishment - empty glasses awaiting refilling, napkins still unfolded following a bathroom visit (I know, call me picky) - these did not detract from the experience. More surprising, however, was the lack of a matched wine option with the longer menus or the offer by waitstaff to tailor a wine match on the night. A glaring omission when the food is so clearly top tier. Nevertheless, Todd Stuart's Petite Mort is a welcome addition to Perths fine-dining scene. I'll be back for more.

Pei Modern

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 3rd Aug 2012 (8)

Clean, crisp flavours, airy atmosphere, deft service. The kind of place you'll want to experience more than once.

Bottega

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Thu, 2nd Aug 2012 (7)

I doubt there are many misses on the menu - everything we ordered was more than satisfactory. Bottega's interpretation of guianduja was devilishly tasty.

Tank Restaurant & Bar

Brisbane CBD

Dale dined on Tue, 3rd Jul 2012 (8)

An exciting exploration of modern, Japanese influenced, cuisine. I couldn't find any misses on the menu. Delicious.

Jolleys Boathouse

Adelaide

Dale dined on Thu, 31st May 2012 (8)

Despite the service being slow at times, it was nevertheless friendly and helpful. It is difficult to fault the food - well executed, carefully thought-out dishes that are packed with flavour. I doubt there are many misses on the menu. The setting is lovely.

Seamstress Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

Dale dined on Mon, 14th May 2012 (7)

Everything a neighbourhood restaurant should be.

Celsius

Adelaide CBD

Dale dined on Fri, 4th May 2012 (9)

Celsius is a hands-down winner. The Friday lunch special is particularly good value for money and will make any foodie deliriously happy.

The Pot Food and Wine

Hyde Park

Dale dined on Fri, 20th Apr 2012 (9)

The perfect mix of culinary expertise, wine selection and atmosphere makes The Pot Food & Wine one that you'll return to time after time.