Ray Sexton

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The Gantry Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Ray dined on Sun, 9th Jun 2019 (9)

Sunday Lunch - what a great setting on a sunny afternoon sitting outside enjoying the weather. Service started a little slow & we thought 'oh no' then all of a sudden it went up ten notches & continued like that throughout the day. We opted for the six course tasting plate starting with the Kingfish with the signature chocolate dessert to end with - would have to say the Kangaroo with the black pudding was the standout dish although all six were brilliantly presented. You could not fault the delicious taste of each dish with a nice bottle of Pinot Noir to keep us happy! Thank You we will be back

The Wharf


Ray dined on Sun, 20th Jan 2019 (9)

Great location for nice Sunday afternoon lunch watching the world go by :) Not overly crowded - staff were very friendly & attentive. All dishes were nicely presented & delicious -(special wrap for Coffin Bay oysters) - desserts were a nice way to finish off with also. No one at our table could find any faults

Red Spice Road

Melbourne CBD

Ray dined on Sat, 30th Jun 2018 (10)

Visiting from Sydney on a Saturday night-this restaurant was all & more of what we had heard-also we very well looked after by Matt (nothing was a problem for him with his raucous laugh & get out there approach) Taking his advice the Penang Fried Chicken was something else (was described as chicken wings which we never eat) absolutely delightful together with the Duck Noodles & Kung Pao Cauliflower not to forget the Tractor Estate Shiraz. Finished off at the bar with two rounds each of Espresso Martinis. Fantastic venue - yes we will have to book more AFL games - Thank You

Bistro Mekong


Ray dined on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 (10)

Great little spot for dining on a Saturday night for this relatively new arrival here. Leaves its neighbour a long way behind for atmosphere & service. Pearl and her team were polite and very happy to assist where required. Food was fresh and delightful - a must have was the Entree Tasting Plate where you were immediately swept away by the choices available. Overall a very nice experience - so yes we will be back

Flying Fish

Sydney CBD

Ray dined on Sat, 31st Mar 2018 (9)

Although we were initially disappointed that the 'lunch special' was not available on Easter Saturday after booking online - we were informed of this a couple of days beforehand - which was nice including the normal 15% surcharge (also not a problem) - we had no hesitation in going ahead with booking. Not being overly busy the atmosphere for lunch was lovely you could not fault any part of the whole experience - views of course - food was presented in the professional manner we expected & the staff both female/male very friendly & helpful. Without going into every dish - dessert was sensational, souffle was the pick for me. Absolute experience & would put in alongside of those closer to the harbour bridge on the north side. Look forward to going back in the evening to experience a different atmosphere. Thank You :)

Holy Duck! Castlecrag


Ray dined on Sat, 24th Mar 2018 (7)

Large open room rather noisy for a Saturday night - we were rather taken back with the initial service which took approx. 25 mins to try & order (thank God we had BYO wine) - this was achieved by going up to the front counter to the 'head lady' who was very nice & taken back that we had not had any wait staff attend to us. The saving grace here was the excellent food including the dumplings & crispy duck which was nicely presented & appreciated by the three of us. Although this site has recently opened it has a long way to go yet, with its customer service & there was a couple of other issues encountered by other tables but we don't need to go into that. Yes we will come back for the food soon & hopefully the customer service goes up a level or two and we wont see people waiting near there table whilst it is in the process of being cleared for them to sit down.

Ripples Milsons Point

Milsons Point

Ray dined on Thu, 7th Dec 2017 (10)

Having Aussie guests now living in Singapore we thought this would be ideal for them to get back into the Sydney beehive Ripples will always impress with its regimented sittings- for us at 8.30pm the whole area is cleared out so the staff start all over with their friendly helpful & polite service Could not fault the presentation of each dish that we enjoyed with standouts being the pulled pork, stuffed zucchini flower & of the course the delightful desserts. Never lets you down this restaurant

Melo's Italian Restaurant

Potts Point

Ray dined on Fri, 28th Jul 2017 (9)

Been a while since we last visited here but still remains a favourite with its layout & above all the quality of food is delightful-all dishes well presented but if you get through to deserts WOW factor kicks in. Certainly a special occasion venue-Thank You

The Stinking Bishops


Ray dined on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 (9)

Certainly a little gem with a buzzing atmosphere Lidia looked after us as if it was a silver service restaurant-her knowledge of all aspects of the menu & various cheese varieties blew us away Delicious food, cheese, wine on a Sunday afternoon what more do you want - yes of course we will be back Thank You


Rose Bay

Ray dined on Wed, 28th Dec 2016 (6)

Visited over holiday period with a high expectation but was a little disappointed maybe because of the noise situation at a crowded lunch time. Although staff were friendly they did not appear to want to explain the very large menu that well & we had to chase up our order for a second bottle of wine. The natural oysters were interesting in that you actually had to dig out the flesh-not a great task for our 85 year old Mum :) Desserts were delightful & maybe saved the day!

Aqua Dining

Milsons Point

Ray dined on Sat, 24th Dec 2016 (10)

Don't worry about going to Rose Bay or some where over the bridge this venue is value plus-can't believe how our waiter Martin looked after us four & explained the menu in detail. Plus allowing for our BYO Could not separate a stand out dish-all were reaching for the sky-magnificent. CHEF was only too happy to come out & chat at the end of the day. Think my wife after her birthday day will make this her favourite restaurant from now on. Thank you for a great lunch even though we were last to leave

The Stinking Bishops


Ray dined on Sun, 9th Oct 2016 (9)

Great little spot with inviting menu-good service not over the top willing to suggest and explain. Delightful atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon 😉

Lotus Restaurant Galeries

Sydney CBD

Ray dined on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 (10)

WOW had been given a heads up here & it truly lived up to all expectations. Deliciously presented food with great attention from our wait staff. Ambience was first class which resulted in a lovely lunch prior to attending the theatre Yes we will be back soon

Riley St Garage


Ray dined on Sat, 25th Jun 2016 (10)

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon lunch ... Could not really fault any part of the experience- Nicole our hostess was very good.....we will be back

The Vintage Cafe Newtown


Ray dined on Fri, 10th Jun 2016 (8)

Went here for dinner as right near Enmore - all good typical tapas menu with good choices. Food was simple but well prepared & presented - new waitress who tried very hard on the night Good venue for a nice quick bite before going to the Theatre


Surry Hills

Ray dined on Fri, 29th Apr 2016 (9)

Just a little Crown Street Gem on a Friday night - we had not had Lebanese for a while. Arrived early for our booking - not a problem. Garden set up works well & then to the food could not fault any dish but fell into the old tapas routine of ordering one too many. All plates were exciting & enjoyable including the 'brown cauliflower' Well done thanks for a great relaxed dinner

Public Dining Room


Ray dined on Fri, 22nd Apr 2016 (7)

Had an early booking to avoid the Friday night dinner crowds but it did not start off too well with hardly any other dinners present we were placed unfortunately right down the end of the restaurant next to the waiters station - guess someone has to get that table :) Well after this could not fault the excellent service & presentation of the dishes including desert. Not to forget the New Zealand Rose which a beautiful addition to my duck. Will have to return for lunch or breakfast to enjoy the outlook a little better

Republic Dining

Sydney CBD

Ray dined on Fri, 18th Mar 2016 (8)

Slow start with service but food made up for this....,the sommelier was brilliant. It was a shame a large party after dining stood right next to our table thinking they were in a bar-so then 10/10 to wait staff for eventually moving them on. Overall a nice place to dine really enjoyable and yes we will be back

Gochiso Japanese Restaurant


Ray dined on Sat, 12th Mar 2016 (6)

Early Saturday evening was full of children which seemed to have an effect on the service from the wait staff. Food was well presented and tasty but let down by wait staff early on - could not purchase a bottle of wine no one wanted to know us. End result will try again an a week night.

4 Fourteen

Surry Hills

Ray dined on Thu, 21st Jan 2016 (10)

WOW certainly lived up to the excellent reviews. Thursday was a terrible stormy night to be out but with the assistance of our waiter Candice we could not have asked for a better experience-totally went beyond all service requirements & made sure we understood the menu. Yes well the food was absolutely delicious, well presented & must agree the braised lamb shoulder was a standout. Desert & wine equally as good. I be back - big thank you to Candice & the chiefs.

Ripples Milsons Point

Milsons Point

Ray dined on Sun, 3rd Jan 2016 (9)

Unfortunately this was a rainy Sydney Sunday afternoon being early for a 2.30pm booking no one wanted to know us or another customer at the entrance-the staff were under pressure. HOWEVER once seated we were completely looked after by the wonderful ISRA who could not do enough for us her attention to detail & personality was A grade. Let's not forget the food delicious together with the Aramis Shiraz plus dessert a very pleasant experience on this rainy day. Would we go back - Yes even after the initial greeting

The Meat & Wine Co Circular Quay

Sydney CBD

Ray dined on Thu, 10th Sep 2015 (7)

Very good setting but layout for tables of two people was hindered by closeness of others & on this occasion by adjoining couple. Although it took a little while to have wine order taken the rest of the service was attended to quickly. The beef skewer was very ample & enjoyable although my wife not being a steak person had the pulled pork which she thought was a little dry & did not finish off. Would like to try again when not so noisy & in the upper room.

Boilerhouse - Q Station


Ray dined on Sun, 26th Apr 2015 (8)

Overall very enjoyable on a rainy Sunday afternoon where the restaurant was not overly populated. No wait for the shuttle bus.



Ray dined on Thu, 15th May 2014 (8)

Little quiet for a weekday night. Service was very attentive with a nice cross section of food available. Tasty and not lacking in presentation. Only concern was lack of atmosphere but this could be due to weekday night.

Beijing Palace


Ray dined on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 (9)

The standard of service was a pleasure to experience, nothing was too much for all of the staff including the female floor manager. Not withstanding this all dishes were presented well and of course very, very enjoyable. A class above other restaurants of this style in the area. Look forward to our next visit!



Ray dined on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 (9)

It was a treat to dine here the food, service from the friendly staff was excellent together with the surroundings made for a very enjoyable Christmas Eve. Nothing was too much for the wait staff and unfortunately we could not fit in desert-can't wait then for our next visit.

Lauxes On The Park


Ray dined on Fri, 4th Jan 2013 (9)

Enjoyable Friday afternoon lunch in casual surroundings with interstate guests. Tapas menu was delightful & good selection of wines. Unfortunately due to a quiet afternoon there was only one waiter who did a 'great' job to keep all parties happy! Thanks Jared :-)

The Italian Bar Pizza


Ray dined on Sun, 12th Aug 2012 (9)

Excellent lunch time atmoshphere- very Italain. Food choices & taste were delightful but the real winner to top off the day was the Sorbet - would have to go a long way to beat it. Overall service was friendly & efficient but maybe a little too quick, between courses. But cant wait to go back and explore more of the menu to enjoy as much as we did today

SEADUCTION Restaurant + Bar

Surfers Paradise

Ray dined on Sun, 10th Jun 2012 (9)

Excellent food presentation overall - not hurried. Wine list very extensive & something for everyone. It was hard to find a negative except 'no ground pepper' offered until requested. Will be returning shortly!

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