Philip Gordon

Senior School Tutor History Department Justice of the Peace

I enjoy cooking and eating out with friends and my wife.
Philip's Latest reviews: Philip's Top 10 restaurants:

Hicksons Izakaya

Dawes Point

Philip dined on Tue, 4th Dec 2018 (7)

Nice setting. Small restaurant with reasonable food. Service is friendly and quick.

Nithik's Kitchen


Philip dined on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 (9)

Really interesting food. Well cooked and presented. Highly recommended authentic Indian restaurant

The Duck Inn


Philip dined on Sun, 21st Oct 2018 (8)

Nice selection of craft beer and wine. Good beer garden and smart interior. Very dog friendly. Food was ok but a bit disappointing. Roast was really dry with no gravy. Cumberland sausage and mash was pleasant but not the spiral sausage expected. Burger was awesome. Fries very nice. Service excellent

Indian Paradise Randwick


Philip dined on Wed, 3rd Oct 2018 (6)

Friendly service. Naan bread and rice were good. Curries well made.

Lola Cocina

Crows Nest

Philip dined on Sun, 9th Sep 2018 (8)

Well cooked tapas with friendly service and generous servings. Nice range of Spanish beers and wines too.

Contact Bar & Kitchen


Philip dined on Sat, 11th Aug 2018 (9)

interesting menu with very well cooked and presented food. Wine list is good with a wide range of Italian wines. Service is very friendly and professional. I really recommend this restaurant.

Grace of India


Philip dined on Wed, 1st Aug 2018 (10)

Delicious food. Banquet us great value and you can pick any curries from the menu. All 7 we selected were outstanding. Starters were all great, naan breads fresh and tasty. A great evening!

Meat District Co.

Darling Harbour

Philip dined on Fri, 15th Jun 2018 (8)

burgers are excellent. Ribs not so great. Service prompt and friendly.

Lola Cocina

Crows Nest

Philip dined on Thu, 3rd May 2018 (7)

Tapas deal is good value. Decent tapas with a good wine selection. Guitarist adds to the ambience. Friendly and efficient service.

Delhi 'O' Delhi


Philip dined on Wed, 2nd May 2018 (8)

Banquet is very good value. Nice range of beers available. Friendly service.

Punj Aab's

Crows Nest

Philip dined on Thu, 29th Mar 2018 (7)

30% off deal good value. Service a bit iffy.


Crows Nest

Philip dined on Thu, 15th Mar 2018 (8)

Very professional and friendly service. Gets noisy upstairs when the place fills up.

Indian Palace


Philip dined on Wed, 7th Mar 2018 (7)

Banquet is good value but the options are not great. Korma butter chicken vegetable curry. Fairly bland and boring. Restaurant was good enough to change 3 of the curries for other options. Food was well cooked and tasty. Naan breads in particular were excellent from the tandoor. Service could have been more attentive at times. Had to wave to get service, including the bill at times. My group had an enjoyable night out and we recommend this as a good local restaurant.


Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Wed, 7th Feb 2018 (8)

Food is very nice and well presented. Service is attentive and smooth. Good atmosphere and a nice layout. It is quite pricey so be prepared to drop some cash on the experience.

Malabar @ Darlinghurst


Philip dined on Wed, 3rd Jan 2018 (10)

we had a big party of 19 and all had the banquet. I have been coming to Malabar for over a decade and the quality remains outstanding. They served us seamlessly which is not always easy in a big group.


Palm Beach

Philip dined on Mon, 4th Dec 2017 (6)

slightly disappointed with the menu. Had degustation and the courses did not excite me at all. Also picked the top wines to match and again not all were great food matches. $280 a head for 6 courses with wines was a bit steep. Service was great. View is great. Ticked that box by going to Jonah's. Probably won't return.

The Spice Room

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Wed, 20th Sep 2017 (10)

Always delicious food. Good wine and beer list. Friendly and attentive service.

The Devonshire

Surry Hills

Philip dined on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 (7)

Only 2 covers so no real atmosphere but the food was up to the standard we remember. Waitress was friendly and professional

Rangoon Colonial Club Restaurant

Crows Nest

Philip dined on Wed, 26th Apr 2017 (10)

Delicious authentic Indian food. Huge range of options on the menu using great spices and quality meat and seafood. Chicken Tindaloo has the perfect blend of heat, succulent chicken and spices to taste perfect.

Delhi By The Way

Potts Point

Philip dined on Thu, 2nd Mar 2017 (9)

Excellent local restaurant

Bhojan Nepali & Indian Cuisines


Philip dined on Wed, 1st Feb 2017 (4)

50% off is a good deal. Naan breads are very good but the currys are watery and fairly tasteless. Service is friendly and attentive.

Surjits Indian Annandale


Philip dined on Wed, 5th Oct 2016 (9)

10 of us ordered the banquet which is extremely good value. All the food was cooked perfectly and was delicious. Wonderful crispy naan bread straight out of the tandoor. Very authentic and tasty Indian food.

Steel Bar & Grill

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Tue, 4th Oct 2016 (8)

1kg steak to share was delicious. All sides were great. Wine list is extensive.

A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro

South Yarra

Philip dined on Sun, 19th Jun 2016 (8)

Authentic well presented French cuisine. Friendly and attentive service.

Thirty Eight Chairs

South Yarra

Philip dined on Sat, 18th Jun 2016 (9)

Amazing food and great friendly service. Authentic Italian food

Aki's Indian Restaurant


Philip dined on Wed, 4th May 2016 (10)

Food is absolutely delicious. We came with a group of 9 and had the banquet which is beautifully presented in individual bowls. The service was outstanding and friendly and of course it is lovely to eat outside with view of the city as a backdrop. I really recommend this to people who want to have a special occasion high quality Indian dining experience. It is pricey so expect to pay about double what you normally would for an Indian meal. It is worth paying for a one off special event though.

Via Alta


Philip dined on Wed, 23rd Mar 2016 (8)

Tasting menu is great value. Food well prepared and presented. Service is friendly and efficient. $12 corkage per bottle of wine is a bit steep.

The Devonshire

Surry Hills

Philip dined on Tue, 15th Mar 2016 (9)

Friendly attentive service. Limited but well priced and interesting wine list. Delicious well plated food from a carefully crafted menu. A great high quality local restaurant in Surry Hills.

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 (10)

Amazing food and professional discreet service. Watching the open kitchen function is great. 1920s Art Deco building adds to the ambience. A great place to eat with an incredible wine list and friendly knowledgeable sommelier. It was my father in laws birthday and they brought a small birthday cake for him which was a nice gesture.

Delhi By The Way

Potts Point

Philip dined on Wed, 2nd Mar 2016 (7)

Nice food. Service a bit slow getting food out. Seemed understaffed.

La Pesa Trattoria


Philip dined on Thu, 18th Feb 2016 (9)

Excellent food and very friendly service. Interesting and reasonably priced wine list


Surry Hills

Philip dined on Fri, 8th Jan 2016 (9)

Great food. Good service.

Raavis Cumin

Crows Nest

Philip dined on Sun, 27th Dec 2015 (9)

excellent curry with an interesting and varied menu created by the owner.

The Spice Room

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Wed, 25th Nov 2015 (8)

Banquet is great value for money and always delicious

Raavis Cumin

Crows Nest

Philip dined on Wed, 30th Sep 2015 (8)

Delicious curry, good crisp naan breads. Banquet is good value and they swap out a curry you don't want with no problem. Service was a bit iffy at times. Apart from that this is an excellent curry house.

Essen Restaurant


Philip dined on Tue, 1st Sep 2015 (7)

nice range of German beers. Authentic German food. Friendly service.


Rushcutters Bay

Philip dined on Sun, 16th Aug 2015 (8)

very good Italian food. Nice wine list. Impressive restaurant.

La Pesa Trattoria


Philip dined on Fri, 24th Jul 2015 (6)

Nice local restaurant

Catch Restaurant - Hilton Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Philip dined on Sun, 7th Jun 2015 (3)

We had the degustation with matching wines which was $215 a head. The food was nice, well cooked and plated. The wine matches were terrible. Chandon Blanc de Blanc which is cheap and nasty to 'compliment' the first course. The wine waiter even asked us if we had heard of Chandon. I mean seriously!! Followed by roaring meg cheap and nasty NZ wine. The wines did not match the food at all. It ruined the experience. This place needs to decide if it is a proper restaurant or just a Gold Coast hotel restaurant. Left feeling disappointed and ripped off. Avoid the matching wines combination if you eat here and pick the degustation.

Misono Japanese Steakhouse

Surfers Paradise

Philip dined on Sat, 6th Jun 2015 (7)

Teppinyaki chef was lots of fun but not the best cook. Food quality was good. This place is great for a big group. Be prepared to wait an hour to eat after your initial booking time. They try and serve you loads of booze to get extra coin out of you.

The Spice Room

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Wed, 27th May 2015 (9)

Great food and attentive service. Decor is really nice. Top location at circular quay too.

The Panama Dining Room


Philip dined on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 (8)

Great location. Nice and open with a warehouse look. Bartenders are excellent making superb cocktails. Good range of craft beers and nice wines. Food quite good, but Aylesbury duck a bit dry. They show it to you uncarved and then take it away for twenty minutes which is weird. It comes back dry and luke warm. Steaks looked better.

Portello Rosso

Melbourne CBD

Philip dined on Fri, 23rd Jan 2015 (9)

Great Spanish tapas bar with interesting food and drinks. Nice location and good service

Apothecary 1878

Adelaide CBD

Philip dined on Fri, 3rd Oct 2014 (9)

Really nice service here. Extremely attentive.

Ume Restaurant

Surry Hills

Philip dined on Thu, 14th Aug 2014 (8)

delicious food. Service is a bit disorganised but they are friendly. Get the 7 course degustation. It is amazing.

Malabar @ Darlinghurst


Philip dined on Wed, 6th Aug 2014 (8)

tasty quality food with good friendly service. Authentic south Indian curry.

Dove & Olive

Surry Hills

Philip dined on Fri, 13th Jun 2014 (8)

reasonable pub food. It is all about the 26 taps of beer.

Steer Dining Room

South Yarra

Philip dined on Sat, 18th Jan 2014 (8)

excellent steaks. Staff slightly inattentive regarding the refilling of water and wine. However overall this is a great place to eat.

Galileo Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Fri, 2nd Aug 2013 (5)

Disappointed with quality of food as it advertises as fine dining. Desserts were rubbish. The second one was microwaved!


Surry Hills

Philip dined on Thu, 1st Nov 2012 (7)

nice local restaurant.

Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Sat, 1st Sep 2012 (7)

Limited lunch menu but pie was good. It's all about the beers.


Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Tue, 31st Jul 2012 (9)

excellent service. Interesting beverage list. Well presented and tasty food which is reasonably priced in a beautiful building.

Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Wed, 23rd May 2012 (7)

beers always good. Service always good. Food reasonably ok. Nothing special. It's all about the boutique beer really.

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Main Ridge

Philip dined on Sat, 28th Apr 2012 (9)

the food was excellent. Service excellent, decor excellent. We had the degustation with matching wines and went with the world wines option. The wines really did not match the dishes which was a disappointment. However, the food was marvellous and my recommendation for future diners would be to match the food with the winery wines.

The Long Table

Red Hill South

Philip dined on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 (10)

excellent service, outstanding food, and a fine wine list. We asked for guidance on a local pinot noir and the friendly waitress/owner was very knowledgable and made an excellent recommendation. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Prices very reasonable, and the place had a homely feel to it. Highly recommended restaurant.


Surry Hills

Philip dined on Thu, 8th Mar 2012 (4)

service a bit variable. Very very noisy venue. Food a bit disappointing.

La Scala on Jersey


Philip dined on Sat, 28th Jan 2012 (5)

second time I have eaten here in 3 years. Equally disappointing experience. Service very slow. Had to ask for drinks twice. Food rather bland and unexciting.

Pilu At Freshwater


Philip dined on Wed, 18th Jan 2012 (8)

always excellent food and service here and the view is sensational over freshwater beach. I always bring visitors to Sydney here and they love it.

Red Chilli Harbour Plaza

Sydney CBD

Philip dined on Fri, 13th Jan 2012 (8)

food was tasty. Expansive menu. Nice selection of Chinese beers too. Service was not wonderful, ordered a side of steamed spinach which only arrived after we finished our mains. My dish came out straight away but my wife had to wait for hers, then again for the spinach. Needs better organisation in the kitchen. I would go back for sure, just order more wisely in the future.

Ocean Restaurant

Blue Bay

Philip dined on Sun, 2nd Oct 2011 (8)

nice seafood. Friendly atmosphere. Service a bit slack in terms of having to ask for more drinks. Recommended restaurant on the whole.

Echoes Restaurant


Philip dined on Sat, 22nd Jan 2011 (7)

food was good but not exceptional except for the panna cotta dessert which was outstanding. Service was friendly but a bit clumsy at times (not silver service although with the prices charged you would expect it). View over the valleys was lovely and over all it was a pleasant experience.