Dave Clarke

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Millone's Ristorante

Baulkham Hills

Dave dined on Sun, 2nd Jun 2019 (7)

It was quiet Sunday night, which is a shame as the food is really nice. The ribs are huge - go for the half rack, that will fill you up. The pasta dishes are sizable servings. To finish off go for the Nutella Calzone and share it with the table. Big, tasty meals.

La Grillade


Dave dined on Thu, 30th May 2019 (8)

Excellent restaurant. The service was friendly and professional. I was steered toward main and desserts that satisfied me immensely. The beef bourguignon was earthy and rich. The steak was a perfect medium rare and juicy. I would recommend La Grillade.

Central Quarter


Dave dined on Thu, 23rd May 2019 (8)

The food was really nice. We had three sides which increased cost of the meal and we probably didn't need as the meals were substantial. The Ribs were filling, with the Winter Greens side that was fresh and tasty. Finishing off with a Sticky Date pudding is always a winner. The service was very good.

The Bavarian Castle Towers

Castle Hill

Dave dined on Sat, 18th May 2019 (6)

Meals are a good size, and best of all there is no hurry to push you out of the door. We sat and had drinks for more than an hour before our meal and sat for more than an hour afterwards. It makes it very social when you're there with a group of friends.



Dave dined on Tue, 23rd Apr 2019 (8)

The steak was really good, but the Sticky Date Pudding was even better. The location was ideal for a lunch. Overlooking Manly Beach was somewhat lost at night, but if you can go early enough for view, do it.

Bar Patron by Rockpool

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Sun, 21st Apr 2019 (8)

We went into this restaurant without knowing what the cuisine would serve up, and we were pleasantly surprised. The Mexican cuisine was very different to other Mexican restaurants. That it was delicious and served by exceptional wait staff made it even better. I thoroughly recommend that you visit Bar Patron.

Das Bierhaus Coogee


Dave dined on Sun, 7th Apr 2019 (8)

Good food and exceptional service. The meals are big - so go there hungry. The schnitzel is huge and the slab of Pork Belly much more generous than other restaurants. Try the fruit beers they're really nice. I recommend this restaurant for a good feed.

3 Wise Monkeys


Dave dined on Tue, 2nd Apr 2019 (8)

Go for the ribs. They were excellent. The steak wasn’t the best (pretty gristly) but the ribs combined with the service makes this pub a venue to return to. The beer was cold, wet and well priced as well.

Enigma at the Piazza

Castle Hill

Dave dined on Tue, 26th Feb 2019 (7)

The food was very nice. Great company and good food made for an great night. The Octopus looked the best dish on the table, and the Fig and date Pudding was delicious.

Vizio Caffe e Cucina


Dave dined on Thu, 6th Dec 2018 (7)

The service was informal and excellent. The food was very tasty. I had the Guazetto di Pesce (that may be spelled incorrectly) Seafood in a tomato and wine broth and I completely cleaned the bowl soaking up the liquid with bread. My partner had Arancini and the pear salad which she enjoyed and sated her hunger. The only query of the night was charging $4 for still water out of refillable bottles. It looked and tasted like tap water. If you're having beers or wine, I'd steer clear of the water.

Alegrias Spanish Tapas


Dave dined on Tue, 16th Oct 2018 (9)

I've eaten at tapas before and been left underwhelmed. Alegria's opened my eyes to Tapas. The food was excellent to share - the fried king prawns, chorizo, meat balls among others were very tasty. The service was good - thanks for the recommendations on dishes - and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Beware, the paella is large for sharing. We were stuffed by the end. A good night. Recommended.

The Bavarian Penrith


Dave dined on Tue, 18th Sep 2018 (6)

The food was fine. We had ribs which fell from the bone, but the sauce needs to be pared back - there was just too much of it. I would have the Pork Belly again and the steak and schnitzel were. It is a bit pricey.

bills in surry hills

Surry Hills

Dave dined on Fri, 20th Jul 2018 (8)

When my main arrived I looked enviously at the pan-fried Snapper, but the Chilli Pork Belly with salad was excellent. I was so glad I ordered it. The rest of the food on the table looked great and everyone enjoyed their meals. Check out the Pavlova dessert - it's huge. We weren't rushed and the atmosphere inside, on a cold night outside, was ideal. On the basis of our visit, bills at Surrey Hills is thoroughly recommended.



Dave dined on Sat, 23rd Jun 2018 (8)

Cheap and cheerful and full of flavour. Really enjoyed the meal. It’s in a pub, so not a lot of service, but that’s fine. Recommend it - big meals.

The Lane Sydney

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Wed, 6th Jun 2018 (8)

The food was good - loved the crispy skinned salmon - and the service was friendly and efficient. Make sure you have the Belgian Waffles for dessert. Enjoyed the meal. The location was a bit confusing. The trick is the restaurant is at the back of the building.

Husk & Vine


Dave dined on Mon, 23rd Apr 2018 (8)

WOW. What a funky restaurant, in a building that I remember as a car park not that long ago. The service was first class with Isabella being very knowledgeable on the menu and drinks. The portions were bigger than we expected and we couldn't finish all of the food. There was three of us sharing, an entree, two share plates and two mains and a side of chips. We should have cut back on the side and possibly one of the share plates. Make sure you're hungry when you go.

Good Pizza


Dave dined on Wed, 11th Apr 2018 (3)

It's disappointing to try out a pizza place that should be going great guns, but it wasn't. There were four tables seated and we were the second group arrived. Little things like consistent customer service (setting the table with plates, cutlery, water and glasses for table 1 and table 3, but ignoring us) is important. If you ignore customers they don't come back. Slow to take orders, and slow to deliver the food will kill a pizza joint. Ordering two dishes, you expect them to come together, not at a gap of what seemed like 10 minutes, but was probably more like 5+ minutes. Fortunately we were sharing, but still had to ask for plates. No check when purchased drinks ran out ended up on you missing on sales. I wanted to try the deserts, but I couldn't be bothered. We went elsewhere for icecreams. There were 3 people working, with one departing to deliver pizzas at one point for 20 minutes or so. Regardless, there was no welcome, and then avoidance of customers by navigating to the rear of the shop directly so you couldn't grab their attention. We experienced all three staff with our food coming out more than 40 minutes after our arrival. C'mon folks pick up your standards - there was a maximum of 10 people to serve at any one time. For half of the 70 minutes we were there, there was only four customers. I hope you listen to this criticism and really take off as a local gem.

Coco Cubano Penrith


Dave dined on Sat, 7th Apr 2018 (6)

The food is good and served promptly - no hanging around, which was appreciated. The service was poor. It's also best that you don't wash the floors with an acrid smelling mop and bucket while customers are still eating. It's off putting for the clients.

Monte Alto Eatery and Bar

Crows Nest

Dave dined on Tue, 20th Mar 2018 (7)

The food was well prepared, and interesting dishes. The service could have been much better than it was.

Bitton Alexandria


Dave dined on Fri, 9th Mar 2018 (9)

Excellent restaurant. One of my favourites.

Nok Nok Thai Eating House

Darling Harbour

Dave dined on Tue, 21st Nov 2017 (9)

Fantastic outlook - sitting outside with Tumbalong Park in front of you. The food was tasty. The Curry Puffs were the best, and the Spring Rolls generous. We had the Crispy Pork Belly which was a very good dish and the Chicken and Cashew Nuts while savouring Singha beers. A very pleasant evening meal - recommended.

Coco Cubano Top Ryde


Dave dined on Wed, 15th Nov 2017 (7)

The food was good, and well priced. The service was however very slow. There were only two wait staff on with a room full of customers. A main and dessert took around two and a half hours, with no reason from us to cause the delay. Hopefully they remedy the situation in the future as I would go back there.

Cucina Locale Revolving Restaurant


Dave dined on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 (7)

We had the 5 course tasting menu. There was plenty of food that was delicious, and the service was very good.

Booth Street Bistro


Dave dined on Mon, 20th Mar 2017 (8)

The food and service were very good. It was an enjoyable evening. The only mark down was on atmosphere. It was a Monday night, bad weather and there were no other patrons. It was very quiet. It's preferable that there's a bit of activity in the venue. Absolutely recommend it.

Playa Tulum


Dave dined on Sun, 29th Jan 2017 (8)

The food was very tasty - Chicken Enchiladas and the Beef Burrito were winners. Ordinarily I would't eat there given the mix of furnishings and so on with on-street eating, but given the food was so nice and well priced I will be back.

Wild Ginger Dining + Bar

The Rocks

Dave dined on Wed, 25th Jan 2017 (8)

This was so much better than your standard Thai meal. They had a handful of the usual Thai dishes - the green curry was nice - but they went way beyond them. The stir fried king prawns with chilli jam and cashews had bags of flavour as did the pork belly. It was pricey, but it is in The Rocks.

The Glebe Hotel


Dave dined on Wed, 11th Jan 2017 (8)

It's always good at the AYH. Been here many times, and will return many more in future.

Foreshore Brasserie at Wollongong golf Club


Dave dined on Sat, 3rd Dec 2016 (9)

It is a club with a beaut view over the golf course to the sea. I'd recommend it for just sitting on the balcony , having a drink with dinner and watching the world go by.

Flying Fajita Sistas


Dave dined on Sat, 24th Sep 2016 (8)

What else to have at this restaurant but Fajitas. The chicken was really good, while the steak was pretty chewy. The condiments were great, and we needed to order some more tortillas to finish the meal off. Pleasant meal with good table service.

Ripples at Chowder Bay


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

The food was excellent. It was a busy Saturday night, and the service was very good. The wine pricing seemed excessive - about 250% mark-up from retail.

Savour Bar and Grill

Potts Point

Dave dined on Sat, 4th Jun 2016 (4)

It was pretty disorganised. The restaurant had undergone a name change that day. They tried their best, but none of the service staff seemed to have ownership of our table and we were served by five different people. One would ask what we wanted, then two others would repeat the process. One fellow was great but he was serving room service as well. The food and drinks were good. I'm sure they have improved since the change over.

Sicilian Parramatta


Dave dined on Mon, 30th May 2016 (7)

Good food as usual. The meals were large and tasty. Make sure you go there hungry.

Via della Spiga

North Sydney

Dave dined on Tue, 10th May 2016 (5)

Sorry wish I could be more positive, but not a lot to write home about.

Red Galangal

Rouse Hill

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

Again, a beautiful Thai meal with really good table service. Always a pleasure eating here.

Mr Hobson

Port Melbourne

Dave dined on Sun, 24th Jan 2016 (9)

Very nice food and attentive service - was everything you want.

Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill

Sydney CBD

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

King Street Wharf has a great outlook, and Georges food was very good. The slow cooked Greek Lamb was delicious, Mezze dishes and salads were generous and the entree dips very tasty. Good food, good atmosphere and watching the world go by - fantastic evening out.

BMD Northcliffe Surf Club

Surfers Paradise

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

A classic Aussie club with an exceptional view. I'd never been to Northcliffe before and loved sitting down watching the world go by. Of course, you place your order at the register and buy your drinks at the bar, but on a sunny day overlooking the beach, there's no better place to be. The food was good and the beverages cold. Perfect.

Bistro On3


Dave dined on Thu, 19th Nov 2015 (8)

Hidden on Level 3 of the Sofitel in Broadbeach, this restaurant provides a classic Sofitel grade experience. Good food and attentive service. The Beef and Burgundy Pot Pie was delicious.

1896 Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Sat, 14th Nov 2015 (5)

Was just disappointed. It wasn't very busy, and it's not very big, but the dishes took (what seemed) forever to arrive.Dirty glasses (lipstick), wet glasses - they'd just come out of the dishwasher - and handing plates across the table to diners instead of walking around the table and placing them in front of the customer showed they were lacking in service skills. The Canadian waitress was very pleasant to talk to. The other staff made no effort at interaction with us - except denying the lipstick and assuring us the wet glasses were OK, because they'd come from the dishwasher..The food was OK.

Criniti's Woolloomooloo


Dave dined on Thu, 15th Oct 2015 (9)

Great venue and great food. Out of Parramatta, Manly and Wooloomooloo, my preference is for Wolloomooloo.

Squires Loft Docklands


Dave dined on Fri, 25th Sep 2015 (9)

Great food, great service. My steak was perfectly cooked. It just melted in my mouth. Excellent.

The Flynn

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Wed, 16th Sep 2015 (8)

It's a city pub that serves far, far better than your average pub food at pub food prices, with very attentive service along the way. A pleasurable experience all round.

Criniti's Manly


Dave dined on Sun, 13th Sep 2015 (7)

Come to the Manly Criniti's on a nice day, sit outside and watch the world go by while eating and drinking. The food was great, the service was so-so. Finish off with the Gelato.

The Cuban Place

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Thu, 10th Sep 2015 (8)

Great atmosphere - cool venue. Had a really nice meal, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Port Bar Restaurant


Dave dined on Thu, 10th Sep 2015 (8)

Nice outlook over the Ferry wharf added to a pleasant meal. Loved the Pork Belly.

Sicilian Parramatta


Dave dined on Sun, 30th Aug 2015 (6)

The meals are large, which suit the pricing. I'd forgo the entree and aim for a dessert. That is if there's any room left after the main.

Bitton Alexandria


Dave dined on Thu, 20th Aug 2015 (9)

Beaut food and even better service. I had the lamb while my wife had the trout. The flavours were delicious - then we finished off sharing three desserts. Thoroughly recommended.

Criniti's Parramatta


Dave dined on Tue, 28th Jul 2015 (5)

The food was very good. The ribs were very popular at our table - be very hungry if you order the kilogram of pork ribs. The service was hit and miss - we seemed to have two wait staff, who either came around at the same time or were missing in action for long stretches. It was a very busy place, but to take 20 minutes to start to clear the table, then only do half of it and not return, doesn't explain it. After waiting another 20 minutes we gave up without even seeing the waitress or the dessert menu.

Spanish Tapas


Dave dined on Thu, 7th May 2015 (7)

Lots of tasty plates were had. The quantities were reasonable and service was prompt.

The Canopy

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Tue, 24th Mar 2015 (8)

The food was very good and came in good sized serves. Best to come hungry if you want more than one course.

Aegean Blu


Dave dined on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 (9)

George, the owner was really great. The food was great and the service was fantastic. The Meze plate was great value, and filling. I walked away stuffed. and happy.

The Glebe Hotel


Dave dined on Thu, 5th Feb 2015 (9)

I love this place. The service is excellent and the food is very good. It ranges from cheap eats (<$20) to good dining dishes. Been here twice and very satisfied both times.

Mumu Grill

Crows Nest

Dave dined on Sun, 1st Feb 2015 (7)

This is a Grill and you come here for meat. My party had steaks and pork ribs. My steak was well cooked and the ribs were also delicious. The kg ribs are big - you'd best be hungry to order them. You may not need sides. I ordered the greens but didn't really need them as the steak came with beans and chips. Good food and Good service.

Chophouse Sydney

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Mon, 8th Dec 2014 (9)

I took 6 clients and they all rated the venue. This is a steak place, and they were cooked perfectly.

The Governors Kitchen

Sydney CBD

Dave dined on Sat, 6th Dec 2014 (10)

The restaurant was fantastic.the food exceptional and the service even surpassed he food. The four of us had a wonderful dining experience. Will come again.

Red Galangal

Rouse Hill

Dave dined on Sat, 8th Nov 2014 (9)

The Red Galangal specialties were especially tasty and dishes you don't see at other (ordinary) Thai restaurants. Soft Shell Crab, Lamb with Figs, Pork Belly and the regulars of Penang Chicken curry and Chicken, Cashew with Chilli Jam made for a filing meal for four. Not a disappointing dish was had.


Surry Hills

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

Very pleasant meal.


Neutral Bay

Dave dined on Sat, 27th Sep 2014 (8)

Yum. Good all-rounder. Food, service, atmosphere. Would be great for a group

Q dining

Circular Quay

Dave dined on Wed, 24th Sep 2014 (9)

Nothing to fault with the meal. Would go back

The Glebe Hotel


Dave dined on Wed, 17th Sep 2014 (8)

The food was very nice. It's definitely a much much higher grade than pub food. It was a very busy night and while the wait staff were friendly they were run off their feet. The kitchen took a while to prepare the meals - two courses took nearly three hours. The food was delicious. Would happily return again.

Catch Restaurant - Hilton Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Dave dined on Sat, 19th Jul 2014 (8)

The food was excellent and the service was better. A great night out with tapas appetisers, entree, main and dessert.

Mexican Los Amates


Dave dined on Tue, 25th Mar 2014 (8)

Cosy venue good for a small group

Ripples at Chowder Bay


Dave dined on Wed, 16th Oct 2013 (8)

The view over Chowder bay was beautiful and the service was great.

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