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Fratelli Fresh Westfield Sydney

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Tue, 16th Jul 2019 (9)

I booked the Truffle special for my husband and I to try as we've never had it at Fratelli Fresh and needless to say, the courses were delicious. It was obvious that shaved truffles were on the first 3 savoury courses although in the tiramisu, I'm unsure if it was even in there. When asked, the waitress said that the chef had finely grated it in one of the layers of the tiramisu. Still couldn't see it nor taste it though. Overall, a nice experience.

Holy Duck!

Chippendale

Joy dined on Fri, 28th Jun 2019 (7)

The second time I’ve been to Holy Duck and we really enjoyed the signature Crispy Duck, Crispy Pork and Pork Belly, Steamed Greens and the Seafood Ee Fuu Noodles. All Chinese classics that you can’t go with wrong with.

Chat Thai Circular Quay

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 14th Jun 2019 (9)

Chat Thai’s always been a personal favourite of mine. The dishes are vibrant and bursting with flavour. We had the Massaman Curry with rice, Fried Chicken Wings and my favourite, Amy’s Noodle!! The Fried Chicken Wings were TO DIE FOR!! Each mouthful was just hot, crispy and so succulent! The Massaman Curry with rice was hearty and Amy Noodle is sweet and tasty. It made this meal so worth it with the $20 off the bill thanks to my Fork vouchers.

Sash Japanese Surry Hills

Surry Hills

Joy dined on Sun, 2nd Jun 2019 (9)

I came here with friends for a 50% off the bill promotion. The food was all beautiful presented and tasted delicious all except for the Lamb Ribs. The fat on the lamb ribs were not rendered and were still white and solid, making it very unpleasant to eat. I took one bite and couldn’t finish the ribs. Looking back, we should have sent the dish back to the kitchen. I hope the owners of this establishment take note. If we do return, it won’t be for the lamb ribs that’s for sure!! The tacos, baos and buns were their specialty!

Fratelli Fresh Alexandria

Alexandria

Joy dined on Sun, 26th May 2019 (9)

Came here for a belated Mother's Day lunch with the Winter Menu Tasting special. It was lovely trying all the Winter specials at a discount as they had things on there that isn't on the normal menu. The Pecorino Cheese Wheel pasta definitely is a special dish. All in all, it was such great value that we ended up getting 2 x additional dishes as takeaways to eat for another meal!

Harvest Buffet

Pyrmont

Joy dined on Sat, 25th May 2019 (8)

I’ve been here a few times now and every time you come, they change up the food choices slightly. If you’re not a seafood fan, then you probably won’t get the best value out of this as there were a few fresh seafood choices. It does get crowded and helps if you have a booking already. I felt as though the food choices were slightly better last time as there were freshly made waffles available in the dessert section.

Lee Ho Fook

Melbourne CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 16th May 2019 (9)

First time here at Lee Ho Fook and I was right in claiming a TheFork voucher for this! The ambience was dark and mysterious. Beautiful and opulent. My friends and I loved the music that was quietly playing over the speakers. We loved the Fujian Fried Rice, the iconic deep-fried eggplant and the beautifully balanced scallops. The stir-fried potato was our least favourite dish of all. The dessert banquet was a little bit miniscule and could have been a bit more generous. The jasmine creme caramel was to die for! Overall, I would definitely revisit to try their other food!

Rosetta

Southbank

Joy dined on Wed, 15th May 2019 (9)

First time at Rosetta and it did not disappoint! The pastas and meats were all cooked so perfectly. Beautiful, Parisian-themed restaurant. Definitely return!

The Cut Bar & Grill

The Rocks

Joy dined on Tue, 7th May 2019 (9)

This was a great place for a work Committee dinner. The service and food was pretty delicious. The Prime Rib seems to be one of their best sellers but beware, it’s a pretty hefty serve!! The Crumbed Lamb Cutlets was delicious. Loved the roast potatoes as well as the shoe string fries with it.

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Mon, 6th May 2019 (9)

Coming here on a Monday with their Fratelli Friends 50% discount makes a Monday lunch super worthwhile! I ALWAYS get the Crab Spaghettini and Prawn Pizza because these are ALWAYS a winner and doesn't compare to anything else on their menu! Try it and you won't be disappointed!

Bellucci Cucina

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 2nd May 2019 (8)

Booking a table here with a special deal via TheFork made this a very worthwhile experience. We ordered the Porcini Pizza and the Lamb Pappardelle. The pasta was lovely although the pasta could have been a bit more al dente. The pizza was the one that was disappointing. The kale that was wilted on top of the pizza did not make this very visually appealing and the toppings seemed to lack zest and flavour. There was barely any taste of truffle oil either. Overall, it was a good experience although I'm unsure if I would return soon. It is best to book this when there is a special going on.

Mordeo Bistro & Bar

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 (9)

First time dining here and we used a TheFork voucher. The crispy pork ribs are to die for and we ordered the Funghi Ravioli and Gamberi Pizza. The ravioli was lovely and the pizza was tasty except I thought the prawns they used weren’t the best. They were tiny. Overall, I would return again!

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 18th Apr 2019 (8)

This was sadly our last visit at Sushi Tei as they were shutting down for good on Easter Saturday. It was great to enjoy the Chawanmushi and the Teriyaki Chicken Zen Set one last time. To mark the occasion, we also ordered the Aburi Sushi Platter and Prawn Tempura as well. Both were delicious. Goodbye, Sushi Tei. It’s been a fun ride. =(

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 11th Apr 2019 (8)

Sushi Tei’s lunch sets are worthy of coming here during your lunch break. Enough variety to suit the pickiest of eaters as well as a very comprehensive a la carte menu. Such a shame they will be shutting down after Good Friday.

Japanese Yakiniku Ginza North Point

North Sydney

Joy dined on Thu, 4th Apr 2019 (10)

Our first time here was via a promotion that The Fork ran. The Wagyu Platter we ordered was just outstanding. The presentation of the platter, with the little touches like the flowers, veggies that you would cook as well as the little signs that would tell you which meat was which cut was just a beautiful touch. The Prawn Nanban & Scallop Carpaccio were beautiful as entrees as well as the Ikura and Seared Scampi. We ordered the Pork Ribs & the Japanese Oyster Blade on top of that as well to finish our meal. For dessert, we had the Matcha Sensation & Ginza Blancmange. Both were delicious and very light, typical Japanese desserts. Would definitely return!

The Rook

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 (8)

This is the second time I've been here and I've enjoyed the food and drinks. The food's a little on the expensive side because they specialise in lobster. I think if you were to get a hot roll then you should go with "The New Haven". My husband ordered this and I was just green with envy as I went with "The Lobster Roy" which was what I had last time. It was good but I think I'd prefer "The New Haven" more. I also love that you can download the "Australian Venue Co" app and get $10 to spend instantly! Whoo hoo!

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Mon, 25th Feb 2019 (8)

I love coming here on Mondays and Tuesdays for their $12 lunch specials. Delicious food and good value!

Chat Thai Circular Quay

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Mon, 11th Feb 2019 (9)

One of my personal faves is the "Amy's Noodle" dish. The 2 x king prawns and the noodles with that sweet and savoury sauce is one of my "dream about" dishes. Love it so much. Even better when I have a $10 birthday voucher from Chat Thai to use!

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Sat, 9th Feb 2019 (8)

Such a great night spent here with friends as I booked a deal from The Fork which meant our meal was very worthwhile! The value was great but I have to admit, some of the plating of the sushi looked very messy and not at all sexy. I think there needs to be more work there.

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 (8)

I love coming to Fratelli Fresh when I have their special birthday voucher as it is particularly great value for money! The Crab Spaghettini & Prawn and Garlic Pizza are to die for! We always get this whenever we visit and it is always consistently delicious!! The birthday banoffee torte was also a crowd-pleaser as well and perfect for the two of us that shared the meal. Thank you, Fratelli Fresh for a wonderful birthday experience!

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 18th Jan 2019 (8)

During this particular visit, we had a $50 voucher to redeem which meant we only paid a small amount out of pocket which was nice! We ordered the Grilled Chicken with Wasabi Dressing that was on the seasonal menu and a Teriyaki Chicken with a side of rice. For entrees, we had 2 x Chawanmushis, one with Ikura and the other was just the standard and also shared an Aburi Sushi Platter. The entrees were great however the biggest disappointment for me was the Grilled Chicken with Wasabi dressing. Just under a fortnight ago, my husband had the same dish and the chicken was grilled perfectly on the outside (a little crispy) and it was tender on the inside. The chicken I had was very pale and didn't seem to have that nice crispness to it. I was really disappointed and wanted to send it back but my husband told me not to as it wasn't terrible. In the end, we ended up swapping chickens as I couldn't eat it anymore and preferred the Teriyaki one. It's a little disappointing that the consistency isn't always the same.

Ribs and Rumps North Ryde

Macquarie Park

Joy dined on Fri, 11th Jan 2019 (8)

We came here because of The Fork’s 50% off special and it made this meal very worthwhile. We had the Sizzling Mushrooms for entree, a Full Rack of Premium Pork Ribs, the Ribs, Ribs, Ribs Platter, 3 x sauces, a Salted Caramel Creme Brûlée & New York Cheesecake. The mushrooms were very delicious and had a mixed variety of mushrooms. Very tasty with the little crouton-like bread. Would definitely order these again! The Ribs were tender and basted well, accompanied by nicely seasoned chips and roasted potatoes. As usual, I enjoyed the Salted Caramel Creme Brûlée very much but my husband didn’t think the New York Cheesecake was anything special. He said the texture was a little hard for his liking. All in all, it was a great meal at a great price!

Biviano's Dural

Dural

Joy dined on Thu, 20th Dec 2018 (9)

I took my bestie here for a birthday dinner and we had: 1. Scallops 2. Tempura Camembert 3. 2 x Surf & Turf Steaks 4. Steamed Mixed Greens 5. Passionfruit Creme Brûlée And 2 x cocktails. I must say, the food was outstandingly delicious as well as our drinks. The service from our waitress was professional and prompt but we did encounter 2 x other female staff who were a little abrupt and also untrained in not knowing when was appropriate to remove our entree plates. I would highly recommend Biviano’s Dural for any special occasion! The place is stunning.

Fratelli Fresh Westfield Sydney

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 13th Dec 2018 (9)

I came here for dinner with a good friend of mine and we had the Prawn & Garlic Pizza and the Crab Spaghettini to share. It was nice that our waiter promoted the 5 for $5 Happy Hour drinks so we ended up trying the Aperol Spritz for $5 each! The drink was refreshing but it did taste a little watered down. The pizza and pasta were both perfect. We both LOVED the crab spag. An absolute must-try! The atmosphere and fit-out of the restaurant was very vibrant and fun. Definitely very busy with lots of groups on a Thursday night.

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 6th Dec 2018 (8)

I came here for a week day lunch with my husband and a friend. I love the lunch menu and how much variety there is. For $18 I got the Teriyaki Chicken Kaizen Set which was filling but not overbearing. Such a good place to come for a work lunch!

Aqua Dining

Milsons Point

Joy dined on Sun, 25th Nov 2018 (9)

I took my husband here for his birthday celebration and was not disappointed. We had a wonderful table right on the balcony overlooking the gorgeous views. We did not have any other tables blocking our view which was great! The food and drinks were all spectacular except my Wagyu Beef was a little chewy in some areas (it all depends on the cut of the beef) which was a little off-putting for me as some very minor parts were inedible. The service was top-notch and the food and drinks to match the ambience was a perfect way to celebrate my husband's birthday.

Fratelli Fresh Crows Nest

Crows Nest

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

Came here for my husband’s birthday celebration with his family. The team were attentive and the food was delicious. Love the fit-out of the restaurant. Wasn’t as noisy nor busy as the Bridge Street one.

Yayoi Garden

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Mon, 19th Nov 2018 (8)

I came here with my husband and a friend for a final dinner before Yayoi Garden shuts down for good. We had the A La Carte menu and ordered: 1. 3 x Chawanmushis 2. Renkon Chips to share 3. Wagyu Tataki to share 4. Aburi Salmon sushi to share 5. Wagyu Sukiyaki Udon Hot Pot 6. Wagyu Beef Steak 7. Salmon 8. 2 x bowls of rice I didn't enjoy the vegetarian they put inside the Aburi Salmon - cucumber and carrots. Didn't seem very authentically Japanese. Aburi Salmon didn't have a very nice charred taste to it either. Chawanmushi was a little small but cooked perfectly. The 3 x mains - Salmon, Udon Hot Pot & Wagyu Steak were all quite small in its serving size and doesn't come with a side of miso soup nor rice. The rice had to be ordered separately. It was quite pricey for a very small serving size. The overall taste and food presentation was beautiful and the wait staff professional and attentive. Will be sad to see this place go.

Gazette

Perth CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 15th Nov 2018 (9)

The group thoroughly enjoyed their time there.

Yayoi Garden

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 2nd Nov 2018 (8)

We ordered The Garden Course for two and both really enjoyed our meal however there were 3 x courses I felt were a letdown and they were: 1. The soy Kingfish - didn’t enjoy the saltiness of the sauce and felt the fish was average overall. I would have preferred a Cod over this. 2. Mushroom Risotto - definitely nothing like a Risotto! There was no cream nor cheese, only what seemed like a congee with barely any mushrooms in my serve (my husband got 2 x Shiitake mushrooms and gladly gave one to me!) and a few pippis. The flavour was very one-dimensional and I didn’t eat most of mine because it was so piping hot. 3. Coconut Milk with Matcha Ice-Cream Zenzai - didn’t enjoy the taste of coconut milk drizzled on top of the match ice-cream and definitely didn’t enjoy the taste nor texture of the jelly things at the bottom of the glass. All the other dishes were delicious, with the Wagyu Steak being our favourite course! Service was pretty attentive throughout the night. Such a shame that this restaurant is closing down at the end of November 2018 though.

Tutto Bene

Southbank

Joy dined on Tue, 30th Oct 2018 (8)

My friends and I came here for a dinner on a Tue night. Loved all the food and drinks we ordered except I felt my Spaghettini was a little plain to taste. We had the best view in the house overlooking the Yarra River. Best time to redeem a $20 Dimmi voucher.

Tonka

Melbourne CBD

Joy dined on Tue, 30th Oct 2018 (10)

The group really enjoyed their food and drinks there. Said the food was outstanding.

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 25th Oct 2018 (8)

I came here with a friend for the $10 Pasta Special. We both ordered a Lemon, Lime Bitters & the Crab Spaghettini. Delicious as always but I did notice that the serving size as well as the portions of crab were a little smaller compared to the normal full-sized dish. I guess maybe because it was a special, they may had to resize portions. Still delicious though.

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 5th Oct 2018 (8)

We came here for the first time and had heard good reviews on all Fratelli Fresh chains from various friends. We ordered: 1. Glass of Pinot Nero 2. The Prawn & Garlic Pizza 3. Crab Spaghettini 4. Vanilla Pannacotta 5. Tirasmisu We enjoyed every single item that we ordered. The Prawn & Garlic Pizza was very tasty and fresh. Big balls of cherry tomatoes and onions which added sweetness to the pizza and good little chunks of prawns were to be seen too. Our fave was the Crab Spaghettini. It was evident that they were quite generous with the amount of crab spread throughout the pasta and it was just beautiful in its flavour and presentation. Definitely keen for this again! I loved my Vanilla Pannacotta. It had the perfect wobble and creaminess to it and paired beautifully with the passionfruit sauce and apricots. The Tiramisu is a very generous serve! My husband struggled to finish it! He said it was probably one of the best Tiramisus he’s ever had! So impressed with our meal that I signed up for the rewards program. You get this cute little key ring with “Fratelli Fresh” on it! The only downside was that there were a lot of people there so it was a little loud and hard to carry a conversation. It’s a good sign though that they were so packed. The bathrooms are also very quirky, combining a big space with mens’ and womens’ cubicles once you walk in and the hand basins are communal and shared. There’s also a private dining room for those who wish to have a private function. It’s a funky restored old space. Will be back for sure.

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 5th Oct 2018 (9)

I came here for lunch with a friend and we had the lunch special Teriyaki Chicken Zen set. My chicken had less char on it than usual and didn’t taste as BBQed compared to previous times when I’ve had it. It wasn’t terrible but wasn’t the best I’ve had either. My friend asked for a hot green tea but it came warm in which he wanted hotter. When he asked for it to be made hotter, I think the message was lost in translation as he did not get a hotter green tea.

Salt Meats Cheese- Circular Quay

Circular Quay

Joy dined on Wed, 26th Sep 2018 (7)

We came here on a Wed night for the Flamin’ Cheese Pasta special. The theatrics of it was a novelty and the dish looked appealing. After several bites of the pasta, it became quite overwhelming because of its richness and creaminess. We had to order the Meatballs entree to break up the creaminess. The Meatballs were very tasty! The tomato sauce was sweet and sour, perfectly accompanied by the thin strips of toasted bread. Yum!! Worth a try if you’ve never had this before.

Yebisu Bar & Grill

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 20th Sep 2018 (8)

This is the second time I've been to Yebisu and very glad we came here for an early dinner on a Thursday night as it wasn't very busy. The restaurant was not even half full. The yakitori range here is really delicious as well as the various fried rice. I love the vast variety of the menu as there's something on the menu for everyone.

Sushi Tei

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Mon, 17th Sep 2018 (9)

I love coming to Sushi Tei during lunch hours especially on Mon-Tue to the specials they have running. You can get a set meal for $12! Pretty good value for money! I love their Teriyaki Chicken Taizen set. You get a good variety of little side dishes and very nicely seared teriyaki chicken. Also love the decor and ambience of this restaurant although sometimes you can see how it’s been around for a while and some things look a little old and worn. Love their variety on the menu too. There’s something here for everyone!

Sugar n Spice

Chatswood

Joy dined on Fri, 24th Aug 2018 (8)

Sugar n Spice is tucked away near one of the car park entrances on Level 2. It is a little hard to find as it’s hidden away in the corner. Came here for a Fri dinner with my husband and two friends and we ordered: 1. Chicken wings as entree 2. BBQ pork ribs with chips 3. Beef bourguignon with mashed potato 4. 2 x steaks with chips 5. Heirloom carrots 6. Broccolini 7. 2 x Churros with chocolate sauce and one with vanilla bean ice-cream 8. Camomile tea, Belgian Hot Chocolate & Nutella Hot Chocolate The chicken wings were delicious - deep-fried and paired well with the tarragon sauce. I had the pork ribs with chips. The pork ribs were fall off the bone but the meat itself was a little bit dry. Tasty but not the juiciest ribs I’ve had. I generally don’t love shoestring fries (I prefer thicker cut chips) but these fries were surprisingly crunchy and not very oily at all. Also had a very nice reddish seasoning on it which was appealing. I loved the way the heirloom carrots were cooked. Had a nice garlicky sauce on it! Very juicy and tender! I could eat a whole plate myself! The broccolini were also delicious too. My friends’ steaks looked well-cooked and delicious. My husband’s comment on the beef bourguignon was that the beef was a little dry and the potatoes within the stew too powdery. May have been a dish that was cooked some time ago? The churros with vanilla bean ice-cream & chocolate sauce was very more-ish! The little bits of strawberry on the side was nice although my husband and I weren’t big fans of the meringue. Nothing personal against meringue or the way it was made - we just don’t like it generally speaking. My friends however ate all their meringue. Service was attentive and fast. Our waitress was very gentle and patient with us. She checked with the kitchen whenever uncertain about something and was very polite. It was really nice that the chef came out to speak to us about the food to see how everything went. I think it was a very nice personal touch. The restaurant has a nice feminine touch to it in its furniture design and the colours utilised. Apparently it’s very popular for high tea and seems like the perfect cafe to visit when you need a break from shopping!

Tokyo Laundry

Sydney

Joy dined on Wed, 15th Aug 2018 (9)

Came here for a Wed night bite with my husband and a good friend and we ordered: 1. Sashimi 3 Kinds - Tuna, Kingfish and Salmon 2. 2 sets of Sushi Tacos 3. Tempura Prawn Popcorn 4. Wagyu Steak 5. Miso Cod 6. Beef Sukiyaki Udon for my friend 7. Katsu Chicken Curry for my husband 8. Steamed Rice for me All dishes were cooked perfectly with the Sushi Tacos being the biggest highlight of the evening. Crunchy nori encases the cubed salmon sashimi and some tasty mayo. This is definitely a must-try! The tempura prawn popcorn was very more-ish and kept you wanting more. Especially tasty with a bowl of steamed rice. The Wagyu steak was delicious and the Miso Cod very rich and sweet. It became a bit overwhelming after a while. I was surprised that the steamed rice was like a mixed type of rice, not your typical white rice. Wasn’t my favourite type of rice to be honest. Service was fantastic that night. Wait staff were attentive and fulfilled all requests quickly and the food came flying out very quickly too. My husband did wonder if the restaurant had undergone a change of management and I noticed that the menu was different to the one on their website. The decor and ambience in this restaurant is very modern and comfortable. You are invited to stay and chat for as long as you want here and not feel rushed unless your booking states you must vacate by a certain time.

Capriccio Osteria

Leichhardt

Joy dined on Sun, 29th Jul 2018 (7)

Came here for a Sun night bite with my husband and we ordered: 1. Beef carpaccio with truffle 2. Chicken wings 3. Fettuccine 4. Duck ravioli with truffle 5. Panna Cotta The beef carpaccio was on their Truffle special and we loved watching the truffle being grated onto the dish. Chicken wings were succulent and grilled nicely with a very tasty mayo on the side. The duck ravioli was unusual and once again, we loved the freshly grated truffle on top. The mince inside reminded me of spaghetti bolognese. The fettuccine was the dish I had looked forward to the most as last time I came here, I really enjoyed this dish. We finished with the panna cotta as my husband loved this during our last visit and I had a few bites. The light custard apple flavour pairs well with the fresh sliced coconut and berry jam. Service was very quick for the entrees but a little bit of a wait for our mains and quick again for dessert. Wait staff were attentive to some degree and fulfilled all requests quickly but I felt as though they could have smiled a bit more and made it out to enjoy their jobs more. It seemed very serious and tense most of the time watching them move about. Love all the trinkets and decorations around the place. Gave you something to look at while you waited for food. A word of warning though - it’s unlikely you will get a table location of your choice as it seems they are quite busy and reluctant to put a table of 2 upstairs where it seems to cater mainly for groups 4 and above. The first time we came, we sat next to the door and was unpleasant whenever it was opened as the cold air would blow in and we were not allowed to move to a table near the counter when it became available and the only tables left were the high bar ones. The owner at least made an effort to turn on the heater when we told them about the cold air coming through the door whenever it was opened. Yesterday we were offered a bar table near the counter as it was the only one left and when we asked to go upstairs, they told us it wasn’t available. They seem reluctant to let you pick your seating as it’s a small restaurant. Having a Dimmi Restaurant Month deal made this worthwhile for us although it didn’t apply to the Truffle special but we weren’t informed of this at the beginning when the menus were handed to us so we ended up paying considerably more than we thought we would.

Ribs and Rumps North Ryde

Macquarie Park

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

Came here for a Fri night bite with my husband and we ordered: 1. 1/4kg of chicken wings (4 wings in reality) in Honey BBQ 2. Ribs, Ribs, Ribs platter to share complete with a Pepper & Mushroom sauce. 3. Salted Caramel Creme Brûlée 4. Apple Crumble that was the special The wings were nice and saucy (we kept the sauce to eat with our ribs platter), the rib platter didn’t disappoint and I loved the lamb & beef ribs more than the pork (normally pork’s my fave but these had a bit more fat on them and weren’t very lean). Mushroom sauce was nice but the pepper sauce had a strange acidic flavour that I wasn’t particularly fond of but my husband didn’t seem to mind. We left a few ribs behind and took the leftovers home. Both desserts were DELICIOUS and I was so happy with my Creme Brûlée! I definitely recommend it! Hubby loved his Apple Crumble too. Service was fantastic that night. Wait staff were attentive and fulfilled all requests quickly and the food came flying out very quickly too. We came here during the dollar for dollar promotion on their Tribe app which made this worthwhile for us and we would definitely return!

Lan Yuan Top Ryde

Ryde

Joy dined on Mon, 9th Jul 2018 (10)

Came here for a Mon night bite with my husband and some good friends and we ordered: 1. Peking Duck 2 Courses. 2nd course we chose duck noodles. 2. Pan Fried Dumplings 3. Black Pepper Beef 4. Baby Spinach with Chinese Mushrooms 5. Fujian Fried Rice All dishes were cooked perfectly with the Duck courses being our fave followed by the Beef being my next faves. The duck noodles was the biggest surprise of all - they came crispy! Thin crispy egg noodles that got softer over time by the sauce. This was so delicious with a tiny spicy kick which proved to be a bit much for my friend but the rest of us loved it. The black pepper beef was so tender and packed full of flavour. The pan fried dumplings were juicy on the inside and a little bit crispy on the outside. We really couldn’t fault anything we ordered. Service was fantastic. Wait staff were attentive and fulfilled all requests quickly and the food came flying out very quickly too. Loved the ambience as it was quiet but there were also other patrons around with the restaurant being very new and the decor very pleasant to look at. Having a Dimmi Restaurant Month deal (50% off food!) made this worthwhile for us and we would definitely return!

Mamasan Surry Hills

Surry Hills

Joy dined on Sat, 7th Jul 2018 (9)

Came here for a Sat night bite with my husband and a good friend and we ordered: 1. Tuna Tataki 2. One Bite Beef 3. Duck Pancakes 4. Moreton Bay Bugs 5. Wild Mushrooms Mix 6. 3 x Onigiris 7. 2 x Espresso Martini 8. 1 x Berry Sparkle Mocktail 9. Custard Buns 10. The Gooey 11. Purple Sticky Rice dessert All dishes were cooked perfectly with the Moreton Bag bugs being our fave followed by the Mushroom Mix & Beef being my next faves. The duck pancakes didn’t surpass traditional Peking Duck pancakes I found as the skin wasn’t crispy. A little ordinary and I could easily skip it next time. The Custard Buns were very underwhelming so don’t order this. The Gooey was nice and perfect for 1 person. Service was fantastic that night. Wait staff were attentive and fulfilled all requests quickly and the food came flying out very quickly too. The drinks took longer than the food which was interesting. Love all the trinkets and decorations around the place. Having a Liven deal made this worthwhile for us and we would definitely return again!

Chat Thai Circular Quay

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Sat, 21st Apr 2018 (7)

Came here for lunch and ordered the Crab Spring Rolls, Pork Ribs, Crab Fried Rice, Amy’s Noodles & the Stir-fried Barramundi with steamed rice. Food was tasty but my fave would have to be Amy’s Noodles. Spicy and the 2 x large prawns made this dish a highlight. Would definitely come back for this. Menu was extensive with loads of choices.

Flying Egg

St Leonards

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

I booked a table for my work colleague’s birthday celebrations. I had the mushroom pasta which was nice. My colleagues had burgers and salads. Everything looked very Instagramable. A pretty good haunt for the week day.

Abhi's Indian Restaurant

North Strathfield

Joy dined on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 (9)

I came here for my birthday and booked months in advance. The service was fantastic - the wait staff were prompt and remembered all our requests despite the restaurant being booked out and extremely busy. The staff were very accommodating towards my guests and I as we were a group of 10 and our food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. We had Banquet 1 and the food was delicious despite there being a slight gap between entree and main. I loved that there was free cakeage. Staff were also very prompt to reply to my emails. I would come here again.

Chefs Gallery Parramatta

Parramatta

Joy dined on Thu, 4th Jan 2018 (8)

I came here with some friends and we ate: 1. Duck with lychees 2. Wonton soup 3. Crab fried rice 4. Dan dan noodles 5. Spicy wontons 6. Curry beef noodle soup 7. Ox tail 8. Peking duck roti The food came out fairly quickly and was quite tasty although the service could be a little more attentive. Still one of my fave Chinese places though.

Lot. One Potts Point

Potts Point

Joy dined on Sat, 28th Oct 2017 (7)

We had the 5-course "Leave It To Us" selection and had the following: 1. Calamari 2. Gnocchi 3. Fettucine 4. Swordfish 5. Pork Neck They were all tasty but my favourites were the Fettucine and Pork Neck whereas my husband's favourite was the Swordfish and the Pork Neck. Food was well-presented and came out on time. The "Leave It To Us" menu can be confusing and may leave some disappointed with some of the food that they may not expect so it's a risky option to choose for those who are fussy eaters. I think a set banquet menu should be considered by the establishment as well. Overall, I think this place was a good find although not my most favourite place.

Casa Ristorante Italiano

Darling Harbour

Joy dined on Fri, 1st Sep 2017 (8)

Used in conjunction with Liven, this restaurant was a very good value for money place to dine. We ordered the funghi antipasti, mushroom pasta & scallop pizza complete with the chocolate dome and tiramisu for dessert. The flavours were tame but delish. Great place to take a big group as they offer a private room. The service was just fantastic with the wait staff very attentive and accommodating.

Chao Ba - Chatswood

Chatswood

Joy dined on Tue, 4th Jul 2017 (7)

The restaurant manager was extremely warm and welcoming! Addressed me by name and was very complimentary. We ordered the black pepper beef, coconut milk chicken curry, steamed rice and the crispy dumplings that looked like curry puffs. The food was all tasty and felt homemade which was a comforting touch. Thank you. Will come back next time to try other dishes.

Yayoi Garden

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 (9)

We had the soft shell crab sushi, beef tataki, wagyu beef steak, black cod and steamed rice for dinner to celebrate EOFY. All of it, YUM!! My faves would be the wagyu steak and black cod. Both meats were very tender and melt-in-your mouth types! Highly recommend it! Will definitely come back!

The Ohbar Thai cuisine 1982

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 (10)

Love the food and service here. Restaurant also looks very funky with a nice ambience. =) I especially love the Stir-Fried Mushrooms dish. Yum!

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining

Darlinghurst

Joy dined on Fri, 23rd Jun 2017 (8)

The scallops were amazing! Perfectly cooked and dressed simply and elegantly. Yum! Diavola pizza and chunky cut chips with Parmesan and Truffle were tasty too and I love that they're wood-fired pizzas. Shame it was so loud and extremely squishy though.

The Rice Den

Crows Nest

Joy dined on Wed, 14th Jun 2017 (9)

Pork wonton soup was to die for!! Amazing! Fab Prawn Nasi Goreng as usual too. Chang Dynasty Mocktail was extremely delicious and refreshing! A must-try!

The Rice Den

Crows Nest

Joy dined on Thu, 18th May 2017 (9)

As usual, loved the lunch special of 'Prawn Nasi Goreng'. Perfection. The lamb spring rolls weren't the best spring rolls I've had as the skin was a bit too thick.

Open Kitchen Hetai

Macquarie Park

Joy dined on Sat, 25th Mar 2017 (7)

Dinner was very pricey for what it was. I think it may have been better to come here for the Yum Cha lunch than for dinner. We had 1/2 Peking Duck, Dim Sim Platter, Dried Shredded Scallop & Egg Fried Rice & Black Pepper Beef. Came to $115 for the 2 of us and we had leftovers. Very pricey for what it was but the food was tasty. Fried rice was extremely tasteless so be warned.

The Rice Den

Crows Nest

Joy dined on Fri, 17th Mar 2017 (9)

I've been here twice for work lunches and must say that the food is extremely tasty and authentic as well as a bit fusion-y. I got the sense that I was transported overseas to Asia! Really recommend the Soft Shell Crab Noodles, the Duck Popcorn Rice Salad & the Braised Beef Cheek! Love the decor and the little touches in the restaurant. Makes the place vibrant yet cosy.

The Cut Bar & Grill

The Rocks

Joy dined on Thu, 16th Mar 2017 (9)

Came here with a work colleague and my husband. The Yellowfin Tuna Tartare is amazing! Absolutely recommended! The Hub had the Surf & Turf which was so delicious too while I had the Spiced Pork Tenderloin. Colleague had the Upper Cut and said it was very tender. Would definitely come here again.

Ribs and Rumps Manly

Manly

Joy dined on Sat, 4th Mar 2017 (9)

The service here is always consistently great. The food is also very tasty and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. Very sad they will be shutting down at the end of March though as this has always been our favourite Ribs & Rumps Restaurant. =(

Zushi Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst

Joy dined on Fri, 3rd Mar 2017 (8)

The food is nice here, beautifully presented and tastes amazing. The Sashimi Tacos are a more like a Sashimi Nachos and was our favourite dish of the night. Definitely a must-try! Wagyu Roll & the Eggplant were also quite outstanding and very delicious!

At Bangkok

Haymarket

Joy dined on Fri, 17th Feb 2017 (9)

Had the Duck Soup Noodles with dark soy sauce and it was yum! The serving size could be a little bigger though but for $8 it's pretty good!! My friend had the Tom Yum noodle soup and said it was delish. I tried the Instant Noodle Salad next as started to feel a bit peckish after a while but BE WARNED, it is EXTREMELY SPICY!! The menu does mark it as 3 Chillis hot and I do recommend if you can't take spicy food, ask them to remove the chillies altogether or make it very light. It became rather uncomfortable for me to finish this dish because my mouth was burning so much. Overall, a very good value for money place particularly when used in conjunction with Liven.

Toko Sydney

Surry Hills

Joy dined on Tue, 14th Feb 2017 (7)

My husband and I came here for Valentine's Day and had the V Day Set Menu. We had high expectations as the menu looked fab but was sorely disappointed from the sashimi and soft shell crab courses onwards. The food was tasty but the serving sizes were not generous at all and left us feeling like we could have easily eaten more savoury dishes. It felt like we were eating a series of finger food after the initial 2 courses of venison carpaccio and salmon tartare which were amazing and our favourite savoury dishes. The assorted sashimi omakaze was probably the biggest disappointment of all with only 6 pieces of fish to share between 2 - salmon, kingfish and scallops. No other more exotic fish was given and the plate looked empty. Next time I think we will be getting the A La Carte menu instead.

Le Saigon St Leonards

St Leonards

Joy dined on Thu, 9th Feb 2017 (8)

Food has been tasty and presented nicely whenever I've been here. I've only had the pork chops with dry egg noodles with a side of clear broth and the crispy skin chicken with red rice. Good for a large office lunch as food did come out reasonably quickly!

Ribs and Rumps Parramatta

Parramatta

Joy dined on Sat, 4th Feb 2017 (10)

We ordered 1/2 rack of lamb ribs & the sliders and pork ribs combo. Generous servings and the mushroom & pepper sauces on the side were a perfect way to compliment the meals. Worth joining their loyalty program as I redeemed a birthday voucher.

Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst

Joy dined on Fri, 3rd Feb 2017 (9)

The food was very tasty and came very quickly! Service was pretty efficient and friendly. Pity the serving sizes of the curries are a little small though. I miss coming here and it still remains as one of my favourite Indian restaurants.

Harbour Bar and Kitchen

Sydney CBD

Joy dined on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 (9)

• Staff took a bit longer to process a Liven app transaction. Only the manager could do it. • The lobster roll was smaller than expected but the waitress offered an explanation that they had changed bread rolls but would still prefer it to be a bit bigger as it wasn't a very filling meal. Still delicious though. • The BBQ pork ribs were amazing. Couldn't fault it and could be a serious contender for great ribs in town. Loved the green garnish on top. • Steakhouse fries were crispy and not very oily. So good! • Wish they offered sauces like mushroom, pepper & etc.

Indian Fusion Pennant Hills

Pennant Hills

Joy dined on Thu, 19th Jan 2017 (9)

When we were given the menu, we noticed that it said it was under new management. The previous owners had left. Not sure why. The food was absolutely delicious! Everything we ordered was flawless and definitely very more-ish. Our friends who haven't been there before loved it. We ordered: - 2 x entrees - lamb cutlets & the tasting platter and devoured everything. - For mains - Butter Chicken, Spicy Fish & the Eggplant. - Sides - Basmati rice for 4 and 2 x lots of garlic naans. They also gave us 2 x lots of complimentary pappadums! BONUS! - Dessert - Although these weren't shown anywhere on the menu, we had this mango-flavoured type ice-cream/sorbet & these warm balls. Both were tasty! Apparently there is another almond dessert, all authentic Indian desserts. It would be good to have these on the menu as well as we had to ask if they offered dessert. The owner came and spoke with us, asking us if we enjoyed everything which was a nice touch. They also packed away our leftovers so beautifully and didn't charge us for the boxes. Service was quick and polite. Overall, it is definitely a highly recommended place for Indian food and is probably one of my favourite neighbourhood gems!

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining

Darlinghurst

Joy dined on Tue, 10th Jan 2017 (7)

A surprisingly good hole-in-the-wall! We were impressed with the following dishes we ordered: • Chicken wings • Fat chips with parmesan & truffle • Popcorn pork • Funghi pizza • Chilli, salami & mushroom pizza The food & drinks came quickly accompanied by polite wait staff. We were able to use a Liven $20 off promo code here as well. =)

Meat District Co.

Darling Harbour

Joy dined on Sat, 7th Jan 2017 (6)

The staff were not well-trained on how to process Liven transactions as that was what I booked for. Getting the bill and a knowledgeable staff on processing my Liven took a little long.

Criniti's Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Joy dined on Thu, 29th Dec 2016 (9)

The Italian food is always amazing. Went to a another non-Criniti's Italian restaurant just days before and the food was just horrendous compared to Criniti's. This is a family favourite of mine!

Criniti's Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Joy dined on Sun, 16th Oct 2016 (8)

Our waitress was professional and experienced. Delivered all our requests and ensured she got our orders right.

The Meat & Wine Co Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Joy dined on Sat, 27th Aug 2016 (8)

Asian waitress wearing red lipstick was very rude in the way she spoke to me while we were there. When asked what was included in the soft drinks category, she was very vague and said 'everything'. Nothing more. Then when I raised my hand to get a wait staff's attention, she approached me and said "What is wrong with your hand?!" to which I looked at her with horror and confusion. She then laughed and said, "I thought you were stretching your hand." To which I told her in a blunt manner, "No, I would like some more water." She is in the hospitality industry, she should know better than speaking to customers like this.

Chefs Gallery Macquarie

Macquarie Park

Joy dined on Wed, 20th Apr 2016 (8)

I wish the restaurant staff would have mentioned the Citibank wine offer for Citibank card holders.

Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst

Joy dined on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 (9)

Brilliant food, very easy to book a table on their website and service was surprisingly good along with the decor of the restaurant. Well done!

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