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Manta Restaurant & Bar

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Thu, 1st Aug 2019 (10)

One of our favourite Sydney restaurants delivers yet again. Super food, great professional service and a sunny afternoon. Fresh oysters, kingfish carpaccio and seafood bouillabaisseThe perfect long lunch.

Spice Temple

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Wed, 31st Jul 2019 (9)

Great food in a super cosy atmosphere with excellent professional service. The spicy dishes (prawns, pork and chicken) are seriously hot so you genuinely need to like very spicy food if you order them, but there are other great dishes on the menu for those not so adventurous. It is one of our favourites and we will be back again soon.

Manta Restaurant & Bar

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Wed, 19th Jun 2019 (10)

Another great long lunch at Manta. Excellent new winter menu (try the Winter Bouillabaisse). Superb professional service overlooking the water on a sunny winters day. What's not to like.

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Graham dined on Wed, 5th Jun 2019 (9)

We always look forward to our visits to Lotus. The food is always excellent and service friendly and professional. It is an excellent venue for great Asian Fusion food and good wines by the glass as well as by the bottle.

Manta Restaurant & Bar

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Wed, 1st May 2019 (9)

Great food, fabulous alfresco venue and friendly professional service. What more could you ask on a sunny day.

Queen Chow

Enmore

Graham dined on Wed, 17th Apr 2019 (9)

Booked in for early dinner prior to going to the Enmore Theatre (100m down the road). Busy vibrant atmosphere, but service and food still excellent. Great if you are with friends and want to share. Live seafood options also. Strongly recommended.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Bondi Beach

Graham dined on Thu, 28th Mar 2019 (10)

Perfect location for a fabulous lunch. Ocean views, superb creative food, great wine list and excellent professional service. If you are happy to pay the cost, there is no better spot for a relaxing lunch.

Goldfish Hunter Valley

Pokolbin

Graham dined on Fri, 15th Feb 2019 (8)

This is a hotel/cocktail bar with food attached. Normally, this recipe delivers excellent drinks supported by average food. Goldfish is a pleasant surprise in this regard with very good quality innovate food served fresh and well presented. Try the oysters and flathead tacos. Both different from what you would expect and well worth the visit.

Red Spice Road

Melbourne CBD

Graham dined on Fri, 18th Jan 2019 (10)

Great authentic Soth East Asian food and warm friendly professional service. If you are in Melbourne don’t miss it but remember to book. We will definitely be back.

Republic Dining

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Mon, 3rd Dec 2018 (9)

High quality food and friendly professional service in a pleasant environment. Freshly opened oysters are a highlight, as is the fillet steak. Great place to meet business colleagues for lunch.

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Graham dined on Mon, 26th Nov 2018 (10)

Excellent food & service as always. High quality fresh produce cleverly prepared with with a broad Asian influence. One of our favourites.

Long Chim Sydney

Sydney CBD

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

Great authentic Thai food and quick friendly professional service. You can be in and out quickly if you need to or linger over a banquet, totally up to you. Have already booked again.

Bistro Moncur Woollahra

Woollahra

Graham dined on Thu, 20th Sep 2018 (9)

The restaurant has remained part of the Woollahra establishment for more than 25 years by providing innovative French food, excellent professional service and well matched wines. If you are not in a hurry sit back for a couple of hours and soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the great food. We will definitely be back.

Esca Bimbadgen

Pokolbin

Graham dined on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 (8)

Great alfresco dining in a vineyard setting. Innovative food and high quality service. Certainly worth a visit.

Reel On Redleaf

Wahroonga

Graham dined on Fri, 31st Aug 2018 (8)

Interesting high quality food and friendly efficient service. Wine list is quite small but there are reasonable choices. We are looking forward to going back.

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Graham dined on Sat, 25th Aug 2018 (10)

Food was outstanding and service impeccable. We enjoyed every part of the experience and look forward to going back soon. Great place for a long lunch.

Manta Restaurant & Bar

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Thu, 2nd Aug 2018 (10)

Great alfresco dining with excellent food, great friendly service and relaxing sunny aspect. The best restaurant on the pier in our view.

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Thu, 19th Jul 2018 (9)

A great stop for an excellent steak with friends/colleagues on a winery day. Cheerful efficient service and quality food.

Banksii

Barangaroo

Graham dined on Thu, 5th Jul 2018 (9)

Great share food in a lovely sunny alfresco location. Absolutely worth a visit.

Manta Restaurant & Bar

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Wed, 9th May 2018 (10)

Great food and excellent friendly professional service in a superb location. You don’t mind paying a little extra for that. Recommended for a long leisurely lunch.

Otto Sydney

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Tue, 8th May 2018 (9)

If you are happy to spend the money, this is a great place for a long leisurely lunch with friends. The food is high quality Italian and the wine list extensive, all complemented by excellent service.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Bondi Beach

Graham dined on Thu, 3rd May 2018 (9)

Fantastic location with classy innovative food and exceptional service. My wife had a main that was too salty for her taste and the staff took the dish off our account and offered an alternative as soon as advised. Well worth a visit.

Muse Kitchen

Pokolbin

Graham dined on Fri, 16th Feb 2018 (9)

Great food and superb service in a beautiful location in the Hunter. Highly recommended, especially for lunch.

Rosetta Sydney

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Wed, 14th Feb 2018 (9)

This is an expensive restaurant, but what you get in return is only the freshest high quality ingredients, expertly prepared and professionally served Whenever it is this good you need to expect to have to pay for the privilege. Lunch is generally about business, so for an intimate dinner evening is best.

Ripples Milsons Point

Milsons Point

Graham dined on Sun, 11th Feb 2018 (4)

What has happened to one of our favourite lunch venues. We booked at 2.30pm and had to stand outside in a long line in the wind for 15minutes to get in. Venue now has complete reseating at 2.30pm which takes time. Staff were overwhelmed by full restaurant wanting service at the one time so service patchy. Had Caparccio which was not cut fresh with 4 pieces being stuck together in a clump. Also had Seafood Pasta, which was hard with only small mussells and calamari as the seafood, reminiscent of cheap marinara mix. Focus is now obviously volume and tourists which is, in my view, an error of judgement by Sydney Restaurant Group.

Flower Drum

Melbourne CBD

Graham dined on Fri, 19th Jan 2018 (10)

This simply the best Cantonese food in Australia. Impeccable service and superb food. Worth every cent you pay.

Treehouse

North Sydney

Graham dined on Tue, 12th Dec 2017 (9)

Very lively alfresco venue in the middle of North Sydney with good food, a wide range of drinks and cheerful efficient service.

Banksii

Barangaroo

Graham dined on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 (10)

Great restaurant with outdoor dining and casual atmosphere. Meals are essentially share and come in various sizes giving patrons the opportunity to try a number of different menu items. Will certainly be going back.

Rawsons

Epping

Graham dined on Fri, 22nd Sep 2017 (9)

Back for the second Friday in a row. Food is definitely ten out of ten. Sat outside on a great afternoon and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Wine list is good but not great. Whilst nice, the quality of the food demands a few more classy wine options. Best value fine/casual (your choice) on the North Shore.

Rawsons

Epping

Graham dined on Fri, 15th Sep 2017 (10)

High class restaurant inside the Epping Club serving great innovative food supported by excellent attentive service. Definitely worth a visit. The dry aged steak is a treat.

Absolute Thai (William St)

Hornsby

Graham dined on Wed, 13th Sep 2017 (9)

New location for local Thai. Very good food and nice atmosphere. We were there on a Wednesday night so staff were a little light on but service was still good and the bill was very reasonable. Definitely worth trying.

Marciano's Lindfield

Lindfield

Graham dined on Wed, 6th Sep 2017 (9)

Great authentic Italian food combined with excellent service. Pizza and Italian wine both excellent. Will definitely be going back. Made to feel like a family member.

Fish Heads Restaurant

Byron Bay

Graham dined on Tue, 22nd Aug 2017 (9)

Excellent fresh seafood and efficient friendly service in a great location on the beach. Perfect for a casual lunch on a sunny day with a good glass of wine.

Fish Heads Restaurant

Byron Bay

Graham dined on Mon, 5th Jun 2017 (8)

Fun café/restaurant right on the beach at Byron Bay. No better place to be on a sunny day. Good food well presented for the level of restaurant it is, together with friendly service. Nice for a lazy casual lunch, especially now it is licenced.

Manta Restaurant & Bar

Woolloomooloo

Graham dined on Thu, 11th May 2017 (10)

Great food, try the Toothfish. Excellent service and a great outlook. No better place for a cocktail and a long lunch in a sunny spot.

Waterfront Restaurant

The Rocks

Graham dined on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 (9)

Great seafood platter & friendly efficient service. Very good place for a seafood lunch.

Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Tue, 4th Apr 2017 (9)

Well priced food accompanied by great wine list with flexible options and friendly efficient service. Well worth a visit.

Bottega

Melbourne CBD

Graham dined on Wed, 25th Jan 2017 (9)

Great friendly modern Italian food is comfortable surroundings with knowledgable staff & great service

Courtneys Brasserie

Parramatta

Graham dined on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 (9)

Great location supported by fresh innovative food. Peter provides the level of service consistent with the best restaurants in Sydney. Might seem expensive but Christmas Lunch so lots of wine etc.

Marciano's Lindfield

Lindfield

Graham dined on Wed, 16th Nov 2016 (9)

Genuine Italian home cooked style food & great service with a smile. If you don't have time to visit Italy, try Lindfield

Rocket

Chatswood

Graham dined on Thu, 8th Sep 2016 (8)

Great place for lunch in the middle of Chatswood.

Ripples Milsons Point

Milsons Point

Graham dined on Fri, 2nd Sep 2016 (9)

Long lunch on a very dreary & wet day. Best place for lunch in Sydney on a sunny day but still good today. Good food & excellent service never go out of style.

Ripples Milsons Point

Milsons Point

Graham dined on Wed, 27th Jul 2016 (10)

Great restaurant with 6 star views, 5 star food & service at a 4 star price. Definitely recommended.

Circa 1876

Pokolbin

Graham dined on Wed, 20th Jul 2016 (9)

Great reinvention of a traditional favourite restaurant in the Hunter. Excellent creative modern Australian food & impeccable service Thoroughly recommended.

Courtneys Brasserie

Parramatta

Graham dined on Thu, 28th Apr 2016 (9)

Great little restaurant in Parramaatta with excellent modern Australian food & a good wine list. Not that expensive but we had a special occasion. Will definitely go back.

Rocket

Chatswood

Graham dined on Thu, 7th Apr 2016 (10)

If you don't need a view or a romantic setting and for you it is all about the food & service this is for you. Reasonably priced wine list a bonus.

Ripples Milsons Point

Milsons Point

Graham dined on Thu, 24th Mar 2016 (9)

Great venue for outdoor lunch with well presented fresh food and excellent service Fabulous views of harbour a bonus,

Flower Drum

Melbourne CBD

Graham dined on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 (10)

If you love Cantonese food & impecable service this is as good as it gets. My wife & I are hard to please but, as always, could not fault a thing reasonably expensive but worth it totally

Aqua Dining

Milsons Point

Graham dined on Sun, 14th Feb 2016 (8)

Valentines day lunch. Restaurant completely full and staff under pressure but remained friendly and maintained competent service. Good food and a great place to visit with an interstate or international guest at a more relaxed time.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Graham dined on Tue, 26th Jan 2016 (8)

Good restaurant with innovate food but maybe Australia Day was not the best day to visit

The Stunned Mullet

Port Macquarie

Graham dined on Sat, 23rd Jan 2016 (9)

Great Regional venue with absolutely first class service and food to match. Holds its own with a lot of hatted Sydney restaurants. Spent quite a bit on dinner due to great wine list. If you visit you must try the Glacier 51 Toothfish

Hickson's Food & Wine

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Fri, 6th Nov 2015 (9)

Hickson's Food & Wine proves that small is often the best, with great food, attentive service and a great international wine list all combining with water views to make for an excellent lunch in a great little setting.

The Stunned Mullet

Port Macquarie

Graham dined on Sun, 14th Jun 2015 (9)

The food was excellent, especially the Glacier 51 Toothfish (exceptional). Service warm, friendly and knowledgeable. My partner's Espresso Martini the only letdown. 10% surcharge for Sunday and tip added $50+ to the bill. Feel 30+ dollars surcharge in winter just because it is Sunday a bit of a turn off for Regional venue but still swayed by the great food.

French Henri

Sydney CBD

Graham dined on Mon, 18th May 2015 (9)

Great home style traditional Italian regional food and good knowledgeable service. A nice place for a casual or business lunch in friendly surroundings. A little noisy but in a good way.

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