Alan

Alan Brady

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Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Alan dined on Wed, 19th Dec 2018 (8)

Exceptionally good value lunch specials (penne; goats cheese salad) which were simple but very tasty.

Il Pom Italian Fed Square

Melbourne CBD

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

quite reasonable tasty dishes although the pizza oven was unfortunately broken. not much choice for dessert regretably

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 (8)

Lamb shoulder melted in the mouth! However I was a bit disappointed in the chestnut macaroni special which was somewhat bland. Overall a good place to eat prior to the theatre.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Fri, 2nd Nov 2018 (9)

Entree dumplings were very tasty and the Szechuan duck moist and rich. Chilli pork is REALLY good and the roasted cauliflower side dish well worth trying. The special lemon meringue was recommended by both guests who tried it. Service was occasionally a bit slow filling water glasses and we really don't like wait staff trying to up-sell other dishes - the food is good enough to rest on its own laurels without extra promotion.

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

Alan dined on Fri, 7th Sep 2018 (8)

Meals were consistently good though I felt the Zucca e pancetta pizza could have had more pumpkin and pancetta. Service was generally efficient although we had to ask for water refills a couple of times - admittedly the staff were very busy with a very full restaurant.

Napona

Ocean Grove

Alan dined on Thu, 6th Sep 2018 (9)

Reasonable selections on the menu for a small restaurant, with a good wine list featuring local wines. The snapper with cauliflower, pomegranate and labneh was a very interesting contrast of flavours. The duck was good. Sourdough bread and butter pudding was delicious. Eton mess was decidedly GOOD!

Spanish Black Bull Tapas

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 31st Aug 2018 (9)

A great choice is available from the menu, but the paella is always our favourite here. Food is delicious, service is great and the quality is always good.

Davidson Restaurant

Geelong

Alan dined on Thu, 30th Aug 2018 (9)

The Davidson always provides an interesting and exceptionally well prepared meal. Service is fast, pleasant and efficient. Value is unbeatable with 4 courses for dinner at $35. The TAFE trainee chefs do a fabulous job and I wish them every success in their future careers

Black Salt

Geelong

Alan dined on Sun, 26th Aug 2018 (9)

The chef prepares an interesting and varied menu - our choices were all well presented and delicious. Service was smooth, efficient and unobtrusive. This restaurant is excellent value for money and deserves to be ranked among the best in Geelong

Young and Jacksons

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Sat, 11th Aug 2018 (6)

Relatively noisy dining area. The food varied with a really good lamb dish but the pork was dry and it's accompaniments somewhat bland (though the crackling was perfect). Service was good but a bit impersonal.

Mojo Mama

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 22nd Jun 2018 (8)

As always an enjoyable Mexican meal at very reasonable price and good service

Seamstress Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Wed, 6th Jun 2018 (10)

An attentive and efficient staff explained an interesting and varied menu and ensured all our needs were met promptly . The food was superb! A great SE Asian fusion experience.

The Vault on Nelson

Williamstown

Alan dined on Sat, 2nd Jun 2018 (3)

Limited menu and the day's special (beef ragu orecchiette) was unappetising. Seafood pappardelle was enjoyable and desserts (sticky date pudding) good, but presentation was ordinary.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Wed, 30th May 2018 (9)

We have always found the service quick and efficient, particularly for pre-show dining. The menu always has interesting dishes and they are prepared to a high standard

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

Alan dined on Sat, 26th May 2018 (8)

Consistently good food from a wide ranging menu. Service is fast and always pleasant.

Arkibar

South Melbourne

Alan dined on Thu, 17th May 2018 (8)

With a wide range of fresh daily specials, Arkibar is always an interesting place to eat. Great cuisine and very good service means we will return.

Rook Sri Lankan Fusion Restaurant

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 13th Apr 2018 (8)

Tasty unpretentious and interesting Sri Lankan food. Menu a bit limited for dinner but a good option for lunch. Wide selection of teas and great care taken in serving them

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 (8)

Excellent presentation of delicious meals and a fast efficient service made this a very enjoyable dining experience

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Wed, 14th Mar 2018 (8)

Very well presented Italian food with generally fast service

Spanish Black Bull Tapas

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 9th Mar 2018 (8)

A consistently good restaurant over many years, with pleasant and caring service. The paella is very enjoyable as is the duck, and the fried cheesecake is a great finish to the meal. Well worth visiting again and again.

Dish Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

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

Service was prompt, friendly and efficient.Interesting menu and beautifully presented dishes. Veal cutlet was exceptionally good. A most enjoyable meal.

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Alan dined on Thu, 8th Feb 2018 (8)

Good basic food at an affordable price with fast and efficient service

Fishermen's Pier

Geelong

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

Excellent food (though choice of fish was a bit limited for a seafood restaurant) and generally good service, but some minor quibbles - we were not advised of the daily specials, the wait staff were a trifle too eager to remove our plates, and the plate on which the barramundi was served was too small to be able to debone it properly. A fish knife would have been appreciated as well. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience.

Mojo Mama

Geelong

Alan dined on Thu, 1st Feb 2018 (9)

We keep coming back to this great Mexican restaurant because of the interesting food and fast efficient service

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Alan dined on Wed, 13th Dec 2017 (9)

Great value meals through daily specials with excellent service and best people-watching

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

Alan dined on Wed, 15th Nov 2017 (8)

Good Italian food with efficient service

Downstairs Bistro & Lounge

Southbank

Alan dined on Thu, 28th Sep 2017 (6)

Menu was neither as varied nor interesting as on other occasions when we have dined here. Service was good though we weren't offered a wine list. The advertised orecchiette was replaced by a shell pasta however the food was reasonable, though a little bland.

Rook Sri Lankan Fusion Restaurant

Geelong

Alan dined on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 (9)

Interesting, different and very tasty food . The service was excellent, with each dish explained in detail and every care taken, including the serving of the Sri Lankan teas. Well worth it and definitely to be repeated.

Spanish Black Bull Tapas

Geelong

Alan dined on Sat, 8th Jul 2017 (8)

Great paella; very interesting pulled lamb with harissa. Tasty desserts. A really good Spanish restaurant.

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

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

Beetroot risotto was well cooked and tasty though lacked "extra" interest. Chicken saltimbocca was really good, as were both desserts - lemon meringue and a fabulous pistachio mousse with salted caramel popcorn. Service was fast and efficient and the people-watching along the riverbank is always interesting!

Kri Kri

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Tue, 20th Jun 2017 (7)

Well presented and cooked meals (though the pork belly was a little too dry for my taste).

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

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

Great seafood chowder and cauliflower and leek pie. Service quick and price very reasonable

Mojo Mama

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 26th May 2017 (8)

Very good Mexican with fast and friendly service

Dish Restaurant

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Wed, 24th May 2017 (7)

Generally well presented and enjoyable food (veal and barramundi mains). Rocky Road sundae dessert seemed to be mostly chocolate ice-cream and might benefit from a better mix of nuts, cherries and marshmallow. Service was efficient. Overall a good pre-theatre meal

House of Jack Rabbit

Bellarine

Alan dined on Sat, 20th May 2017 (8)

Spectacular views across Corio Bay and Port Phillip are matched by an interesting menu Sandwell presented delicious plates. As a vineyard cafe, it is restricted to its own wines (which are nonetheless quite appealing). It also offers local ciders from Flying Brick, but the craft beer is limited to two Prickly Moses brews - perhaps some of the good local breweries could also be represented. Overall a very pleasant al-fresco lunch on a beautiful autumn day.

Arkibar

South Melbourne

Alan dined on Thu, 11th May 2017 (9)

An excellent meal - the veal cutlet was fabulous and the barramundi very delicious. Hard to choose from but we liked the wide range of interesting specials and the potato and silver beet combination was quite a delicious difference. Also enjoyed the provolone fondante and the lemon curd tart. Service was very pleasant and efficient so that we got to the Malthouse in plenty of time for our show. A really good Italian meal.

Irish Murphy's

Geelong West

Alan dined on Fri, 5th May 2017 (8)

Good Irish pub grub

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

Alan dined on Mon, 24th Apr 2017 (8)

Very fast and efficient service. Good Italian food with a varied menu.

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Alan dined on Wed, 5th Apr 2017 (8)

Good value lunch specials from the bar were simple, unpretentious and pleasing. Service was fast and efficient.

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Wed, 1st Mar 2017 (8)

Very well presented and tasty dishes with fast efficient service

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Tue, 7th Feb 2017 (8)

Fast, efficient and pleasant service with great food

Script Bar & Bistro

Southbank

Alan dined on Sat, 26th Nov 2016 (7)

Reasonable food with great pre-theatre service

Spanish Black Bull Tapas

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 18th Nov 2016 (9)

An excellent modern Spanish restaurant well worth visiting again and again.

Black Salt

Geelong

Alan dined on Mon, 7th Nov 2016 (9)

Excellently cooked and presented food of very high quality and quite distinctive cuisine. Tender and moist chicken, great pork belly and lovely lab followed by interesting and tasty desserts.

Darbar Indian Restaurant

Geelong

Alan dined on Fri, 14th Oct 2016 (5)

Run of the mill Indian restaurant - large helpings for openers, very nice coconut rice, mains average.

Customs House

Geelong

Alan dined on Thu, 6th Oct 2016 (8)

Pleasant atmosphere and interesting food

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Alan dined on Wed, 28th Sep 2016 (3)

Limited and largely uninteresting menu but food cooked reasonably if somewhat plain. Good service.

Mojo Mama

Geelong

Alan dined on Thu, 15th Sep 2016 (7)

good Mexican food without the cheese overkill of most Tex-Mex places

Left Bank Melbourne

Southbank

Alan dined on Wed, 14th Sep 2016 (8)

Efficient and friendly service with enjoyable food

Zinc Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Port Douglas

Alan dined on Sun, 28th Aug 2016 (7)

Pleasant atmosphere and interesting (but not adventurous) food with reasonable service

Nu Nu Restaurant

Palm Cove

Alan dined on Fri, 26th Aug 2016 (9)

Elegantly presented; well matched flavours; excellent atmosphere and service

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Thu, 2nd Jun 2016 (8)

Efficient service, with interesting menu selections

Bokchoy Tang

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Fri, 1st Apr 2016 (6)

Good barramundi dish and the other dishes reasonable

Tutto Bene

Melbourne CBD

Alan dined on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 (8)

Efficient service with great risotto

La Camera Southgate

Southbank

Alan dined on Thu, 18th Feb 2016 (8)

Reasonable Italian for a reasonable price

Fishermen's Pier

Geelong

Alan dined on Wed, 13th Jan 2016 (9)

Best fish restaurant in Geelong