Mark Hawthorne

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The Bach Eatery


Mark dined on Fri, 19th Oct 2018 (10)

Trust the chef menu is lazy but great. How they make the simple so nice is why they are so good. They are in the process of selling up and going back to NZ so make sure you get in before they go.

Queen Chow


Mark dined on Sun, 16th Sep 2018 (10)

This place just never lets me down. The hot and numbing chicken is addictive and my "go to" dish. Take a few friends so you can explore the menu.

Alchemy Cafe Restaurant

Surry Hills

Mark dined on Sat, 8th Sep 2018 (10)

Good fun place, food is just great and the restaurant atmosphere is not the most modern and that suites the feel of this place just fine. Went before going to the footy at SFS. Easy walk from this address.

Pino's Vino e Cucina


Mark dined on Fri, 17th Aug 2018 (9)

Great place, awesome food and never disappointing. Wine list is great just a bit on the expensive side. Easy to recommend.

Queen Chow


Mark dined on Sat, 2nd Jun 2018 (10)

Always a great place to eat and enjoy sometime with friends.

Sway Thai Fusion & Bar

Burleigh Heads

Mark dined on Sat, 17th Mar 2018 (6)

Disappointing because the menu looks so promising. Entree came out cold and they acknowledged the problem. Mains were good. I will give them another go as everyone has an off night.

The Bach Eatery


Mark dined on Thu, 22nd Feb 2018 (10)

Just a great place to eat and enjoy. It's a small restaurant and I do not know how they do the quality of food they do in such a small place. Been 3 times and will keep going back

Hugos Manly


Mark dined on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 (9)

Great food and location. Keep going back, they haven’t let me down.


North Sydney

Mark dined on Fri, 27th Oct 2017 (9)

This really is a 10 out of ten. Great looking place and if you want some natural light and outdoor areas this is the only place in North Sydney worthwhile. We originally had a slow order and once we mentioned to the wait staff they got straight onto it with no fuss. I love that. Certainly not the cheapest eat but great for business and social functions.

Kensington Street Social


Mark dined on Fri, 12th May 2017 (3)

Everyone makes a mistake at some stage, it was the unprofessional response that lost me. When you spend the kind of money I did and two of my 6 set menu dishes weren't up to the entrees, I think they need some lessons in how to handle feedback. I didn't stay for dessert, I know the difference between rare and raw and common to unique. Won't be going back or recommending. It was near a perfect fail. Slow service, no attention to detail, I actually can't remember a smile.

House of Crabs


Mark dined on Sat, 6th May 2017 (9)

Great place, they have a system and it works. Go early with kids, they love the mess on the table.cant do that at home......

The Bach Eatery


Mark dined on Sun, 16th Apr 2017 (9)

Just close your eyes and let the chef surprise you . For the size of the inside they do it very well. Going again for sure.


Surry Hills

Mark dined on Sat, 10th Dec 2016 (9)

Great atmosphere in a small place with high ceilings. We sat up at the bar which I normally wouldn't like but you get to feel the staff and kitchen in action. Didn't challenge the wine or cocktail list but will try next time.

The Stinking Bishops


Mark dined on Sun, 1st May 2016 (10)

Just a simple concept executed well. Forget doing the platter at home, go to these guys, wonderful.

The Bach Eatery


Mark dined on Sat, 12th Dec 2015 (10)

Great as always, small place but that is half the charm and atmosphere

Osteria Di Russo & Russo


Mark dined on Wed, 5th Aug 2015 (10)

Just full of awesomeness. Everyone from the chef to the wait staff are fully engaging in the contents of the menu and the passion for delivery. I can't believe it has taken me this long to go. Our friends are foodies from overseas and sad best meal ever. Well done, you have my tick.

Delhi 'O' Delhi


Mark dined on Wed, 11th Mar 2015 (6)

Unfortunately the meat for this meal was a bit on the tough side. I mentioned it to the waiter and they passed the information onto the chef. I still provide a little above average as I think this was one of those one off mistakes. The sauce is great so we all still ate everything so it can't be that bad can it? Service and staff always accommodating.

Hugos Manly


Mark dined on Sun, 22nd Feb 2015 (10)

It is great to see a restaurant not relying solely on their harbour views for success. Great food, service, just a perfect lunch time place.

Moon Park


Mark dined on Wed, 3rd Dec 2014 (8)

I have to go back and challenge myself on the menu. The service was a bit casual for me but the food was fresh and tasted great. Oxtail was gamey but not in a bad way just have to get use to that style of dish. Charcoal Dory was perfect. I will be going back.

Emmilou Bar & Tapas

Surry Hills

Mark dined on Wed, 19th Nov 2014 (7)

Nice food, nothing surprising on the menu so I score a bit lower on the value for money/taste score. Definitely worth a try to form your own opnion

Sherpa Kitchen


Mark dined on Fri, 7th Nov 2014 (7)

It is a Nepalese restaurant so expect service and styling to match. Love the food, standard is mild to medium have to ask them for hot. Tried the home mad dumplings for the first time and they are a must starter. Got to give me a go.



Mark dined on Wed, 6th Aug 2014 (10)

Wear comfortable pants, you will eat a lot. I didn't have room for desert and I was salivating at what I saw on other tables. I'll just have to go back again.

Claire's Kitchen at Le Salon


Mark dined on Fri, 25th Jul 2014 (10)

Great place, good size food, make sure you go hungry, pre dinner cocktails a must.

Swanson Hotel


Mark dined on Wed, 25th Jun 2014 (6)

For a newish restaurant they are doing well. I will go back again to see how they improve.


Rose Bay

Mark dined on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 (9)

Great place to eat, its nice to see a restaurant have great food to match the great view

Delhi 'O' Delhi


Mark dined on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 (8)

The house special leg of lamb is not to be missed. Must order two days before.

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