Ian

Ian Gibson

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Blackbird Bar & Grill

Brisbane CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 19th Jul 2019 (9)

Service was great both from the waiter and the sommelier! Food lived up to the standard of the service and it all went well with great views on a sunny afternoon! I had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back

Poachers Pantry

Wallaroo

Ian dined on Mon, 10th Jun 2019 (8)

Well presented and tasty food complimented by the local wine. Backed up with friendly and efficient service, makes this a good place to catch up with friends or have a relaxing afternoon!

Akiba

Canberra

Ian dined on Sun, 9th Jun 2019 (9)

As soon as you walk in you can feel there's a buzz about this place! The friendly staff probably makes for a good start. Then its backed up with some great tasting food and a pretty extensive collection of Sake and drinks. Not a place to necessarily linger, as the service is brisk but it would still be easy to linger over just one more Sake!

Chairman and Yip @ Barton

Barton

Ian dined on Fri, 7th Jun 2019 (9)

Sometimes its the food you remember or maybe its the service but with this place its both plus more! The service was friendly, engaging and helpful while the food was clearly prepared with precision and great taste. And it was all accompanied with some great wines. We had a great night and will definitively be returning.

Yuki's at the Quay

The Rocks

Ian dined on Sat, 1st Jun 2019 (10)

Great location looking straight at the Opera House! Set menu for VIVID was very good, well presented and filling, and complimented by great Japanese gin and Sake! Not the easiest to find but well worth it!

Muse Kitchen

Pokolbin

Ian dined on Fri, 17th May 2019 (9)

Great night out! The service was friendly and efficient while the food set a very high standard! Wine list was a mixture of locals; several we hadn't had before but have subsequently gone and bought! We enjoyed every minute and wouldn't hesitate to go back again or recommend to others. Thanks

Fratelli Fresh Entertainment Quarter

Moore Park

Ian dined on Fri, 10th May 2019 (8)

Handy location in the EQ. Service was friendly and efficient and the food was well prepared. Great for groups or a pre-game meal!

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

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

Punch Lane is famous for its red leather chairs and great wine list, which it never fails to deliver. We had a great lunch that was delivered with friendly and efficient service, accompanied by some interesting wines! Well worth the visit.

Josef Chromy

Relbia

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

This was our second visit to Josef Chromy's and the second visit was as good as the first! Great location and views backed up with some great food and of course some great Tasmanian wines! Great spot for lunch when visiting the wineries near Launceston

Novaro's Italian Restaurant

Launceston

Ian dined on Sat, 6th Apr 2019 (8)

The minute you walked in there was a friendly vibe about the place. Maybe it was the way the owners treated everyone like friends or just the chatter from the other guests but whatever it was you felt welcomed from the start. The food was very good and the service was warm and friendly!

Bennelong Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 22nd Mar 2019 (9)

Obviously great views! Service is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. If you know Peter Gilmour then you know what you are going to get. Great night for a great occasion! Thanks

Caterina's Cucina e Bar

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 11th Dec 2018 (9)

Its a Melbourne institution and for good reason! Always friendly service and an extensive menu and wine list; I'm sure that some would argue too long but not me! Décor hasn't changed over the years but doesn't need to. One of my favourite lunchtime restaurants especially if I'm looking for a quiet place to either talk business or just catch up.

Palermo

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 20th Nov 2018 (9)

If you love South American style meet that's backed up with some great Mendoza Malbec then this is the place for you! The food was great; the wine list extensive but not outrageously priced; with helpful and attentive service. I've been there several times and its always impressed!

The Malaya

Darling Harbour

Ian dined on Wed, 2nd May 2018 (8)

Great food in a great location. We had a banquet dinner and the food just kept coming out and was all very tasty and well prepared. Didn't sample the wines as we just went with beers to accompany the food! Service was attentive and friendly

Pastuso

Melbourne CBD

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

Great Peruvian food and wine in a unique setting in Melbourne. Service was attentive, friendly and helpful. Food was well prepared and interesting; we left the waiter to decide! Wine list was good without being either intimidating or sparse. Great place for a long lunch!

Le Jardin - Palazzo Versace

Main Beach

Ian dined on Mon, 2nd Apr 2018 (9)

Champagne High Tea at Palazzo Versace is always going to be a special occasion and it was! Great service with food and drink to match. Limited list of teas but still plenty to pick from and a collection of food that excels! We had a great time!

Sapporo

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 17th Mar 2018 (9)

Great Japanese food and an extensive Sake list make for a great atmosphere to enjoy televised sporting events - and where else can you get to enjoy Sumo wrestling! Had a great time - always good!

Balcon By Tapavino

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 16th Jan 2018 (9)

I've been to Balcon a few times and it never fails; whether I take a client, colleague or my wife, its always a great night. The food is great, wine list extensive and both are backed up by great service - I've never really had to order as they do it all and so well!' Well worth the try

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

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

Plenty of space and lots to pick from. The portions are generous and the pizza / pasta is obviously hard to go past! Service was punctual and the wine list commendable. Safe choice for a business meeting or just to catch up with friends

Bowery Lane

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Wed, 29th Nov 2017 (8)

I've been a few times now and its a great venue for a business breakfast. Menu suits the needs of most people and the service is attentive without being intrusive. Unlike some in the CBD, its not pretentious and offers good value. I'll definitely be returning!

Rustica

Newcastle

Ian dined on Sat, 28th Oct 2017 (8)

Great views and service with some really interesting food. Comfortable and relaxed feel makes it a great place to kick back and relax over lunch

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 17th Oct 2017 (9)

Nothing really beats Kinsleys for a top steak and great wine to go with it. While many try to emulate, nothing really compares to the original. Our steak was cooked just as we wanted it and the wine list, while including several high end wines, also offered some interesting wines at a reasonable price. Never fails!

Jellyfish

Brisbane CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 10th Oct 2017 (8)

Great seafood at a great location over looking the river. Service was very friendly and professional.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Wed, 4th Oct 2017 (9)

Great ambience and a wine list that always pleasantly surprises! Food was very good and the service matched its high standard. Easy to recommend!

Sapporo

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 24th Sep 2017 (9)

A great relaxed Japanese sports oriented restaurant with a better than average Sake list. We went for the Sumo wrestling they had on but keep returning for the food and Sake. Whether with family or friends, service is always friendly and welcoming.

Berta Restaurant and Bar

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 15th Sep 2017 (8)

Good for a slightly different night out! Attentive service and good wines however I thought the By the Glass wine list is a little limited for options. Food was well prepared and just keeps coming out! Best format was just all dig in and give things a try, so best for a group that don't mind sharing. Had a great time!

Yuki's at the Quay

The Rocks

Ian dined on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 (9)

Great, Great, Great - what else can you say about the view, the food and the service! And some great Sake to top it off! Always friendly service!

Hoi Polloi Old Parliament House

Parkes

Ian dined on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 (8)

Complete a visit to the Old Parliament House with a visit to this great place, steeped in Australian political history! Menu is standard but the food is well prepared and service is efficient. Unlike many tourist restaurants, this place doesn't trade on its location and can hold its own. Worth a visit even if you aren't sightseeing at the Old Parliament!

Courgette Restaurant

Canberra

Ian dined on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 (9)

A restaurant we are happy to rave about to our friends! The food and friendly service were great (well prepared and all fitting together) and more than adequately matched by the "wine by glass" list and advice from the Sommelier. If you are after 4 courses of really well prepared food in a very nice atmosphere then this is the place for you!

Da Guido La Pasta

Carlton

Ian dined on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 (7)

Authentic Italian atmosphere with great service, wine list and ambience. Food is Italian with a modern twist and you can watch as they prepare it! We found it great for catching up with friends!

WaazWaan

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 (8)

Very friendly service and very good Indian food makes this a great place to relax and enjoy the food. Its BYO so makes it great value as well. Would be good for families and groups alike.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Wed, 21st Jun 2017 (9)

Love the red leather seats! Food is always great and only exceeded by the extensive wine list. Great relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Never fails to please!

Balcon By Tapavino

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 20th Jun 2017 (9)

Great food and extensive wine list make this a great place for work functions or just a place to catch up with friends. Service is always great and very helpful when it comes to navigating through the extensive wine list, and also handy for great food suggestions. Give it a try!

Mt.Everest Indian And Nepalese Restaurant

Hunters Hill

Ian dined on Sat, 17th Jun 2017 (8)

Great food and friendly service in a convenient location. Great value for money especially if you take advantage of BYO!

Yuki's at the Quay

The Rocks

Ian dined on Sat, 10th Jun 2017 (9)

Great views of an iconic Sydney location with food that matches! Small but a quality Sake list that compliments the food well. Always friendly service. Its a restaurant that's hard to fault!

Ripples at Chowder Bay

Mosman

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

Quiet location and great views make this restaurant hard to beat! Efficient service and good food don't disappoint. Excellent for that quiet little lunch for two!

Wild Sage

Cammeray

Ian dined on Sun, 14th May 2017 (8)

Good consistent service on a very busy day, Mother's Day! Food was well prepared and plenty of it. Hard to fault and great value make for a good relaxing meal!

bills in bondi

Bondi Beach

Ian dined on Fri, 12th May 2017 (8)

Great service with wine and food to match! We had a great time and were made to feel welcome which was great as we were entertaining interstate guests! Very reasonably priced drinks while food matched the standard and location. Thanks

Yuki's at the Quay

The Rocks

Ian dined on Wed, 10th May 2017 (9)

Great location overlooking some of Sydney's great icons! With food and sake matched by friendly service, this is truly a hidden gem in the Rocks. If you love Japanese and views, this is hard to beat!

Cupitt's Kitchen

Ulladulla

Ian dined on Sun, 26th Mar 2017 (8)

Great venue and very good food but can get busy on a Sunday with service suffering

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Ian dined on Wed, 22nd Mar 2017 (9)

Great views and location with food and wines to match; it doesn't get much better in Sydney!

The Meat & Wine Co Circular Quay

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 10th Feb 2017 (8)

Great service from an attentive waiter. Food very nearly matched the service with the meat just falling off the ribs; could have had more if the sauce matched the quality of the meat! Wine list good especially the South African wines! Unfortunately atmosphere didn't match the value of the service and food

Sapporo

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 22nd Jan 2017 (9)

Great range of Sakes and Japanese beers, combined with great Japanese food and an abundance of sports - what more could you need! Service is very friendly and attentive. Always pleases!

El Karim

Roseville

Ian dined on Sat, 22nd Oct 2016 (9)

How can you miss? Some great Lebanese food with friendly service at a reasonable price! It was our first visit and it didn't fail. We love our middle eastern food having been there several times and this was at its local best in a relaxed atmosphere

Sixpenny

Stanmore

Ian dined on Sun, 18th Sep 2016 (9)

Service and food was great! Had the wine to accompanying the degustation menu and it was a great way to try some new wines. Definitely not cheap but I can't imagine it would ever disappoint.

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 11th Sep 2016 (9)

Never disappoints - always friendly, great food and Nepalese beer make for a great combination! A regular favourite that continues to deliver great value

Waters Edge

Parkes

Ian dined on Sat, 6th Aug 2016 (8)

Great venue with a wonderful view of the lake! Food is commensurate with the view and service is very warn and friendly. We had two waiters that seemed to be attending us which seemed a little confusing at times but meant we didn't want for attend!

Aubergine Restaurant

Griffith

Ian dined on Fri, 5th Aug 2016 (9)

Fantastic restaurant! The food was great and equally matched with the accompanying wines. Sommelier was very friendly and answered every question without fuss. Unusual suburban location but then that made parking easy! An easy and safe choice for any special occasion!

Moon Under Water

Fitzroy

Ian dined on Thu, 9th Jun 2016 (9)

Great, friendly service with food and wine to match. Its the place to go for a thoroughly enjoyable evening where guests are made to feel at home. Don't bother ordering, just have the set menu and matching wines!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 28th May 2016 (9)

Great friendly service and consistently great food. Never disappoints!

The Bathers' Pavilion

Mosman

Ian dined on Fri, 1st Apr 2016 (8)

Great venue with fantastic views across the Balmoral beach and water! Food was well prepared and service attentive without hovering. Waiting staff also seemed very knowledgeable both about the food and the wine to match with it. Best on a sunny day or evening!

San Telmo

Melbourne CBD

Ian dined on Sun, 27th Mar 2016 (8)

A very authentic Argentine food experience including the best selection of Argentine wines and beers. Food was great and fun to share. Service was good and the ambience probably one of the better aspects; made me feel like I was back in Mendoza! Definitely worth a try

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 30th Jan 2016 (9)

Always friendly and helpful service; food consistently good and always great value. What more can you ask for? Never fails to deliver!

Prince Patrick Hotel

Collingwood

Ian dined on Tue, 19th Jan 2016 (7)

Good venue and helpful staff. Unfortunately for us the night we attend there was only one staff on and they were run off their feet so service was slow and the quality of the food patchy! I get the sense that if they'd had enough staff the experience would have been a lot better

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Fri, 13th Nov 2015 (9)

Great food and friendly service make Mustang Nepalese a true favourite! And to that a cold Mustang beer and its hard to beat with a group of friends!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Tue, 29th Sep 2015 (9)

Great Nepalese food combined with what must be the friendliest service! Together with an interesting décor, its the place to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy some good food and drink at a reasonable price!

Catalina

Rose Bay

Ian dined on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 (8)

Great ambience and hard to beat location on a sunny day! Food is impeccable with the service to match and a wine list to suit most. Had a great time; would recommend when you want a place to enjoy and watch the world drift by!

WAQU

Barangaroo

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

Great food; very friendly and informative staff in a formal but welcoming atmosphere. Well worth a visit even on a cold night!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 6th Sep 2015 (9)

Great friendly service and food to match. Never fails to deliver in terms of service, food and value.

BMD Northcliffe Surf Club

Surfers Paradise

Ian dined on Sat, 15th Aug 2015 (9)

Relaxed atmosphere and friendly service from helpful staff. Good food at a reasonable price. Great place to relax with friends and share a drink or two

Pilu At Freshwater

Freshwater

Ian dined on Sat, 8th Aug 2015 (8)

Great friendly service and great views of the ocean especially on a sunny day! Fine Italian cuisine matched with an exceptional Italian wine list that combined with the friendly advice really matches the food well.

The Boat House

Barton

Ian dined on Sat, 6th Jun 2015 (10)

The highlight of our trip to Canberra! Great service combined with great views and ambience; inventive and well executed food; and an interesting and flexible wine list - what more could you ask from a restaurant. Nothing. Many restaurants trade on their views, and I was concerned that this one might also, but nothing could be further from the truth. The view was just the icing on the cake! Thanks for a great night out!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 23rd May 2015 (9)

Great friendly service with the food to match! Relaxed atmosphere with a strong Nepalese feel to it. Great value; well worth trying.

Ripples at Chowder Bay

Mosman

Ian dined on Wed, 8th Apr 2015 (9)

While a little off the beaten track the views and atmosphere are great and make it well worth it! Food was good and the service was very attentive, making it a great venue for a harbour view meal

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Bondi Beach

Ian dined on Sun, 22nd Mar 2015 (8)

Great views of the ocean and food and service to match. It was our anniversary and it was everything we were hoping it would be!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 14th Feb 2015 (9)

Great food, service and atmosphere! A real local gem that we just keep coming back to!

Pino's Ristorante Pizzeria

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Tue, 10th Feb 2015 (8)

Very friendly service and well cooked food. Menu a little limited but all good. Convenient location and just great sitting near the window looking out on the street!

Otto Sydney

Woolloomooloo

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

Food and drinks were very good but we were there on a busy night so the service was very ordinary. Waiter kept apologising but it never got any better! Good location and great on a summer's evening

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Ian dined on Sat, 20th Dec 2014 (9)

Great location and service with food and wine to match! We just keep coming back and it never disappoints

Chophouse Sydney

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Wed, 10th Dec 2014 (8)

Good convenient location in the CBD with some great meat oriented food and wine; definitely somewhere for a late night dinner or long lunch!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 6th Dec 2014 (9)

Great food an service in a interesting atmosphere. We just keep coming back!

The Deck Sydney

Milsons Point

Ian dined on Sun, 5th Oct 2014 (8)

Great views of the harbour bridge and opera house. Food was good and at a reasonable price given the location. Lots of people so quite busy and staff seems a little run off their feet, notwithstanding this they were quite friendly and helpful when you got their attention

Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 13th Jul 2014 (7)

Generally the food was good but our roast lamb was tough and the servings could be on the small side. Great wine list with several Argentinian wines and mine was very good. Service was attentive and friendly and responsive to any requests. Décor was warm and friendly especially on a cold winter's night

Auge Ristorante

Adelaide

Ian dined on Sat, 5th Jul 2014 (8)

Great attentive service and a very solid wine list that adds to the great Italian food. Nothing seemed to much trouble to the staff!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 28th Jun 2014 (9)

Great atmosphere and food and always friendly service. We just keep coming back!

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Ian dined on Sun, 11th May 2014 (9)

Great views; excellent service and a menu that my wife loves. What else do you need!

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 3rd May 2014 (9)

Great authentic food and very friendly service at a reasonable price. What more can you ask for?

The Deck Sydney

Milsons Point

Ian dined on Fri, 28th Feb 2014 (7)

Surprising location but with some great views. I wouldn't have expected something this nice at Lunar Park. Great for a lunch is attending a meeting there or with the family and looking for something nicer

Criniti's Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Ian dined on Mon, 10th Feb 2014 (8)

Great location and venue. Ideal place to catch up with some friends in a relaxed environment

Wildfire Restaurant & Bar

The Rocks

Ian dined on Sun, 26th Jan 2014 (9)

Great location matched by the food - which just keeps coming! Good wine list to match. Hard to beat as a Sydney venue

Laughing Ganesha

Lane Cove

Ian dined on Sat, 7th Dec 2013 (8)

Indian beer on tap! Good friendly service and well cooked food; not much more you could ask of a local restaurant.

WAQU

Barangaroo

Ian dined on Sun, 17th Nov 2013 (9)

Great modern Japanese food and knowledgeable about their Sake as well. Set menu was really good, only blemish was the service was a little patchy but nothing too serious. Would go again!

Chophouse Sydney

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 15th Nov 2013 (8)

Great food and service was friendly if on occasions hectic. Busy restaurant and good wine list. I'd go again!

Pino's Ristorante Pizzeria

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 2nd Nov 2013 (8)

Good food at a reasonable price; service very friendly. Limited wine list but they did advise it was being revised

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 19th Oct 2013 (9)

Very good for Gluten free diners. Staff always friendly and helpful

Aqua Dining

Milsons Point

Ian dined on Sun, 15th Sep 2013 (7)

Venue and service was great! Wine list was very good including those available by the glass. Food was a little of a let down; it was okay but didn't match the heights of the service or views. A shame really as otherwise a great restaurant.

Racine Restaurant

Orange

Ian dined on Sat, 10th Aug 2013 (7)

Food and service was generally very good but menu was rigid in that could only select 3, 5 or 7 courses! Good wine list and very good service with it. At over $200 for two, definitely not a cheap lunch but then they probably don't try to be.

Flying Fish

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 (8)

Great location and food all looked and tasted great. Not a cheap meal but then the view, location and quality of the food balance it out.

Iron Chef

Cabramatta

Ian dined on Sun, 2nd Sep 2012 (7)

Good food combined with the traditional Chinese restaurant hussle and bussle. We were lucky in that they had traditional Chinese entertainment, which was really interesting.

Not Bread Alone

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sun, 26th Aug 2012 (8)

Good food (and lots of it), in a nice relaxed setting with friendly service.

Taiki Japanese Restaurant

Lane Cove

Ian dined on Sat, 18th Aug 2012 (7)

Friendly helpful service and some good specials including Bluefin Toro - hard to get these days! Rest of menu solid and average wine list.

Enopizzeria

Neutral Bay

Ian dined on Sat, 4th Aug 2012 (9)

Very friendly service and great traditional Italian feel.

Mustang Nepalese

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Sat, 21st Jul 2012 (9)

Food was very good and the service friendly and helpful.

Pino's Ristorante Pizzeria

Crows Nest

Ian dined on Mon, 16th Jul 2012 (9)

Friendly service and convenient location. I took my son and we both enjoyed it. Serves were a good size, manaing to tame teenage hunger!

Peter Doyle @ the Quay

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Wed, 11th Jul 2012 (9)

Great location and fantastic seafood! Service can be a little patchy but definitely friendly. By the glass wine list a little limited but otherwise good.

Golden Century

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Tue, 10th Jul 2012 (8)

Obviously a great restaurant and very popular. Dispite making a booking we had to wait for mearly 45 minutes for our table! And we weren't the only ones kept waiting - on a cold Tuesday night!

Courgette Restaurant

Canberra

Ian dined on Sat, 30th Jun 2012 (10)

On of the best restaurant experiences I've had in years! Food was great and well presented. By the glass wine is limited but good selection wine list but was pricey as many were aged bottles. Food was geat value however. Definitely should visit!!!

Rengaya

North Sydney

Ian dined on Thu, 24th May 2012 (8)

Good friendly service and an interesting appraoch with the BBQ in the centre of the table, made it really easy to cook the meet - beautiful and tender!

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Ian dined on Sun, 13th May 2012 (9)

Its the first time we'd been since it was renamed and it didn't disappoint. View's great; services was very good and atmosphere warm and inviting. Food was well prepareed but I thought the breakfast menu a little limiting; a niggle rather than a complaint. I wuld definitely go back again. I'd love to try dinner!

Altitude Restaurant

Sydney CBD

Ian dined on Fri, 13th Jan 2012 (9)

Staff were really friendly; the view is to die for, the wine staff were fantastic and the wine great. Food was generally very good but occassionally it was only okay. Would definitely go again.

Enopizzeria

Neutral Bay

Ian dined on Sat, 9th Jul 2011 (9)

The food was good with generous servings and the service was attentive. Courses were well spaced so that one didn't feel rushed and had time to converse between serves. When we attended there were lots of families, which in many ways is a good sign, however for us on this occassion it detracted slightly. Staff did their best to mitigate any issues so should be commended for their consideration.