Rachael

Rachael McLean

Rachael McLean BA (Syd) FIPA FFA

Rachael's Latest reviews: Rachael's Top 10 restaurants:

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Thu, 10th Oct 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the Wagyu beef with Barossa shiraz from a private cellar and cheese platter to finish. Tre bien as always!

Gateway North Indian Cuisine

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 (6)

Food is excellent however service is amateurish and lacks professionalism and training.

Rangoon Colonial Club Restaurant

Crows Nest

Rachael dined on Tue, 1st Oct 2019 (10)

The Best Indian on the lower North Shore! I am surprised we had not dined here in the restaurant's last thirty years of operation. Decor is just delightful and styled to give you the impression of a British colonial setting with white table cloths which are rare as "hen's teeth" these days. Food absolutely delicious. Guests enjoyed a prawn and lamb main with rice. BYO an additional bonus. We'll be back and be tipping more!

Gateway North Indian Cuisine

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Fri, 27th Sep 2019 (10)

This neighbourhood gem never fails to disappoint. Guests enjoyed prawn curry starter followed by a beef main. Great place to eat locally if you do not feel like cooking after a big week. 30 percent discount on food a treat. Do however remind the staff of this offer! ;)

Gateway North Indian Cuisine

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 18th Sep 2019 (10)

First time diners and suitable impressed. Staff extremely well presented; food was served as ordered. Guests enjoyed a prawn entree and beef main with wine from a private cellar in addition to 30 percent off food. We will return to this neighbourhood gem!

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Fri, 9th Aug 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed a complimentary chef tasting to start with followed by fish of the day (Spanish Mackerel) and Wagyu Beef perfectly prepared and cooked. Each dish impeccable explained. French inspired service, minus the attitude, just delightful. We will return as always!

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

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

10/10! We will return! ;)

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Wed, 3rd Jul 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed a complimentary starter with Moet; Fish of the day; chicken and beef mains accompanied by a shiraz and pinot noir from private cellars, with cheese plate to finish. Restaurant Plage never disappoints. Great to see it well patronised mid week.

Sassi Cucina + Bar

Port Douglas

Rachael dined on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the veal cutlet with a South Australian Shiraz, extremely well priced. We dined twice at this restaurant in one week, that is how good it was! Until next time!

Sassi Cucina + Bar

Port Douglas

Rachael dined on Mon, 3rd Jun 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the scallop special and Barramundi Fillet with Chardonnay from the Margaret river very well priced. Service was authentically Italian minus the attitude. We will return!

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 29th May 2019 (10)

BYO Wednesdays are always a treat. Guest enjoyed champagne from a private cellar to accompany our entrees of oysters from the South Coast. Shiraz from a private cellar accompanied our mains of mussels and fish of the day. Service was first class as was the company. Star of the evening though was the view. A must visit for overseas guests.

La Grillade

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sat, 25th May 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the Coq au Vin with a Pinot noir from a private cellar and Most Chandon to start. Service 2nd to none.

Le Bouchon

Crows Nest

Rachael dined on Thu, 23rd May 2019 (10)

This neighbourhood gem is so reliable and never disappoints. Guests enjoyed the lemon sole (caution the bones) and duck cassoulet , partnered with a Barossa Shiraz from the private cellar. Service typically; delightfully French without the attitude. Tre bien!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 11th May 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the Garlic Prawn Musala and Lamb Musala accompanied by Two Hands Angels of Grace Shiraz from the Barossa. Service fantastic. Atmosphere a little outdated but charming. We will return!

The Pantry Manly

Manly

Rachael dined on Fri, 10th May 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the Pork Belly and Barramundi mains accompanied by a very well priced Pinot Noir from Central Ortargo region. No need to order sides. Service and view sublime.

Dc's Restaurant

Mosman

Rachael dined on Thu, 2nd May 2019 (10)

Mosman needs more of these neighbourhood gems like DC's! Guest enjoyed the signature veal scallopini and veal cutlet with pancetta beans. Accompanied by Torbreck's "The Struie" from 2004. If you don;t patronise this restaurant at least one a month, try to make it twice a year!

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 17th Apr 2019 (10)

All three guests enjoyed the market fish of the day, Red Emerald with Parisian-style mash potato and a garden salad. BYO Wednesdays are always a treat! Guest enjoyed a Californian buttery chardonnay from the Wente estate and a 9 year old Reshke Shiraz from private cellars. Spectacular full moon views over balmoral beach though was definitely the highlight of the evening. Public Dining is definitely a must visit!

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Mon, 8th Apr 2019 (10)

Guests enjoyed the Duck Special and Spanish Mackerel. The complimentary tasting plate with truffle butter was just delightful. Service as always 10/10.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 31st Mar 2019 (10)

Winding back after a fulfilled weekend and no appetite to cook, this neighbourhood gem served a delightful chicken lemon and sizzling garlic prawn main accompanied by a French wine from a private cellar. Great to see this restaurant being patronised even on a Sunday evening. Total cost including complimentary bread with truffle butter; salad and corkage $60 plus tips. You cannot get better than that!

Le Bouchon

Crows Nest

Rachael dined on Mon, 18th Mar 2019 (10)

Great French Bistro in the heart of Crows Nest with traditional bistro service minus the French attitude. Guests enjoyed crusted barramundi (totally recommend) with a Burgundy Pinot from a private cellar. We will return and Merci!

La Grillade

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Fri, 15th Mar 2019 (10)

Great to see La Grillade re-located to Cremorne and byo on a Friday evening! My husband and I enjoyed the lamb shoulder to share (Greek style) with truffle mash and spring vegetables accompanied by Torbreck run rig 2001 from our private cellar. The services was impeccable. We will return!

Rosetta Sydney

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Wed, 13th Feb 2019 (10)

Great Italian Bistro like restaurant with efficient Italian service to match (minus the attitude). Guests enjoyed the eggplant and Veal secondi match with Barossa Cab Sav. Geared towards the corporate and tourist accounts.

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 30th Jan 2019 (10)

Public Dining welcomed my husband and I for my birthday with a special discount. This you must sign up for prior to be entitled to. Basically if two people are dining, the entree, main and desert of the lessor value are complimentary up to $100 value. We both enjoyed oysters from the south coast of NSW for entree; pasta for main however "the zinger" was "The Syrah" from McLaren Vale SA for $65. Service was fantastic as always and the co-owners always welcoming and delightful. We will be back!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 16th Dec 2018 (10)

Great to wind back at this neighborhood gem for a Sunday roast where everything is taken care of. Guests enjoyed the salt and pepper Calamari and Pork accompanied with a Margaret River Shiraz from a private cellar. Service terrific as always. Merry Christmas Hayes Street Bistro!

Le Bouchon

Crows Nest

Rachael dined on Thu, 13th Dec 2018 (10)

Gorgeous French Bistro in the heart of Crow Nest. Authentic French food and service that represented good value. A little noisy for those hard of hearing with polished concrete floors and relatively high ceilings.

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

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

Restaurant Plage accommodated us mid week with a last minute reservation. Flavours so delicate and each dish thoughtfully explained. Guests both enjoyed the duck and fish of the day, however the broccoli with poached egg in my opinion could be a dish in itself! Love supporting this neighbourhood gem!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 21st Nov 2018 (10)

This neighborhood gem fails to disappoint. Our international guests enjoyed the beef and (cue: drum roll) Organic Lamb Cutlet (cooked medium, not medium rare). Only a few tables left mid week which was great to see. The host always warm and friendly. We'll be back! ;)

Harrisons by Spencer Patrick

Port Douglas

Rachael dined on Wed, 14th Nov 2018 (10)

Located in the beautifully renovated Sheraton Mirage but not without prices to match for example, $54 for the Steak and chips. Service however was 2nd to none.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Wed, 14th Nov 2018 (10)

Tony and the team at Barrel Bar are second to none. I love this bar for it's unique local service offerings: wine tasting's on a monthly basis; Melbourne Cup and Valentine's Day special events. The Happy Hour between 5-7pm is also the real deal with Champagne at $16 a glass and a stunning Margaret River red at $7. If there were any partnership opportunites, I would certainly invest in this business!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 13th Nov 2018 (10)

Dining alone this evening and pressed for time, this friendly, reliable bistro never disappoints. Service was outstanding as was the organic lamb cutlet, complimentary bread with truffle butter and salad. Walk-ins I noticed were also accommodated clearly at short notice.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 (10)

Again, great to see this neighborhood gem buzzing like true bistro mid-week. Guests enjoyed the organic lamb cutlet with Two Hands Deer in the Headlights from a private cellar. Complimentary garden salad and bread with truffle butter always a treat!

Sotto Sopra

Newport

Rachael dined on Sat, 3rd Nov 2018 (10)

Celebrating two wedding anniversaries and a 60th, Sotto Sopra did not disappoint. Guest enjoyed Oysters, Prawns and Wagu Beef accompanied by Two Hands Deer in the headlights from a private cellar.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 31st Oct 2018 (10)

Great to see this neighbourhood gem buzzing midweek. Guests enjoyed the the duck and pork rack with a Bass Phillips Pinot Noir 2008 from a private cellar. Complimentary bread with truffle butter and garden salad always a welcoming value add!

Bistro Mosman

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 24th Oct 2018 (10)

Fantastic Neighbourhood French Bistro. Guests enjoyed the lamb cutlets (a little small and undercooked); crab linguine and Barramundi. Guest asked for French Onion Soup and received a French Onion Soufflé. Bordeaux wine had to be returned as it was corked otherwise, still enjoyable and we will return!

Spice Temple

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Tue, 23rd Oct 2018 (10)

Neil Perry owned Spice Temple is simply a must try. Be prepared though for spices like no other. Notable wine list, however at corporate card prices! We will most definitely return.

Bistro Guillaume Sydney

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Wed, 17th Oct 2018 (10)

Extraordinary on all accounts. Guests enjoyed Duck L'Orange and the lamb special for two. French wait staff typical of a French Bistro, both charming and delightful. Wine list was to die for. Guests enjoyed St George's Cab Sav from the Coonawarra. Definitely geared for the business/corporate account and overseas traveller!

Bistro Guillaume Sydney

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Wed, 17th Oct 2018 (10)

Extraordinary on all accounts. Guests enjoyed Duck L'Orange and the lamb special for two. French wait staff typical of a French Bistro, both charming and delightful. Wine list was to die for. Guests enjoyed St George's Cab Sav from the Coonawarra. Definitely geared for the business/corporate account and overseas traveller!

Felix

Sydney

Rachael dined on Sat, 13th Oct 2018 (10)

If you are looking for a Parisian style French Bistro, Merivale should be congratulated for being able to replicate the same in Ash Street, Sydney. The notable wine list is a bible to wine enthusiasts. Staff were delightful as was the cruisine. Guest enjoyed the spatchcock and lamb rumb (served a little rare). Portion sizes were plentiful and apportionate to the prices. A must try before a performance at the recital hall. It will truely compliment your evening!

Sassi Cucina + Bar

Port Douglas

Rachael dined on Fri, 28th Sep 2018 (10)

Brilliant and a “must try” are the only words that should be used for this restaurant. Service was fantastic; wine list brilliant and not at all expensive. Guests enjoyed the Barramundi which I understand is the signature dish. We were not at all disappoint. Don’t leave Port Douglas without trying.

Long Chim Sydney

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Tue, 18th Sep 2018 (10)

Guests enjoyed the swimmer crab and pork (which just quietly is a must try) accompanied by a reasonably priced shiraz from the Margaret River. Buzzing street food atmosphere ideal for parties or groups of like minded friends.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 15th Sep 2018 (10)

Hayes Street Bistro is always a reliable local choice after a busy working week. Service was outstanding as was the Chicken Limone with fresh lemon juice; rosemary; caramalised garlic and roasted vegetables for all of $25. Complimentary bread and salad, made the evening truly valuable. A must try for locals and their guests!

Aristotle's Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 (10)

Great to see this neighbourhood gem full to overflowing on a Monday night and a familiar Australian Test Cricketer as our host for the evening. Our guests enjoyed the Lamb Mossarka and John Dory. Noticable Greek wine list fairly priced. A must try!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 5th Sep 2018 (10)

Great to see Hayes Street Bistro enjoying a good turn out of patrons mid-week. Given I was hosting another business meeting, our seating was carefully chosen as our discussions included sensitive information not to be overhead by others. The resturant was extremely accomodating in this respect. Truffle butter this evening accompanied the complimentary freshly baked bread. The wagu beef and organic lamb cutlet with complimentary garden salad was enjoyed by all.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Thu, 30th Aug 2018 (10)

This time I invited neighbor hood family friends of twenty plus years. It was great to see Hayes Street Bistro full to overflowing for a Thursday evening with a "buzzing" atmosphere. Organic Lamb Cutlet (of cause), John Dory and Brisket enjoyed by all! Ps. being so close to Neutral Bay Ferry Wharf, this neighborhood gem is worth crossing the harbor for.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 28th Aug 2018 (10)

Again I was confident enough with Hayes Street Bistro to provide business entertaining for one of my "out of town clients". Even he was both impressed and delighted with the quality of the food and the service and again the price! Organic Lamb Cutlet was enjoyed by both. Feedback from my client, not once but twice, the words "this is sensational!"

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

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

Delightful neighborhood gem which I was confident enough to invite my most important clients to. Even they were delighted by the quality if the food and service and more importantly the price! Signature lamb cutlet, John Dory entree and dessert for $35 per head (excluding wines) were enjoyed by all.

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 5th Aug 2018 (10)

Great location, service and ambiance for a Sunday Ladies High Tea.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

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

Hayes Street Bistro is no doubt a neighborhood gem for the locals who should at least patronize this delightful bistro, if not once a month, once a week! I do all my entertaining here, mainly with family and friends. You can never go past ordering the organic lamb cutlet. In my opinion it is the bistro's signature dish and an absolute treat!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 29th Jul 2018 (10)

The host is an absolute delight and a credit to the Flavor of Goa. I could not believe the quality of the dishes we ordered and the price we were charged. Locals should patronize this neighborhood gem if not once a month, once a week!

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sat, 28th Jul 2018 (10)

Such delicate flavors in these carefully nurtured and sensational food creations. Plage is an absolute find for dining. Locals should at least patronize this restaurant once a month if not once a week!

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 22nd Jul 2018 (10)

Great for High Tea with the ladies! Service second to none. We will consider our next standup cocktail party at the venue.

Dc's Restaurant

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 23rd May 2018 (10)

1 of 2 restaurants in Mosman that are absolute neighbourhood gems. Both menu and service are second to none. Again well done!

Zaaffran

Darling Harbour

Rachael dined on Fri, 18th May 2018 (5)

We ordered the $65 seafood degustation, knowing we were entitled to a 50 percent discount. We were so pleased we got the discount as we didn’t this it was worth $65 per head. Sorry! :(

Restaurant Plage

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Fri, 27th Apr 2018 (10)

This neighbourhood gem is a must: pre-theatre or unique experience. Australian contemporary, with French and Asian fused so carefully created and explained. Neil Perry and Kylie Kwong take note!

Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street

Sydney CBD

Rachael dined on Wed, 25th Apr 2018 (3)

My husband and I booked the $39 set menu with 50 percent off beverages. The Zuchini flowers were the worst we have ever had. My Lamb Ravioli was enjoyable, no complaints, however my husbands Linguini with Queensland prawns, well let’s say he may as well have been given a plate of spaghetti. Extremely noisy evironmebt with concrete floors; tiled walls and high ceilings so great for parties and groups! Very disappointing given we have tried other Fratelli’s and they have been reliable.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 24th Apr 2018 (10)

The organic lamb cutlet is this neighbourhood gems signature dish. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Corkage $10 a bottle, not $15 per bottle as previously reviewed. Hayes Street Bistro 11/10 again!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Fri, 20th Apr 2018 (10)

Fantastic neighbour hood gem. Great menu. Duck and organic lamb cutlet definitely worth trying. Corksge a little on the high side at $15 per bottle, but then again you get to bring your own bottle!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 15th Apr 2018 (10)

A great place for "cheap" yet enjoyable dining. The service was very good with complimentary value adds. We'll be back!

RAKU

Canberra

Rachael dined on Sat, 7th Apr 2018 (10)

The best Japanese I have had in a very long time. The $40 Express Lunch is a must try. Very good value and the quality of the dishes are second to none.

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 28th Mar 2018 (10)

10/10. Remember to familiarise the staff with your Dimmi redemption prior to dining.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Tue, 27th Mar 2018 (10)

Best Sparkling Wine Tasting ever! I have travelled to Epernay (champagne region in France) and never had I had a champagne tasting experience like this one. Very well priced with generous tastings. The champagne expert was extremely knowledgeable. Well done Barrel Bar!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 (10)

Always reliable! Thank you again!

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 (10)

The best high tea service on the Lower North Shore.

Public Dining Room

Mosman

Rachael dined on Wed, 14th Mar 2018 (10)

BYO Wednesday nights are the best evenings to go. Otherwise you are paying $125 for a Scarborough Chardonnay! As Wednesday evenings are clearly popular, make sure you bring your hearing aids. With timber floors; high ceilings and tiled table it made it very difficult for conversation. Also, reception are now familiar with the Dimmi redemption program, however make sure you remind them of this when asked to confirm your booking.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 3rd Mar 2018 (10)

This neighbourhood gem was not surprisingly a full house last night due to it’s growing popularity with locals and also “out of towners”. Value went beyond expectation with complimentary freshly baked bread and signature butter and a sweetly dressed salad of mixed greens; tomatoes and Spanish red onion to compliment our spatchcock and pork rack with cherry mains. Put this one on your bucket list!

Boronia House

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sun, 25th Feb 2018 (10)

High Tea Service second to none! Well done!

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Wed, 14th Feb 2018 (10)

Superb Valentines Day Degustation.! The wines complimented the dishes beautifully! Thank you Barrel Bar for making our Valentines Day the best ever!

Flavour of Goa

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sun, 11th Feb 2018 (10)

Absolute Neighbourhood Gem. Probably one of the best Indian Restaurants I have tried after Aki (Woolloomooloo) and Zaffron (Darling Harbour). You must try their Fish Tikka and Lamb Korma. Service was charming and second to none. Well done.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 31st Jan 2018 (10)

Organic Lamb Cutlet is devine! They have culled the old menu, keeping the degustation; three course set and the most popular favourites on the A-La-Carte which is better when reading the menu.

The Curry Door

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sat, 13th Jan 2018 (10)

Young lady that served us. Very sweet but still requires a lot of training. For example, when I asked to take one of my dishes away I literally had to pack it myself!

Chiosco by Ormeggio

Mosman

Rachael dined on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 (10)

11.30am start and out by 1.45pm was a bit strict otherwise 10/10.

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 (10)

Fantastic neighbourhood gem. My husband and I like to patronise this restaurant at least once a month because we would like to see it succeed and be around for a long time to come.

La Mint

Darlinghurst

Rachael dined on Thu, 21st Dec 2017 (6)

Make sure you take a big group so you can order more plates for sharing.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 (7)

Food too salty and the staff kept wanting to take my food away when I had not finished my meal.

Aristotle's Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Sat, 21st Oct 2017 (10)

Ticked all the boxes! Highly recommended neighbour hood gem.

Kobe Jones Sydney

Darling Harbour

Rachael dined on Tue, 17th Oct 2017 (10)

Had to cancel even though I had confirmed my reservation an hour before hand. Most accomodating.

Barrel Bar and Dining

Cremorne

Rachael dined on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 (10)

Fabulous service and fabulous food with International influence. Picture yourself alfresco dining in Italy!

Hayes St Wharf Bistro

Neutral Bay

Rachael dined on Tue, 26th Sep 2017 (10)

Fifty percent discount on degustation menu does not include BYO. If you wish to BYO it is $75 per person.