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Madame Shanghai

Darlinghurst

Sophia dined on Sat, 16th Mar 2019 (9)

Lovely staff w outstanding customer service skills (eg, handling of mushroom spring rolls, subtly introduced garlic chilli jar etc). As for food, subjectively speaking, I 💕 The Gardens & Lotus Barangaroo better, in that they are a touch finer than 💃🏻上海丽人 or L Galleries.

Hicksons Izakaya

Dawes Point

Sophia dined on Thu, 7th Mar 2019 (9)

Amazing staff, lovely waterfront view. Food was good but lack of that X factor- sashimi could have sliced thinner & oysters could have kept in a touch colder temp (eg, display on ice). Dimmi discount made it great value. Thank you.

Anason

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 17th Feb 2019 (9)

We had the Bosphorus set menu. Beautiful food w generous portions so we took home some. Personally, would prefer a little bit more more proteins & less carbs (regardless of good carbs of vegetable or refined carbs fr bread)

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Tue, 5th Feb 2019 (10)

The LOTUS flower in “Barangaroo Pond”- outstanding multicultural team, refreshing food, etc

The Watershed Hotel

Darling Harbour

Sophia dined on Sun, 20th Jan 2019 (7)

Ordinary average food, good management, gr8 view, very reasonable markup wine.

Il Bacio

Haymarket

Sophia dined on Sat, 19th Jan 2019 (9)

The group said thank you for a lovely evening

Criniti's Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Sophia dined on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 (7)

Friendly & efficient staff. Good vibe @ balcony. Food: zucchini flowers were nice. However, stuffed mushrooms & spaghetti marinara reminded me of dishes at an average-priced buffet. Sorry but even a premium buffet can offer me a better spaghetti marinara that really smells & tastes seafood! It’s all personal but perhaps a smaller portion of spaghetti so that the seafood sauce can infuse into spaghetti better!

Phomo Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Tue, 1st Jan 2019 (10)

Don’t judge this resto by its rating. Phomo is just as great, if not better, when cf to other restos w average 9 Dimmi scale. Great food, loved the scallop Tatare, taro spring roll etc. It’s 1 of the best value restos around Barangaroo area. We were happy to leave another 15% extra after factoring in 10% public holiday surcharge. Thank you so much for the generous extra lime & the lovely chillies. Will recommend to all our friends.

Zest Kitchen

Sydney

Sophia dined on Sat, 29th Dec 2018 (8)

Good food & service, good value. Located within a gambling avenue so it might not be an ideal atmosphere for everyone.

Sorenzo contemporary Japanese Dining

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Fri, 28th Dec 2018 (10)

Sorenzo is CONSISTENTLY 10/10 in every way. “Beautiful inside & out” is best to describe Sorenzo dishes, which go well w the lovely DH view & gr8 wine list. Moreover, their team is professional & efficient, especially Jason who has been an outstanding staff- polite, well presented, passionate about what he does etc.

Flying Fish

Woody Point

Sophia dined on Mon, 24th Dec 2018 (10)

Food: slightly smaller portion than its old Flying Fish, BUT taste is definitely lots finer. A misunderstanding of EITHER John Dory OR Flounder (not both) saw us happily accepted both amazing fish dishes but no room left to try dessert. Personal favorites are Finger sandwiches & Morton bug Cavatelli. Service: Efficient & attentive team (including a couple of staff fr the old Balla, w Flying Fish & owner) has made Flying Fish the BEST resto in terms of service cf to Star other restos. Wine: extensive list w very reasonable markup, considering the high rental they have to pay for the location w waterfront view. Overall, the best of both world- old Balla & the old Flying Fish were blended together.

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 23rd Dec 2018 (10)

Despite the misunderstanding re pinenut san boy bau vs duck pancake, we were happy to accept the dish as either of them were always lovely. All other dishes such as duck, squid ink dumplings were nice (wld luv to see baby abalone dumplings on menu again!); extra fresh chilly asked were no Thai chillies but much appreciated for not charging. Sparking water were constantly poured this time also. 11/10 😄this time for being flexible allowing us staying at table to chat (only 2 extra drinks ordered) after the brunch b4 we moved to Smoke Bar. Thank you so much & Merry Xmas🌲 to all Lotus staff

Cirrus Dining

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 16th Dec 2018 (9)

Cirrus has a beautiful waterfront view, & someday, there will be view of a classy 1Barangaroo Tower baby, which is still in its embryonic stage. John Dory, Roasted Prawns & homemade butter always to die for. Dessert menu was nowhere to be seen. I had been to this resto a few times b4, always 10/10. This time overall experience is more like 8/10 despite all my 3 friends still gave it a 10.

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 2nd Dec 2018 (9)

Food: duck & spinach dumplings there always to die for, baby snapper was good value. Personally, 四川 soft shell crab was the weakest link as I found Sichuan spice probably best to go w plain produce instead of a deep fried soft shell crab thickened w Sichuan spice (too heavy) while soft shell probably best as plain tempura. It’s all subjective taste really. Booked @1.30pm, arrived early @ 1.15 pm so had to sit on high chair. At 1.30 pm notified the staff, but not until 1.45pm that we were seated. 30 minutes on high chair is too long. Hence, impossible to give high rating for “service”, hence undertipped @ $22 despite staff was friendly.

Hulu At King Street Wharf

Sydney

Sophia dined on Sun, 25th Nov 2018 (9)

Practical glass walls & balcony upstairs definitely maximise the lovely waterfront view, loved the cozy atmosphere at balcony. Dishes were generally great 8/10, loved the chive prawns & scallop dumplings. However, SUBJECTIVELY speaking, a few minor details could have improved further, eg salt & pepper tofu would have tasted MUCH better if freshly-ground pepper instead of salt & MSG sprinkled. I don’t actually think MSG is harmful, just that it’s more palatable & addictive PERSONALLY w pepper rather than MSG. After all, it’s “salt & pepper” dishes ordered, NOT “salt & MSG” (tofu or squid/soft shell crab etc) Dimmi promo has made this resto incredible for food value. Considering high rental expenses at Barangaroo this restos have to pay, markup of wine seemed reasonable (Cloudy Bay SB $88)

Hulu At King Street Wharf

Sydney

Sophia dined on Sun, 18th Nov 2018 (8)

Dishes were generally great, especially toothfish w ginger, shallot & coriander/ cilandro - the way Kylie Kwong did her unforgettable steam fish some few yrs ago at Billy Kwong

Il Bacio

Haymarket

Sophia dined on Fri, 16th Nov 2018 (10)

Loved everything, my partner also likes the owner, thank you for a lovely meal. Will recommend all our friends there.

Sake Restaurant & Bar Double Bay

Double Bay

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

The generous collaboration btw Dimmi & Sake has made SAKE the BEST resto in this area - “Double Bay, Half Pay” 👍🏾 for its GORGEOUS food (inside out); professional & polite staff (eg Emma & others); wine menu was cleverly selected (extensive but not overwhelming) Even without Dimmi discount, gr8 value for 8 course amakase w a variety of dishes prepared to perfection - oysters (Zn), stunning kingfish, salmon nigri (omega3) , scallops (P, B12), beef (Fe) etc & the BEST tenderised lobster tail tempura out of anywhere in Aust that made U say in your head “This resto is the ONLY place I’d prepare to ingest a tiny bit of Hg at times present in any “dragon” Lobster dishes out there” Would love to see a “Sarangaroo” ie Sake- Barangaroo as I believe Sake would do amazingly well at this new suburb

Ester

Chippendale

Sophia dined on Sun, 11th Nov 2018 (8)

Loved the name “Ester”, reminded me of the good old days of Chemistry lesson in my high school/ uni... if U like chargrilled taste in dishes, this resto is for U.

Sorenzo contemporary Japanese Dining

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Tue, 6th Nov 2018 (10)

Where else would ones want to end Melb Cup day but diner at Sorenzo?!Harbour view & friendly/ efficient service. Anyhow, Lots of shucked oysters & champage elsewhere during the afternoon made me worried I would not enjoy anymore food, YET Sorenzo dishes, especially mixed tempura w GIANT King Prawns really reminded me again why I love 💖 food here. “Beautiful inside & out” is best to describe Sorenzo dishes.

Phomo Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 28th Oct 2018 (10)

Lovely waitresses w excellent service. While Phomo has known for its Phở & Bún bò Huế as ones would normally associated w Vietnamese cuisine, these days Phomo’s menu is extensive w a variety of seafoods to chose from, eg scallops, tuna, prawns & octopus. Loved everything from taro spring rolls to char grilled king 🍤, papaya salad, or black ink fried rice. Will introduce all our friends to this resto. Counter staff needs to be careful as I nearly left when the waitress told me “the gentleman already paid”. Luckily as my partner cane out from toilet, I asked my partner again if he paid which turned out to be a person of a different table.

Il Bacio

Haymarket

Sophia dined on Sat, 27th Oct 2018 (9)

Dimmi 50% discount made the banquet unbelievably value for $. Flexible options of 3 set menus to chose fr where INDIVIDUAL guest can choose whatever set menu they like instead of having to eat the same banquet at the same table. Hence, ones get to try different dishes if sharing. Food quality was excellent w zucchini flowers were to die for. All other dishes were lovely too w generous portion size. Staff were attentive yet not intrusive. Highly recommend the banquets to anyone who loves cute presentation (basket of baby roots vegetable), gr8 taste & generous portion.

Zaaffran

Darling Harbour

Sophia dined on Wed, 24th Oct 2018 (9)

Generous portion of food re BBQ Banquet. Gr8 value, gr8 food. Thank you

Sake Restaurant & Bar Double Bay

Double Bay

Sophia dined on Mon, 1st Oct 2018 (10)

Lobster tail tempura was definitely better than at Sokyo, 8 course omakase was definitely better quality & value than the salty Momofuku Seiobo & many other restos w set menu out there. Upon reflection, this lunch was on a public holiday w lots more number of staff rostered (compared to a recent visit on a Weds afternoon). Perhaps, to attract even more customers on a public holiday, management could have fewer staff on but 10% surcharge (instead of more staff on but 15%). Operating expenses essentially the same but psychologically speaking, diners tend to remember total bill & surcharge in assessing value to recommend to their friends/ family.

Cirrus Dining

Barangaroo

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

Loved the staff, 💞the wine, loved the fresh JOHN DORY (stunningly done & not boring w ginger shallot coriander like most Chinese restos) & FLAT IRON STEAK (near perfect marbling of fat made it even better than wagyu!) Had the lovely parsnip sorbet & rosemary ice cream on previous visits. However, Would love to see a Dessert menu that says “Indulge me” (eg gâteau, Creme brûlée) instead of “Breakfast time” (yogurt, oat ). Clearly, dessert view is subjective & not reflecting the consensus view of other Cirrus diners. Thank you so much for the lovely complimentary salad (not our fault!). I hope we did make it up to Cirrus w “rounding up” slightly over 20% extra. Will recommend Cirrus to our friends.

Lotus Barangaroo

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sat, 22nd Sep 2018 (9)

My guests want ed to order $69pp banquet. However, due to min of 4 ppl requirement, it was $92 pp (69x4/3=23x4) which was still good 4 value, considering generous portion w plenty of variety. My 2 guests seemed to enjoy everything thoroughly. Duck pancake & wok fire beef were lovely. However, I felt overall the banquet was lacking that “X factor” which would linger in your head when u thought of food. Not a regular but been to Lotus at least 5 times since its inception, food had been always 10/10 when we ordered à la carte dishes. This time banquet was 8/10. Perhaps $99 banquet would have been a better choice for that “X factor”? I undertipped despite staff was gr8 overall, sparkling water could have served/ poured more often than just once. Overall, definitely recommend our friends

Fujisaki

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Sun, 9th Sep 2018 (9)

All staff were great that day w Zoey stood out for her knowledge in wines. Some lovely dishes on their $85 banquet such as toothfish. However, I still don’t think food overall was as good as early days of opening (Eg temperature of oysters, removal of beef tartare/ wholemeal crackers) No surcharge on Sundays which is a good thing for diners who like to leave tips at their discretion.

Zaaffran

Darling Harbour

Sophia dined on Tue, 4th Sep 2018 (10)

One of the best Indian meals I had for many months- food of Malabar’s standard at a fraction of the cost. Spacious yet cozy place w indoor/outdoor options. Been here a couple of times before but this was the best experience. Chefs on that Tue shift were 👌 perfect. From the addictive garlic mushroom naan bread to entrees & mains- all fine FRESH food w generous portion. Reception & waiting staff were genuine & lovely, in particular Yogesh went out of his way to introduce food after learning that my partner have had certain food intolerance. Will recommend this place to all our friends/acquaintances. Thank you again for providing such EXCELLENT VALUE & OUTSTANDING experience.

Cirrus Dining

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 2nd Sep 2018 (10)

Welcome to Dimmi, Cirrus! Cirrus stands out for: 1. Its best corner location in Barangaroo- settings is “posh” compared to “ghetto” looks of a few restos on Wulugul Walk. Ones would imagine Cirrus has to pay higher rental expenses than other restos on either Wulugul W or Barangaroo Ave) 2. Consistently elegant & refined food (9/10 based on only 3 visits). Personal favourites were king prawns, grilled octopus, curry leaf salmon .... & their BUTTER :) that ones could only find in fine French restos. 3. What’s more? Professional/ outstanding staff like Aaron certainly has added a great vibe & value to Cirrus

12 Micron

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 19th Aug 2018 (9)

We had the 3 course $79 Leisurely Lunch. It was Lovely so Triple L! Overall: Staff/Service 8/10, Food 8/10, cocktails 9/10, VALUE:10/10... I enjoyed the cocktails. As for my partner, we were able to swap "free flowing" cocktails for 2 glasses Shiraz (not 3 glasses like we both thought we heard) so 3rd one was charged at $19.95. Made no difference 4 us as we would have rounded up SAME amount regardless (due to good value, substitution of red & no surcharge on Sunday). Staff seemed to appreciate the tips we left after I questioned 3 vs 2 glasses. Will recommend this 3 course “Triple L” to all my friends for excellent value, especially those who love cocktails.

No.1 Bent Street by Mike

Sydney

Sophia dined on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 (9)

No.1 for Cozy & Unpretentious vibe/setting, this resto also cooked up an equally cozy 3 course truffle set menu. Their tap water w lemon infused really intensified the unpretentious nature. Well done for that.👍🏾 Beware: Their wood fired mushroom truffle was addictively sniffable! Loved it. Somehow I generally prefer SNIFFING truffles over actually eating it. I booked under Dimmi 50% (thank you Dimmi!) off so it represented gr8 values as truffle has always been an expensive ingredient everywhere. Would like to try their à la carte at some stage.

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 29th Jul 2018 (7)

10% surcharge on Sundays for a competitive area like Barangaroo is definitely a negative aspect for future reference of booking for a larger group. Multicultural team was great while food was average.

Made in Italy

Pyrmont

Sophia dined on Wed, 4th Jul 2018 (10)

The red Fiat Bambino is such an average looking car by itself IMO, & yet placing inside this resto actually complements their red logo of "Made in Italy", giving the resto a bit of a character. Food was definitely an 8/10 in both quality & quantity. Dimmi discount is on right now, but even if not, the price is very reasonable & it's certainly excellent for value. Subjectively, what made this resto a 10/10 in my eyes is its STAFF- Francesca "Ferrari" has exceptional customer service skills to go w her gorgeous smile (hence "Ferrari" is her new surname-kidding!) & friendly unassuming owner happened to sit nearby. These guys has made this VERY Fiat Bambino actually look even better than a Ferrari !!!

Sorenzo contemporary Japanese Dining

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Sat, 16th Jun 2018 (10)

"Beautiful inside & out" is best to describe Sorenzo dishes. Gorgeous presentation to go w the taste. From the zucchini flower tempura (as part of the mixed tempura) to the tenderised wagyu robatayaki, their dishes made us forget Socceroo was on soon!!! The staff members are well presented & friendly. Good selection of wines & sake catering different affordability. This is especially important if ones wanna to decide where to book for a big group who loves drinking!

Wharf Teppanyaki

Darling Harbour

Sophia dined on Thu, 14th Jun 2018 (7)

Food is good but flavours are not that spectacular. Not expecting a Nobu standard but we had much better valued teppanyaki elsewhere w similar standard.

Zaaffran

Darling Harbour

Sophia dined on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 (8)

Friendly lovely staff. Very reasonable markup wines. Foods are Ok w excellent garlic mushroom naan bread to go w. Large place w outdoor & indoor settings, own toilets which can be great for group gathering.

Sorenzo contemporary Japanese Dining

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 (9)

Lovely view of DH, highly recommend the Bento box, Crab tempura. Stunning foods, certainly better than both nearby well known Sokyo or Momofuku Seiobo in both views & food quality. Variety of choices for hot Sake. Surcharge of 10% on Sundays make it a less desirable than Barangaroo area for a larger group. Hence, overall 9.5/10 for Sundays & 10/10 for weekdays.

Muum Maam

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 3rd Jun 2018 (8)

Lovely staff. Food was very good, esp wok fire chicken (w turmeric, lemon grass & basil), a touch salty 4 my taste but this is personal as most people eat more salty food than myself. Good value. Reasonable markup on wines.

Subsolo Spanish Restaurant & Bar

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Thu, 31st May 2018 (6)

Waiting staff is excellent. Portion size is generous. Unfortunately food is average despite Spanish is 1 of my favourite cuisines.

Sydney Korean BBQ

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Sun, 20th May 2018 (9)

Staff is polite w gr8 work ethics & def a 10/10. Many thanks 2 Dimmi- also 10/10 :) w generous discount, making it the BEST value out of all Korean BBQ Restos in Sydney CBD. So great value we tried to make it up by leaving extra $20. Soju was lovely too & reasonable markup. Spicy Duck & wagyu were 10/10, highly recommended. The only drawback is the lack of seafoods (prawns/ squid) .

Fratelli Fresh Westfield Sydney

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Tue, 8th May 2018 (7)

Dimmi discount making it great 4 value, especially 4 those who can handle generous portion. Not the best Prawn Linguine I've ever had BUT it's still 1 of the better restos in Westfield. House Sauv Blanc is gr8 4 value & the lovely staff provides good eye contacts. The setting is clean & practical & perfect for when ones need to catch up some work during lunch.

Fujisaki

Sydney CBD

Sophia dined on Sun, 6th May 2018 (10)

The 1st 10/10 I've ever rated for The Streets TSOB restos. Food quality is definitely a 9.5, up there w Sokyo & Toko SH. That extra special 10 is given to Fujisaki due to their most addictive & BEST wholegrain crackers I've ever tasted. Their sake menu is comprehensive w gr8 recommendation from staff for warm vs cold sake. As a package in terms of both quality & value, Fujisaki is a MUCH better choice than the overrated Momofuko, or even 1 of the best quality Jap restos- Their multicultural staff team is knowledgeable & attentive. They definitely deserve at least 10% extra tip.

Anason

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 (9)

Situated amongst the gr8 restos in Barangaroo (this area resto said r mostly r 7.5-8/10 IMO), Anason stands out w its excellent food & professional well-communicated staff. Its food quality is definitely a 9-9.5 w freshly baked saj bread accompanying w lovely dips while grilled octopus is tenderised. Duck borek is OUTSTANDING & should be on menu for the forthcoming winter days where diners could enjoy this dish w glass of Shiraz or something. Walking away feeling a bit bad for undertipped the staff.. However, will make it up by recommending this resto for big group gatherings- friends, family or business...

Blue Eye Dragon

Pyrmont

Sophia dined on Sat, 21st Apr 2018 (8)

Food: Good use of fresh ginger in Kung bao dish, dumplings were average however. Wine: Reasonable markup, (Cloudy Bay SB $69) Attentive waiting staff who knew their menu well.

Brio Pyrmont

Pyrmont

Sophia dined on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 (6)

Food: casual pub-style of cooking food, great for when ones want to stay away from noisy pubs on Harris st. Wine: reasonable markup despite very limited choices. BYO provide a good option if ones want to bring good wines. Service: attentive staff

Banksii

Barangaroo

Sophia dined on Sun, 15th Apr 2018 (8)

Subtle use of turmeric in grilled prawns, glazed duck was average, chicken pate the best. Service: friendly staff.

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