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Sailors Thai Canteen

We went here one evening during our trip to Sydney encouraged by the reputation of the owner, David Thompson. The place was interesting, with a long concrete communal table hosting rather well-heeled clientele. While the food was good it was not exceptional. My pork belly was rather nice while my wifes chicken curry was not exceptional (it was admittedly not an adventurous choice though). If you are around the area its a perfectly fine option but its not worth a detour as there certainly are more exciting places in Sydney (Spice Temple for example, which is simply outstanding).

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

East Ocean

It was our first time in Sydney and East Ocean was recommended for its YumCha and so we went. It was very crowded indeed with a queue in front of the restaurant (quite like Royal China in London for example) but on the whole it was worth it. Trolley after trolley passed by with very good dishes and we perhaps had a few more than we should have. Certainly a recommendable place

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

One O One

To gather strength before our visit to the Frieze we took advantage of the 50% offer at One O One. The visit started slightly worrying as the restaurant had no record of our booking. Fortunately, I had printed the reservation from this website. That was the only hitch of the day.

We were shown to a good table and service was helpful. Starters were a Crab Risotto and a Bouillabaise. Both were good but perhaps not quite perfect. Susana found the the Risotto perhaps a little too dry for her taste, more in the direction of the consistency of a paella. The mains were a Halibut and a whole dover sole. Both were successful though for my personal taste could have been cooked just a little less. Still they were nicely prepared with superb acompaniments. The half bottle of Pouilly-Fume was nice but perhaps a mistake as it was a little fruity for the food. The Sancerre would have probably been a better choice but this was clearly our own fault as we did not ask for advice. Dessert was a juniper chocolate mousse, nice but not outstanding.

The pricing struck us a little odd in that we felt that the starters were fairly highly priced while the mains were, in comparison, set at a more moderately level.

The bill came to £98 including service, still water, a half bottle of wine, 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 dessert and a dessert wine.

One the whole this was a very good meal and we may well come back for a full price dinner.

PS: Despite the nice saving our budget was not well matched to the art at the Frieze.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7


Recent reports here criticise service but on our visit it was perfectly fine. Our dinner was generally an enjoyable affair. A shared starter of bastilla filled with pidgeon was fine though not the best we have ever had (try Le Souk in Paris).

Mains were a very good CousCous Momo (fine but perhaps a little bland) and a good rack of lamb. Dessert of Milk Bastilla was very nice. The Lebanese sweet wine is exactly that, sweet, but stands no comparison with Tokaj.

On the whole a good experience.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Sake No Hana

Tonight we took advantage of the 50%-off offer and certainly did enjoy the evening.

The restaurant is very pleasant but has its slightly odd touches like having to take a lift to reach the toilets two floor down. Music reminds of Hakkasan which is not too surprising given the man behind Sake No Hana. Service however was much better than Hakkasan and Yauatcha. Very pleasant and helpful. When I was eyeing up the food at the neighboring table and asked my wife what it might be I was immediately and discretely informed of the dish's name. This was lucky as these scallops with spinach were absolutely delightful and easily the best dish of the day. The food in general was consistently nice but not necessarily outstanding. We enjoyed the yellowtail terryaki but found the crab wrapped with seabass less succesful but still nice. Courgette flower tempura were delightful, Shimeji mushroom tempura very nice and japanese green pepper nice but we did not enjoy much the baby aubergine tempura. We meal had started with excellent but veryvery pricey sushi. £7 for a single piece of seah urchin sushi felt a little steep but they were really very good. Sashimi of turbot and eel was fine.

We behaved like westerners do and asked for wine rather than sake. I am sure Alan Yau must be depressed about so much lack of adventure. The selection of wine by the glass is very limited really. We took the two possibilities, an Alsacian Riesling that was fine and a Pouilly Fume which was very well received by my wife (perhaps the first time ever she finished her wine before me).

All that and a bottle of still water set us back £90 making use of the 50% offer and would have come to £140 without it. We may well go again thanks to a combination of a nice place, excellent service and generally enjoyable dishes.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7

Salaam Namaste

We visited Salaam Namaste for dinner tonight with a friend and on the whole the food was very enjoyable. Lamb chops with ginger and herbs were very nice, Goan style king prawns were also well received even though my wife normally does not eat too spicy. An aubergine dish for our friend seemed to go down well. Naans and Paratha were average but the Mango lasses was nice. Coffee was ok. We visited under 50% deal and in the end the meal came to 39.90 for three including service instead of 56.70 pounds. For the quality of the food I would have happily paid the full price.

The place seemed very popular and it was full to the last place even though it was Wednesday night.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

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