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Universal - CLOSED

Republic 2 Courtyard, Palmer St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia (Inner East)
(+612) 9331 0709
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Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Inner East

112 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Of course you can't visit Universal without a Gaytime goes nuts dessert and of course it is superb (even for a non dessert lover). We had the spring menu, sampled about 6 dishes, which is plenty. Trout Tatiki a favourite. The great selection of wines are all organic and bio dynamic, so that eliminates an headache the next day! Salted... More

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roma, italia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We've eaten here twice this year - wonderful modern food - fantastic selection for vegetarians - and amazing desserts (gay time, little miss sunshine and the ginger meggs were standouts) - plus a fantastic selection of wines, very cool staff and a great location - so sad to hear its closing soon, get in while u can!!!

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

For a detailed review and photos from my recent dining experience see the following link: http://foodmab.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/universal-19-april-2013.html The food, overall, was generally good and quite enjoyable. The desserts are especially good. The Gaytime Goes Nuts dessert deserves its reputation as one of Sydney's best desserts at a fine dining restaurant. Christine Manfield is Australia’s queen of spices, with a reputation for... More

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Australia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

As other reviewers have noted, Christine Manfield will be closing Universal at the end of April and, also like other reviewers, I'm sorry I didn't have the opportunity to visit it more often during its six year run. I dined with a table of several friends and the service staff were outstanding - knowledgeable, friendly, relaxed, professional and accommodating. I'm... More

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We came for the first time last year. It was not as good this year, only 5 out 5, instead of 6. Last time I thought it was one of the top 5 meals I had ever had. This time one of our dining companions said it was their best meal ever. Very sad that it is closing.

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Have been here twice now. It is expensive for what you get, but everything tastes great. I think the plates are meant to be shared. Good wine choices

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Sydney, Australia
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2,253 reviews 2,253 reviews
1,270 restaurant reviews
885 helpful votes 885 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Perhaps went back too soon, the food is wonderful but the magic was not te same. One good feature is that the menu changes regularly unlike many others that stay the same for years. We had different waiters and I missed the talents of the sommelier who had looked after us so well on our previous visit but this is... More

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We couldn't believe it when we managed to park in Palmer Street exactly opposite the restaurant. If this was an omen, the rest of evening surely would not disappoint. And it didn't. The restaurant is intimate and the service impeccable. We had the three course degustation, where you choose three courses from the menu in the order you wish to... More

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Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I was fortunate enough to dine at universal last weekend with a group of friends and can only say I was blown away! Amazing service, atmosphere and, of course, the food. The size of our group meant we got to try almost everything on the menu and every dish was perfect. I loved the kingfish shashimi and a perculiar little... More

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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

What a shame this restaurant is closing, for ever, at the end of April. I dined with my wife recently and could have absolutely kicked myself for not having gone sooner and more frequently. Visited on a buzzy and busy Friday evening. The staff and service were spot on, even to standing out in the rain to get us a... More

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