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“Wow” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Australasia

Australasia
1 The Avenue | Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP, England
+44 161 831 0288
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Ranked #33 of 1,764 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $23 - $116
Cuisines: Asian, European, Australian, Fusion
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia's strong ties with Japan also help determine the taste and style.
Leeds
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

From the moment you enter this restaurant you can tell it is really something special. The décor is amazing and to say it is in a basement the lighting somehow gives it a bright airy feel.

We had cocktails in the bar before dinner and they were lovely, something different to the standard Cosmopolitans and Mojitos. The only slight negative was no ingredients listed on the cocktail menus so a bit tricky choosing, the barman was brilliant though and dealt with our random requests easily.

Equally as impressive was the dining experience. From the moment we were shown to our tables the service was impeccable. Loved the wine menu on an Ipad, nice touch. We chose a mixture of dishes and everything was cooked to a very high standard. Something a little bit different and special, I can highly recommend the soft shell crab tempura rolls and the lamb cutlets.

This is somewhere where that although it is a bit of a novelty it is also good quality. I would definitely love to go back for a second visit. A real treat and somewhere to visit for a special occasion.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for late lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I had to be persuaded to try this place at first because of it being underground but don't let that put you off as it is very pleasant down there.
It has become a regular place for me for a late lunch. The three dishes for £15 are available Monday to Friday until 5pm and this is more than enough for me.
The sparkling rose from New Zealand is also good at £6 a glass.
I was always impressed with the waitress Amy and asked about her on this last visit only to find out that she has now been made the manager so well done Amy and keep up the good work.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“AMAZING FOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We went last Wednesday night and it was very busy. We couldn't get a booking until 9pm. The front of house staff were very nice and the atmosphere in there is brilliant, beautifully styled. I had California Rolls to start and the monkfish with razor clam, chorizo and squid for main. The monkfish was absolutely amazing, sooo tender and cooked to perfection. I can also recommend the Chai Iced Tea, I usually like Long Island Iced Tea and this was equally nice, just a bit sweeter. My only very small niggle would be the service was a bit slow and you struggled to see your waiter/ess once they had taken your order, so to order extra drinks etc would be a bit of an ordeal, but as I said earlier, they were busy so that may account for this problem. Anyway I'm going back again tonight and really looking forward to it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Sunday afternoon with family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Great surrounding s and decor , food excellent with a great choice , prefer the little plates and getting lots, highlights were the beetroot goats cheese salad , yum yum rice went down well , lamb cutlets were perfectly cooked , popcorn tempura and chilli salt, slat and pepper beef skewers
Pork wontons overall very good , also had some great cocktails , and my daughter loved the watermelon lemonade ,
Been a few times now and always good not cheap but when food is good its worth the extra
Staff were very good also and were changing plates and helping all the time
Well done

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Lovely cocktails but food was over priced and under cooked! Steak came on its own with chips charged at £4 extra!!!'

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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