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“Great Ambience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Establishment

The Establishment
252 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
92403000
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Ranked #168 of 5,416 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $65
Cuisines: Thai, Australian, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Went to the Establishment a couple of times as close to hotel and recommended by friends. Food was good but mainly went there to meet friends. The bar staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Was quite quiet on the evenings I went (Monday and Wednesday) but gets quite lively apparently at the end of the week

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Batavia, Illinois
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Fancy facade, not much substance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Ambiance, decor and prices all suggest a top-notch dining experience. The sushi was decent and the pork belly entree was too fatty. Not very exciting overall. The service was also poor. Allow me to suggest that the servers were hired on the basis o their appearance rather than their skills.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Not as astonishing as people would make you think”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

It's one of the most famous place in Sydney but it has no real character. It's packed during afterwork so it's better to arrive early to get a nice spot at the bar. The better you tip, the better you will be taken care of :-)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Another great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I think we all have a few favourite restaurants, I've got a few and The Establishment is definitely one of them, I've been going there for about 10 years now and have never been let down.
The food is fantastic and the service is professional. It's one of those places that you walk out of with an absolute smile.
Fine dining- I recommend The Establishment to any and everyone.

  • Visited March 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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Sydney, Australia
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great for lunch with the girls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I've been visiting the Gin Garden at the back of The Establishment for around three years. It's centrally located to where my girlfriends work and we're usually seated 'outside' (under cover) without much of a wait. They have a pretty eclectic menu, which has changed over the years. In 2012 they changed it to some weird bistro-style menu, which didn't last long, before reverting back to a scaled down version of the original.

The Thai food they do is pretty good but you could buy cheaper elsewhere. For $17 I can recommend the chicken cashew dish. Wine is a bit pricey by the glass and service at the Gin Garden bar is a bit hit and miss. Take advantage of the complementary chilled water that sits at the end of the bar. It's nicely iced and often infused with fresh lemon or mint or the like.

The manager of the Gin Garden (during lunchtime service) is great and won't stand for queue jumping if you're waiting for tables. So make sure you speak to him first.

The Thai prawn curry has a nice piquancy and the beef pie has a lovely flaky crust and the meat is tender and tasty. I normally stick to the Thai dishes for the flavour and the fresh veggies that come with the dish.

There is a variety of separate tables and some big communal tables, but the distance between seats is enough that it doesn't feel weird sitting next to a stranger.

I like the atmosphere out the back. The building has been nicely restored. The Establishment bar that sits between the Gin Garden and the street is fine but a little soulless. A better place to hit once the sun goes down. What this bar lacks in warmth during the day the building makes up for in grandness.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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