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“Style with Substance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Claude's

Claude's
10 Oxford St., Sydney, New South Wales 2088, Australia
02-9331-2325
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Ranked #730 of 5,160 restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: European, French, Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Style with Substance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Paddington is a trendy part of Sydney, and it seems as though style extends right through to the food and decor of this Oxford St restaurant. The prices are high but the standard of everything here is of equal quality too. The refurbishment has created an energetic, bright and fun space that's welcoming. Upstairs is the formal restaurant with its degustation menu and then downstairs is the bar with the relaxed vibe and casual dining. The meals are meticulous in presentation and taste sensational. The blackened prawns for entree and pork belly are favourites of mine.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A lovely experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A very fine restaurant for a special night. The food was beautiful. The service excellent and the decor and atmosphere charming.

Visited December 2012
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“mostly great I suppose...?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Finally coming to one of the best (-rated) restaurants in Sydney was an exciting event, and the service on the floor and while booking was excellent, but the food had more misses than hits. PLEASE dispense of the bland, low-temperature poached egg that is fashionable now that is reminiscent of foetus, although probably not as flavoursome. It alone dramatically lowered our enjoyment of the meal, and does anytime it is served (at other restaurants). The staff is award-winning and a pleasure to be around. The portions are excruciatingly small even added to little elements before and after the set menu that seem to be obligatory when 'fine dining'. There were probably 2 or 3 excellent courses and the asian really dominates... maybe it is a problem that 2 out of those 3 courses are the french-influenced ones! The space is beautiful and intimate but I, in summary, prefer food that speaks for itself, with flavour.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“So very, very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

I had heard much about Claude's and whilst it is something of a different restaurant from its original incarnation it did not live up to the reputation.

Whilst food was beautifully presented it was surprisingly bland. Even for a tasting menu the portions were incredibly small.

Service was excellent and the wine list was varied but overall something of an underwhelming experience. Shame.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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sydney
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Don't bother”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

No doubt this is technically "excellent" food. But no dish was memorable; no dish was in any way flavoursome. Ridiculously tiny portions with no substance. At least Tetsuyas does good quality and good tasting degustation. This is "nouvelle cuisine" at its very worst.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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