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“Jewel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bambini Trust Cafe Restaurant

Bambini Trust Cafe Restaurant
185-187 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (St. James)
02 9283 7098
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Ranked #314 of 5,099 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: St. James
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Jewel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Peerless setting, buzzy atmos, smart winelist, fair food, and delightful service (our experience at least, noting others haven't been so fortunate). Looks to be as appealing for breakfast, coffee or dinner as it was for our lunch (and nightcap on another visit). Will be returning for a special occasion.

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English first
Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Traditional European restaurant in Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

An excellent restaurant with professional waiters with food, decor and ambience all reminiscent of fine European dining. Prices are a little on the high side but as it is a special occasion restaurant, they are acceptable

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Disappointing - poor value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

With a friend coming from interstate, I booked Bambini Trust Cafe for lunch with great expectations. However, I can only agree with recent reviewers who found this restaurant disappointing - and quite frankly overpriced for what was served. Although I booked weeks in advance, our table was poky and noisy, so shouting at each other was our only option. The young woman at the reception desk got us off to a bad start, with an unfortunate manner that bordered on the downright rude. Perhaps not her fault, but some training in customer liaison wouldn't go astray. The service was otherwise pleasant and friendly, but chaotic. We were asked three times by three different waiters to place our order, the butter never arrived (although we asked for it a number of times), we had to ask for water a number of times, and the 'specials' list was raced through so quickly that it was incomprehensible and we had to stick with the a la carte. The meals were okay, but nothing to write home about. The 'garnish' was miniscule on each plate, although described in detail on the menu, so it was just as well that we had ordered sides. The veal cutlet was pleasant enough but was cooked through, although 'medium' had been ordered and the snapper fillet was just a couple of mouthfuls. There are so many great restaurants in Sydney, but I wouldn't count Bambini Trust among them. The chairs were hard and unforgiving, the tables small and cramped, and the whole place didn't live up to its hype.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I think this is probably a very good restaurant, but the chaotic service is doing it great harm.There were many staff but lord knows what they were doing.We had a variety of people come to the table and it was the blind leading the blind. We are both very good cooks and know about making the best of wonderful ingredients and go out to dinner to be intrigued and entertained by exciting food and a great dining experience. The bambini trust alas was not as hoped.
Why would we have to wait 40 minutes plus for a booked table? And we were only seated because I went in and asked what was happening with the table. Entree were great (mine ravioli and friend's NZ scampi.). Bread served cold and hard eventually and butter/oil never arrived.I would expect a restaurant of this caliber to make its own bread and serve it warm with fabulous olive oil. Mains were disappointing. Polenta had been replaced with mash. Confit of duck was cold and deep fried and very salty. The 'pork belly' was a sad piece of thick bacon, once again highly salted.My friend's steak was tough and full of gristle.
Wine decidedly average.The restaurant was practically empty and we were seated next to a table of loud boring vulgar people who yelled about their squillions all night. We left before dessert.Get me back to the inner west!Back home to re-hydrate after all that SALT.Shame.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Bad service average food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Problems from the start! 40min wait for booked table!

Tough steak. Poured different wines into wrong glasses!

Avoid like the Venucian plague!

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