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“Not a bad choice for a simple meal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 3 Monkeys Cafe

3 Monkeys Cafe
131 Darby Street, Newcastle, New South Wales 2291, Australia
(02) 4926 3779
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Ranked #23 of 352 Restaurants in Newcastle
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Auckland
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“Not a bad choice for a simple meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Dropped in here on my own as it appears to be one of the few restaurants on Darby Street that is not Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese. While I love ethnic food, I find them better when eating with a group as you can share a range of dishes.

The restaurant has a small downstairs area and a slightly larger space upstairs including two tiny balcony tables. Furniture is very low cost and I suppose thought of as "trendy" but if anything is slightly flimsy and uncomfortable. Good choice of music in the background mainly lighter rock like Incubus and Foo Fighters. Not intrusive but not totally bland either

Service was fast and polite. There was a large group having a celebration next to me which made it a little noisy since all surfaces are hard. My waitress was great and I ordered a simple teak and some fries, a no nonsense order for someone like me who wants to just get in, eat and leave.
The steak was excellent, perfectly cooked to my liking (rare) but does not come with much apart from some lovely green beans and sliced almonds. I had asked for the side order of fries at $7 but my waitress let me know I could get a smaller $3 order which would be sufficient, They were huge and I couldn't eat even the $3 serving so well done.

So a reasonable meal with good service. Would probably suit a group of friends seeking a casual meal rather than my needs as a business man.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice food, average coffee, poor service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I used to frequent 3 Monkeys on Darby St as it is in a trendy area and makes great smoothies for a summer's day. The coffee is average- often burned, though sometimes very drinkable. Good tea selection. The food is usually a good serving size and fresh, the menu touches a lot of bases. Service is always poor even when not busy- have waited upward of 20 minutes to be asked about drinks. Have had my meals 'forgotten' before with no compensation. They have recently renovated so the space is modern but not well thought out- high customer traffic, lots of noise.

When i actually recieve my meal it's faultless. Kudos for trying but there are better options in Newcastle.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Great coffees”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Love the coffees here service was great felt a little cramped though was not impressed with how loud it was due to a small space

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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“Small space downstairs, crowded and not relaxing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The cafe in the down stairs section is cramped and noisey during a breakfast sitting. The service is poor and the coffee is cold.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Currumbin, Australia
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“Massive desserts!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Five friends and I came here for dessert on Saturday night. It was packed upstairs and cold outside, so we sat next to the serving area. Still nice decor and decent atmosphere. The desserts were huge, especially the hot chocolate bowl, and the sticky date pudding was to die for. We enjoyed the service, the prices were reasonable, and if go back again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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