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“A lovely fine dining venue, but not formal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vulcan's - CLOSED

Vulcan's
33 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia
(02) 4787 6899
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Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sydney
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A lovely fine dining venue, but not formal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

I've been visiting Blackheath on and off for over 10 years and have always been curious about Vulcan's, but only got round to it this year, when we splurged for a birthday treat.

First up, you have to accept that there is a minimum spend per person, which an entree and a main won't quite cover. As my husband and I have been known to share an entree and a main between the two of us, this left us well near bursting at the seams as we waddled back to the cottage we'd rented for the weekend. Bursting but happy, though, having just had one of the best dinners in our life.

It wasn't perfect - the soup (with tofu and mushrooms) I'd had was a little on the bland side (more salt needed), and my husband thought the flavours of his main (the pork) were somewhat unbalanced. But my fish main was excellent, with an exquisite intensity of flavour in the sauce, which was well balanced by the crisp, light taste of the accompanying salad. The aforementioned pork was also very well cooked and very tender, and the salad it came with was delicious.

We had no troubles getting into Vulcan's, coming in off the street. It was quite early in the evening, though, and the place was empty. There were a few other groups there by the time we left, but we had no problems with service. The only criticism we would have is that it took rather a long time for the food to arrive given that we were the only guests there at the time.

A previous reviewer had a problem with the atmosphere, but this really is very much a subjective thing. I would describe it as minimalist but cosy, with polished concrete floor, burnt terracotta-coloured walls and tables that are quite closely spaced. Tablecloths would be too much, I think, in an area this size, and would have lent the space a stuffy, snooty feel. It's a lovely fine dining venue, but not formal. It's perfect for those looking to escape the big city for a few days and have planned more for bushwalks and lounging by an open fire than for occasions that will require a nice shirt and blazer. Dress up if you want, or stroll in in jeans and fleece jackets, as we did; the welcome you receive will be equally warm and friendly. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Over rated and certainly not 1 hat!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Bland unimaginative and dated. $36 for a main with no side and then $9 for a side dish of 2 whole potatoes and some green beans. Dessert was a glupey mess but admittedly acceptable flavour. Really have no idea what the fuss is about with this place. Service good but the place was way too hot and absolutely no atmosphere. Who dishes out these awards???

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great lunch !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

I organised a surprise birthday lunch for my darling and two close friends and was not disappointed.From the home baked sour dough bread to the checker board ice cream. Thank you for the fine service. Its always a pleasure eating there.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lithgow, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“First Class restuarant in little Blackheath”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

A very small but comfortable restuarant with excellent service and the food is impeccable.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Still wonderful after all these years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

After many years of pilgrimages to Blackheath, the magic is still there
Not sure I'd call it sparse like your previous reviewer, it is small and I still love the colour scheme which matches the images of "vulcan"
Similalry the art evokes a wonderful atmosphere in the small restaurant.
I started thinking that the tables are too close and you wouldn't want to be there on a full day but we were at the window table with our old bottle of Giaconda Caberbet having pride of place on the sill.
Two ladies walking past thought it must be a wonderful place if somebody was drinking Giaconda and they came in for lunch and within minutes, we had joined tables and had a wonderful afternoon.
I don't think the menu has changed too much; the duck sausage and beetroot is still there,the lemongrass and asian influences are still there and most importantly, the chequerboard ice-cream is still there.
This alone is worth driving 2 hours for and it is still an absolute delight.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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