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Australian, Wine Bar
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Reviewed December 16, 2020

they were not good with dietaries, leading to a lot of anxiety and an uncomfortable dining experience

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed March 21, 2020

More goodness in Potts Point In the competitive market of Potts Point hides Monopole and I say hides because it is closed off during the day so you could easily miss it walking along McLeay Street. Great bar and restaurant with pleasant staff. The shared...entrée of eggplant and chickpea chip was mediocre, the mains were of Wagyu Tartare and blue cod were beautiful. The favourite however was dessert - Buttermilk + Coconut + Brioche + Black Lime. I could taste all these flavours and savoured each mouthful. The cheese platter looked appetising. Nice ambiance, food is on the expensive side with blue cod being $40.00. Thoroughly enjoyed our carafe of wine. There is a tasting menu for $75.00 & I believe Monopole is open till late.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 16, 2020

Came for an early dinner and did not leave disappointed by the food. Everything was generous, tasty and original. The stand out is the intercostal.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Nice ambience - a pleasant retreat in the busy neighbourhood of Potts Point on Macleay Street. Very nice, friendly service. Delicious food - the meat dishes were so tender. The potato with seaweed butter as a side was very yummy. Very nice desserts. Good wine...list. Not cheap.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

Most appalling service by our waiter - he was extremely rude and unprofessional. We would have had a better than average experience if not for him, but because of him it was one of the worst dining experiences ever. We followed up on our food...as we were left waiting for our mains for quite a long time and were told very condescendingly that we had not waited that long. As it was a celebration, we took some photos with flash to commemorate the occasion and we were told by the same waiter to stop as “this is not a photo studio. If you need to take photos hire a photographer. This is inappropriate”. We saw on Instagram that many people had taken photos here so we were unsure why we were targeted in particular - we speculate perhaps racist. We do not recommend to go here at all as you can find restaurants with better food and MUCH better service in the area. We’re so disappointed as we had heard good reviews.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

Wonderful food, excellent, personalised service from our charming waiter (though the older guy with glasses seemed a bit awkward). Dark and moody interior. Drinks are expensive though! Funny how all the East Asians were seated together in the rear of the restaurant lol. Amazing food,...certainly a winner.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

Food here wasn't bad, however the service was slow, it took over 30 mins for our cocktails and oysters to be served. Better yet, the waiter who served us was rude and condescending. He made statements that were uncalled for twice throughout the night, and...quite frankly I'm dissapointed that a staff member would speak to any customer like that, especially for a two-hatted restaurant. Only positive was the duck, but wouldn't return or recommend this restaurant to anyone, after experiencing poor service first hand and knowing that previous diners have also had bad experiences with other waiters/waitresses in this restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

One of the waiters made our night absolute hell. He was condescending and judgemental - after we expressed that we had been waiting for our mains for 50 minutes since ordering he told us curtly that we had not waited 50 minutes for food since...the entrees had come out. When we took photos with flash the same waiter told us that we weren't allowed to take any photos at all and that it was inappropriate to do so. There are nicer ways to get the message across and we would've happily obliged but it left a bitter taste for the whole table and we won't be coming back. Would not recommend to any friends or family.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 7, 2020

This is a difficult review to write, because unfortunately there is little consistency (or high variability) across items on the menu, both as to presentation and quality. On the plus side, the main fish dish of blue-eyed cod, zucchini and fennel was perfectly cooked, with...excellent presentation, and an interesting and unusual sauce, perhaps just a little on the rich side. Tasty, original and recommended. It deserves a 9 out of 10. At the other extreme, the dessert of peach/almond/peppermint was a puddle of peach mush, with soggy biscuits stuck into it. It looked like bird's vomit, and tasted little better. How any restaurant can serve up such muck is bewildering. It deserves a 0. Other dishes, such as the cavalo nero ($18) for a couple of leaves was grossly overpriced. And the butter arrived with the consistency of warm margarine and far too 'liquidy' and tasted little better. What is ultimately worrying is the lack of supervision and lack of judgment that could give rise to a restaurant serving up such an appalling dessert, while other members of the crew excel at some of the mains. Also disappointing is the lack of any vegetarian mains (notwithstanding that they advertise themselves as vegetarian friendly - there are really no vegetarian main dishes available). I regret that we had the dessert, as the meal would have been far more successful with it, for all concerned.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 27, 2020 via mobile

The best duck I have ever eaten and the share plate entree of Beef tongue was beautiful. I am aged so I have eaten a lot of duck and I have spent 3 years eating out in Elizabeth Bay and Pott’s Point owing to a...long tortuous renovation to my apartment. In other words I am mad about this restaurant and know this area very well. One of life’s special spots. The waiters were kind but also quietly challenging to me about tastes so being alone which I’m not usually was a pleasure instead of an embarrassment. The Cavalo Nero was bearable, such an overrated vegetable, and the waiters coped with the opinions positive and grumpy.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5