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“Overated and slightly pretensious” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sede

Sede
Ranked #19 of 37 Restaurants in Annandale
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
62 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Overated and slightly pretensious”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

As previously noted, Vicini's is now called Sede. The same menu is now available upstairs and downstairs. Apparently they only take reservations for 4 or more people. However, we were lucky to get a table upstairs for two. There's not a lot of room between tables so it's a bit squeezy.

After receiving the menu, the waiter disappeared for some time. Eventually he returned and took the order. We ordered a drink and a main course each. We waited and waited and waited for our drinks to arrive to no avail. They had forgotten the drinks and we received them after the food arrived. The portions were extremely small, although tasty enough.

I believe the food and wine are overated and overpriced for what you get. The service was extremely disappointing. I won't be going back.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Manila
Level Contributor
6 reviews
“A simply good dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly, no pretentiousness here. All one need be concerned about is enjoying the food. And enjoy the simply delicious pasta and fish dishes we did!

Visited May 2012
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Thank Marilyn V
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Vicini is now called SEDE - have the cocktails, skip the food!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We dined at the newly refurbished and renamed SEDE, at the roundabout on Booth Street Annandale, on Friday night 11th January, 2013. It seems to have new owners and reopened - we think - in November 2012. We dined upstairs on the full dinner menu, rather than downstairs at the pizza bar.

The greeter/front of house fellow was delightful and helpful. However the wait staff are really trying too hard to be formal and snotty, in what is otherwise a delightful comfortable environment.

The tomato salad was an absolute joke, although in fairness the waiter did warn us the portion was very small! But for $9 there was about .35 cents worth of salad on the plate. The pork belly was spongy and flavourless. The $9 potatoes were salty with a bit of rosemary as an afterthought, rather amateur.

The worst element of the meal was when the waiter arrived with 2 bread rolls on a plate, and said "bread for you?". We said sure, and the plain sesame white rolls were placed in front of us. Then to our surprise there appeared a $7 charge for bread on the bill. We found that rude!

The shining lights of the meal:
1.calamari fritti, dusted with paprika, quite a good value for $18 as a shared entree, and perfectly delicious!
2. margherita cocktail was perfectly mixed and ice cold.

If the new owners can adjust the attitude of the waiters, abandon the cost for bread, and so something more interesting with the vegetables - then they might have a winner for Annandale.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Favourite restaurant in Sydney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

This restaurant mixes great food and service perfectly, something that I think Sydney restaurants are missing. We had two entrees, two mains, some bread and brought our own wine (I think it's byo during the week only), which came to just under $100 ($50 per head).

For entree we had the scallops and the braised octopus with chickpeas. They were both stunning and I have never eaten anything like them before in terms of flavors/combinations. They were presented beautifully and tasted amazing.

For mains we had the salmon and the crab linguine! YUM! Absolutely stunning again.

Seriously great restaurant and I kind of don't want to tell anyone about it... But I have to because it is so great.

I just hope they don't get a smh review because it will ruin the place.

Oh and the only reason I didn't give full marks for value is because the entrees are quite small.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Annabel S
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