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“Amazing food, with very slow service”
Review of Blake's

Blake's
Ranked #13 of 102 Restaurants in Castle Hill
Price range: $22 - $90
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 7, 2014

My wife & I ate here on a weekend and the restaurant was packed solid. We asked for a table on the balcony / verandah, which was set up for us in a few minutes. The restaurant had a buzz about it, almost all the tables were occupied, and all the wait staff were extremely busy.

We waited for a a while to be given our menus, water & wine glasses. The menu includes a varied list of options; mainly focussed on salads, pasta, steak & seafood.

We then waited for some more time for someone to take our order.

We asked for some garlic bread and a starter, for which we waited some more time to be served.

We ordered our mains (ribs & a steak), and waited.. and waited. And by the time our mains were served, we must have been there for over an hour and a half; and we had worked our way thru the wine (not that we were very thirsty)

Having said that, the food was amazing and delicious. The meat was cooked to perfection. It was well presented, made with care and passion, and all the delays were forgotten and forgiven.

We'd definitely return at a later date, but not on a weekend due to the slow service.

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Thank MJD013
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We are locals to castle hill and have eaten there regularly over the years, however not for the last 2 years or so. We Arrived for our reservation at 7.30 and by 8pm had to ask someone to take our order, at 9pm we asked the waiter how long to our entree, as we had been sitting there for 1.5 hours, he came back and offered some garlic bread, we again asked how long, he came back and said another 15 mins, so at 9.15 pm our entrees arrived, after accidentally been given the entrees for the table next to us, we had a laugh with neighboring tables about how we would be happy to eat anything. Sure enough main comes out, our dinner was delivered to two other tables, before going back to the kitchen and coming out 5 minutes later, not hot, after waiting another 5minutes the other two meals arrived. By 10:10 we decided to cancel our dessert platter as we had waited for way to long for our main meals. While eating our main meals they still hadn't cleared our entree plates, they sat on the table!
Now normally we would understand that the place is busy, short staff, whatever, unfortunately my friend went and spoke to the manager and expressed his disappointment at such huge delays, she literally told him she didn't agree!! I think it is time she asked everyone else sitting around us, what they thought of the delays, you know it is bad when three other tables talk between each other about sharing meals between us.
The duck was dry, the chicken curry was gluggy and the veal medallions weren't medallions!
Sorry, I like to support local business but there are so many good restaurants in the hills area, we don't need to return.

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Thank gogo65
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

The decor on this place is a little dated but the food overcomes any shortcoming in that area.

The food is nothing short of truly outstanding - and it is very reasonably priced too.

I cannot believe that I have lived in this area for so long and overlooked this gem of a place.

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Thank LoveTheTropicsSydney
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

After having a private function for 80 people at Blake's we can do nothing but rave about The Food-( fresh and luscious ) The Service- Friendly helpful and very accommodating Meal Sizes- So Much food on the plate and So tasty fresh and Clean ....I Highly Recommend Any one to eat at Blake's Restaurant you will walk out thoroughly pleased with your evening......Thank You To The Staff And Chefs For an amazing experience....❤❤❤❤❤
Looking forward tour next Meal with you ,, We know it will be a wonderful night with a wonderful team .....!

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Thank patra2013
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Just love this special restaurant in Castle Hill.Food is always sensational & service is exceptional.

Thank graemel l
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