I came here with a group of friends. I didn't make the booking myself but the lady who did certainly hadn't appreciated that we would have to have a group menu - 3 courses for $95, a 5 course tasting menu for $105 or a 10 course tasting menu for a price I can't remember. Of course we all had to have the same so those who wanted the 5 course or those who only wanted 1 course were always going to be disappointed. In the end we all went for 3 courses but they agreed some of us could have starter and main for $75.
The portions were tiny and while the food was nice enough, it was not that stunning. The seared scallops with smoked eel and sweet potato contained 2 chopped up scallops and the smoked eel was in a puree so not very distinguishable. For the main I had beef which came with a thick slick of something that looked like marmite but tasted of nothing. With this we had 5 small bowls of vegetables between 12 of us which was nowhere near enough.
So that was the food - possibly a 3 out of 5. However, the service and wine situation brings that down. The reception was frosty. In fact, there wasn't a reception. Our table was not ready and we were left waiting for around 30 minutes (and our booking was already a late one). People were ravenous by this point. The staff were just the unfriendliest people I have ever have serve me. The wine list is ridiculously expensive. We wanted some pinot gris for the white to keep the chardonnay and sauvignon haters happy. However, of the 3 listed, the only one they had available was the most costly of over $200.
So, all in all, disappointing plus plus plus. I don't live in Sydney so definitely won't be tempted back. Maybe we just had a bad experience and a cosy dinner for 2 would have been nicer. Reading the other reviews here, I doubt it. Up themselves is the best phrase that springs to mind but I'm too polite to put that in the title.
In the end we paid $122 each - quite a lot for a glass of bubbles, a starter, a main and a glass of wine
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