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“A nice step up” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bistrode - CLOSED

Bistrode
Price range: $38 - $38
Cuisines: French, European
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Surry Hills
Newcastle, Australia
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144 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A nice step up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

I dined at the cbd hotel a few years ago and walked away quite underwhelmed. A revisit to the more recently rebadged Bistrode for a work function has me looking for an opportunity to return.

Olive and anchovy tart entree was very, very good and the baked sirloin main was wonderfully cooked medium-rare, even if the cut was a little gristly on the edges (a challenge for this particular cut). While I abstained from dessert, fellow diners were universally impressed. And throughout, the service was efficient and the drinks service flowed yet not over-lubricating their guests.

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12 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Sydney
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A conflict of interest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

There is no doubt this is a hidden gem in the CBD. The Mains are some of the best in the city, particularly the steaks, and the ambience was wonderful, which is a real surprise given its location. The let downs were the service quality was consistently clumsy and the starters were poor. Id recommend taking the starters and service from Scarlett in the rocks and the Mains from bistrode, then you have a top class complement.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mkolat
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Australia
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

Just returned from a business dinner for 30 people at this restaurant.
This was my first visit since CBD became Bistrode CBD.
I loved it then and its just as good now.
We were a large group spread over three tables, but service was no trouble for a group this size.
Orders were taken quickly and all the meals arrived at a similar time. The octopus entree was excellent, as was the fish main. I was waiting with anticipation for Jane Strode's signature Honey tart with Peanut Butter ice cream and wasn't disappointed.
The service was just right. Water and wine glasses filled at the right time and always with a smile.
Would absolutely recommend this restaurant for a small or large group.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KimD2009
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Canberra
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Wonderful Bistro Food and Knowledgeble Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

I really loved this place and am surprised it doesn't rate much higher in TA. I think the reason that is, is that it has developed into a local Bistro without too many visitors frequenting it. This is no mean feat for the heartland of Sydney dinning Surry Hills. Just note that there is another restaurant in the city called Bistrode CBD run by the chef's partner.
The restaurant is in a old shop front with marble topped tables and tiled floor and wall, it could have been an old butchers shop in a previous life. The place was half full on a Wednesday night and most of the crowd were well know to the single very professional waiter working the floor. The food is a mixture of european and asian but not mixed on the same plate, you had corned beef with potatoes or pork belly szechuan but no strange east meets west. Wine was a short but well thought out list with some exotics and by the glass were excellent, pre dinner martini was a highlight.
If you live in Sydney it would be a great local but if you are visiting a great place to eat like a local.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
1 review
“Very pleasant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2011

Visiting Sydney from US and had been doing a great deal of upmarket dining. Was taken by a local to Bistrode in Surrey Hills for a little light relief. what a joy! Lovely canopied shop front entrance - very bistro. Quite small - maybe 30 to 35 diners and a mix of sort of Franglaise style bistro fare. Great winelist with great value drops. I must admit we imbibed quite heavily so my thoughts about the place are possibly a little shiraz tinted. There's no doubt I'll be a regular here during business trips. I think this is more the kind ofplace I'd expect to find in Melbourne

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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