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“Hurry - Make a reservation before they close.”
Review of Universal - CLOSED

Universal
Cuisines: Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
Reviewed February 20, 2013

It saddens me that they are closing and will be a loss the Sydney food scene. If you have opportunity to dine here please do not pass over this dining experience. All the dishes are inventive, showcase seasonal produce and cater to dietary requirement with a dedicated vegetarian menu. Menu is designed on a tasting plate concept with the order of dishes from delicate flavours to richer and more intense flavours. It allows for any diner to build their own degustation style menu. Desserts, will be a lasting memory and certainly a wonderful way the cap off your dinner. The “Gaytime” and “Cherry Ripe” dessert are divine and based on the orders by the other table, they were by far the most popular dishes on the menu. We have booked back in to take a couple of our foodie friends so they do not miss out. When we dined here, the table next to us were from overseas and had said that this was the third visit in the week they have been in Sydney. This in itself testify how wonderful the dining experience and balance of spices are. Hurry make a booking and don’t miss out.

Thank FoodDiscovery
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is seriously great food and a great experience. It had been a couple of years since our last visit and with our lifestyle, it is often hard to make commitments - mostly, it is spontaneous and what is possible locally.
Last night was for a special occasion and they didn't let us down. They suggested a quasi degustation of 3 savoury and 1 dessert and unlike a couple of your reviews below, I thought the sizes were excellent and great value - they were actually large enough so that my wife and I could split and share a couple of those dishes.
For quality of produce, cooking and variety of dishes, I thought $30 was excellent value.
The szchuan style duck and pork belly were outstanding and althought we didn't really need dessert, you couldn't not try the signature dish - the "gaytime" - too filling but wonderful.
The service was excellent particularly the sommelier, Charlie??, who steered us away from a couple we shouldn't have to more appropriate choices.

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Thank RonWamberal
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

very sad to see this restaurant close - great menu made with fantastic produce, and great atmosphere.

Thank maikaefer13
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This pop-up restaurant has beautiful meals. But for price of $30-32 you have just entree size. 2 dishes completely not enough to fill. With drinks the bill can go for over $200 for 2 with just pub service. But this property is famous but delicious fish and veggie meals - try it.

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1  Thank alexzhdanov
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is a quintessential Sydney experience, dining at Universal with one of Australia's most famous chefs. It's also an original experience: I don't know of any other restaurant that is doing a DIY Degustation. They recommend that you order 3 savouries and 1 dessert, and I'd recommend that you do a matching wine with each (they've been awarded and recognised for their wine list and matching!). What's really special with Christine Manfield's cooking is her spices, often Asian-influenced but fused to a Modern Australian dish. They're flavours bold and clear. The dishes are multi-component but not fussy, a delight of texture and flavour. I loved the baked fish with chermoula, the crispy sticky rice cakes with duck egg topped with a green mango salad (and sweet-sour spices), the duck, the pork belly. Well, we loved it all. My favourite though was roquefort mousse served with a sweet thick Spanish sherry (Manfield is famous for her desserts). Wow. But here's the rub. She's closing the restaurant at the end of April 2013. So get in quick. Lovely service as well, by the way, the right mix of friendly and efficient.

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Thank Quanster
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