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“Consistently top quality”
Review of Paymasters

Paymasters
Ranked #3 of 575 Restaurants in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Paymasters is a little haven, within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of the Newcastle CBD in NSW. Located on the Foreshore Park, overlooking the busy and picturesque Newcastle Harbour. Next door to Customs House, the heritage-listed building is on the site of the historic old Convict Lumber Yard. Paymasters Restaurant is one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley's most delightful dining experiences. Paymasters is atmospheric, romantic and yet casual. Superb staff ensure a conscientious, personable and delightful dining experience. An essential first date restaurant, our pancakes are wonderful on a weekend morning. Come to Paymasters and experience Garlic Prawns like you will never taste again. For the visitor to Newcastle, Paymasters is a must experience, for the Hunter local - a weekly haunt. Paymasters can accommodate all manner of circumstances, so bring the kids or a large group. Bookings recommended. Paymasters is fully licenced, one of life's little pleasures. Worried about splitting the bill? We can run separate accounts so you don't need to make calculations later. For large parties, we ask for account names when you confirm your final numbers for your booking, smaller parties can arrange accounts when ordering. We are able to do individual food and beverage accounts for parties of any size.
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The first time we came to Paymasters, for a Sunday breakfast, we decided we wanted our wedding reception here - and never looked anywhere else. The owner was immediately welcoming and friendly; the staff equally friendly, attentive and efficient; the food, coffee and beverages were of the highest class. Since then we've dined here regularly and have continued to experience the same quality of friendly service and amazingly good food.

We did indeed have our wedding reception at Paymasters, and the Executive Chef could not have done more for us. They set up the room, including laying table runners we had bought, setting up the place cards and tables for gifts and the cake. Our guests loved having their own choice of menu and drinks, and all commented on the quality of the food and the friendly service. They all knew we had treated them to something very special, yet we were surprised how affordable the event was.

We've read other Paymasters reviews since then and echo all the praise for Randalph and Rodney, and their teams. They are just consistently excellent.

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Thank Jen S
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Our group of 30 was catered for extremely well. Fresh, creative food served hot and quick. They have a bill splitting policy and issue numbers for each person in a group to run their own bill on - first time I've ever seen this and a great idea to solve the problems that arise in bill splitting. Staff were on the ball, all quality. I'm only visiting Newcastle but next time I'm back I'll return. The head chef clearly has a passion for food and the restaurant, it's not just a job.

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Thank Stan F
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Brilliant menu that catered to everyone's tastes - very fresh produce beautifully presented.
We had booked out the lower level of the restaurant for our function on Saturday - everyone was incredibly impressed. The views over the foreshore were just lovely - Randolph was extremely attentive & helpful as were Rodney, Michael and Michelle (?). We could not fault this lovely restaurant. Not cheap but well worth the cost. Good selection of drinks & you must taste the Sticky Date Pancake with Rum & Raisin Icecream - it is to die for!

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Thank AussieFamily4008
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Rodney P, Manager at Paymasters, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2013

Thankyou for the kind words, yes I have to admit the view is beautiful after being here 12 years as head chef now executive chef / manager I look at it every day and think WOW!! Customer service is something that we enjoy doing as well as serving the beautiful food. ROD

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

"we had to ask for drinks service and the service was generally quite slow. Meals were overpriced for the size and inattentive staff made for a very ordinary visit"
This is NOT a fast food outlet. It depends on how busy they are. My experience has always been excellent. The food is inventive and of quality. I have been so many times that I have tried everything on their menu. Their French soup is always a goer.
What impressed me more is the wine list. Their Billy Goat Chardonnay is so excellent that my wife looked the supplier up and within 10 minutes had bought 3 dozen.
If you are lucky enough to meet Randolph you will realise that he is doing something right. He has been their for 30 years and surviving where other Newcastle Restaurants are fighting to survive.

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a quaint restaurant with the most delicious food ever! Great for a special occassion. The menu was interesting and we had a hard time deciding what to eat. Finally settled on stuffed calamari, baked camembert cheese, mains - hubby settled on the prawns and I had the duck .We weren't rushed and enjoyed the whole experience. well worth the visit.

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Thank UAEBarbie
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